Why take a Creative Industries course at TAFE?
Do you have a passion for creating things and using your imagination to make an impact? You might find a course in creative industries rewarding and exciting.
Whether you are hoping to pursue a creative career, undergo further studies at university or just want to gain new skills, our celebrated visual arts program offers courses that will help you get where you want to go. Under the guidance of experienced lecturers, practising artists, designers and craftspeople, you will have the opportunity to learn skills in a wide range of disciplines including design, sculpture, painting, textiles, drawing and jewellery-making.
Our visual arts qualifications in the Wheatbelt are offered at the picturesque Muresk Institute, approximately 15 minutes from Northam and 1.5 hours from Perth CBD. Students can study part time or full time and may be able to stay on campus at the Muresk Institute.
Did you know?
A $2 million upgrade is underway to transform the Creative Industries facilities at our Geraldton campus.
Reasons to study in this industry
- Communities with great art and music programs are proven to be healthier and happier.
- The arts contribute to a range of other industries, including design, tourism, media, IT and education, which opens a variety of career pathways.
- The industry is full of passionate people who create, run and manage the arts.
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With our visual arts qualifications, you will gain the technical skills to explore your creativity through a wide range of mediums. Studies in visual arts can open the door to exciting careers opportunities in public art, art administration and events coordination, ceramics, illustration and many more.
When you take a Certificate III in Visual Arts, you will develop skills, knowledge and techniques and apply them as you create original works. You’ll learn about art history, art movements and key artists as well as current issues and trends in the creative industry.
Under the guidance of practicing artists in a Certificate IV in Visual Arts course, you will develop concepts for your own professional practice, gain experience in specialist fields and experiment in your chosen disciplines. You will also have the opportunity to establish connections with people in your creative industry.
A Diploma of Visual Arts qualification can offer you a pathway into further tertiary studies at university. As you develop skills and knowledge in your chosen specialised field, you will maintain a sustainable professional arts practice. You will have the opportunity to experiment and refine your techniques and use of mediums and materials and then create and exhibit a body of work when you complete the Diploma.
Unleash your creativity while developing your technical skills by studying jewellery design with us. You will learn how to research, develop and refine design ideas as you develop practical jewellery fabrication skills and complementary skills in digital design, photography and professional presentation.
Ignite your creativity.
You will learn basic painting techniques to create paintings from simple ideas and design concepts. This course is suited to beginners and you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and to develop your creativity.
Do you want to further your skills in Photoshop and Indesign?
Adobe Photoshop and Indesign are two industry-standard and popular creative software. As part of Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop and InDesign are used extensively for graphic design, creation of promotional materials, document layouts, and photo editing.
In this short course, you'll learn the skills to edit digital images using Photoshop and graphic design skills using InDesign. You'll attend a two-day workshop on campus and five online classes.
Get your start in the fashion industry.
This qualification provides an introductory overview of skills applied in the fashion industry. It includes skills used in the design and production of garments and millinery, as well as in the development of unique fashion and textile designs used in Indigenous Australian culture.
Get the most out of your digital camera.
In this short course you will learn the basics of how to use a digital camera and how to alter and upload digital images. Aimed at those that have an interest in photography or those who own a digital camera but don't know how to use it, you will learn the skills to confidentially take a great photo.
Topics covered include:
- How to correctly set-up and use a digital camera
- Shooting modes
- Correct exposure
- How to alter or enhance your images
- Upload your digital image
The world of fashion is undergoing dramatic changes, responding to climate change. In this short course you will have the opportunity to use sustainable materials such as silk, wool and cotton to create a range of botanical printing samples. You will then choose a technique to create and embellish a zero waste garment, being mindful of environmental sustainability.
Explore your creativity with ceramic techniquesYou'll gain an introduction to basic ceramic techniques to create beautiful pieces from simple design concepts.
Experience the creative journey of marrying found natural objects with hand-built ceramic techniques
In this short course, you'll learn how to work with earthenware clay, glazing, and construction techniques, and surface embellishment. You'll have the opportunity to create a collection of bespoke small sculptural artworks that incorporate a number of processes.
Use Procreate to it's full potential.You will learn how to use Procreate to create beautiful art and graphics.
Design, draw and paint on your iPad.
Procreate is a popular app used by creatives and artists to create digital art and graphics. In this course you will learn how to draw on an iPad using the Apple Pencil and Procreate App.
Topics covered in this course include:
- Drawing basics
- Setting up the canvas
- Essential tools
- Brushes and gestures
- Layers, masks and liquify
- Importing files and file formats
Create a stunning fashion item from scratch
Felt is a versatile fabric that can be naturally moulded into any shape, making it a great option for designing and creating hats. In this beginner short course you will produce felt suitable to be used for hat -making. You will learn how to wash, card and naturally dye a sample of wool to create an exquisite flower. You will use your flower create a felt hat in the style and colour of your choice.
Design and create a beautiful print.
Monotype printmaking is a simple and fun print technique with no experience or artistic skills needed. The magic is all in the process.
You will be guided through the safe operation of a printmaking press and how to create beautiful, unique prints with just a little bit of ink and imagination.
In this skill set you will also learn how incorporating everyday items, found objects and foliage into the print process can add a variety of shapes and textures to the prints. Endless variations and effects can be achieved through experimentation.
Start a career that always has a silver lining.Simply express your creativity or take your curiosity to a career with the skills you'll learn in this short course. You'll learn hands on techniques and work with silver and metal to both design and create.
Make your own silver jewellery
Learn the skills and knowledge to create simple silver and metal jewellery in this beginner course. Using a range of techniques, you will learn to develop your own ideas about design and style. At the completion of this course you will get to take home your own sterling silver creations.
Topics covered include:
- How to accurately measure and saw silver and other metals
- Filing, hammering, texturising and forging metals
- How to safely solder
- Polishing and finishing jewellery pieces
Create beautiful glass objects.
In this course you will learn basic glassworking techniques to create glass objects from simple design concepts. You will have the opportunity to develop your own ideas to learn the technical skills to create your creative pieces. You will learn technical skills including moulding and casting.
Be race day ready.
Do you love fashion and also have an interest in felting? In this course you will have the opportunity to design and create your own Fashions on the Field outfit , just in time for the Melbourne Cup. You will create a garment and your own embellished felt hat in the style and colour of your choice.
This course is split into two parts:
- Create a simple garment
- Produce a felt hat
Students can choose to complete just one or both parts.
Create beautiful polymer clay jewellery.Get creative in this hands-on short course where you will learn how to work with polymer clay to design and create jewellery.
Design and create your own polymer clay pieces.
Polymer clay is a sculpting medium which originated in Germany over 50 years ago and can be used in a variety of different ways including jewellery and home decor. In this course you will explore a range of polymer clay processes and techniques and learn the basics from conditioning to curing clay. You will use polymer clay to create contemporary jewellery and for those wanting to create something a little different an alternative project will be offered.
Your career in the media starts here.Immerse yourself in the vibrant and exciting media industry. You'll gain practical skills and knowledge, as well as developing your critical and creative thinking skills.
Mix your own demo, present live on air and film and edit your own masterpieces.
This qualification is the perfect platform to kick-start your career in the media industry. Industry experts guide you to use industry-standard equipment and software. You'll learn and develop media skills, including the basics of sound recording and editing, video production, post-production, and skills for broadcast production or presentation.
Begin your journey into mastering your creativity, learning to write content for all types of media, and produce content for any platform, from Facebook to the film studio floor. Change how you think and feel about the media, develop your critical and creative thinking skills and open our mind to the possibilities of the media industry.
Learn the basics of sewing.In this beginner short course you'll learn the basic skills to sew a garment and tote bag using a pattern.
Do you want to learn basic sewing skills?
Learn the basics of sewing in this beginner course. We'll teach you how to use a sewing machine and guide you through the completion of various sewing projects, including sewing a tote bag from a basic pattern and a basic garment (elastic waisted pants or shorts) using a commercial pattern.
Gain skills such as:
- Threading a sewing machine and wind cotton to a bobbin
- Laying your fabric and using a pattern
- How to cut fabric
- Sewing fabric using a sewing machine
Make a career out of making beautiful things.This qualification will further enhance your skills and knowledge of visual arts to a para-professional level. Your skills in your chosen field will be further refined, and the only limiter to your arts career will be your imagination.
Take your visual arts career to the next level.
Visual artists work within and across many mediums, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, glasswork, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photo media, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textiles or wood design.
You'll develop technical, creative and conceptual skills to originate, realise and exhibit a substantial body of resolved work that expresses their own creative vision.
Employment outcomes as a paid artist and professional visual arts professional are endless. You may obtain work as a consultant or commissioned artist for private and public sector organisations.
Sculpt your skills and your career path.Your career in Visual Arts in only limited by your imagination. Build on your current skills and knowledge in this course and expand your expertise across a wider range of visual art disciplines.
Creativity starts here.
In this qualification you'll learn how to create two and three dimensional forms in a variety of visual arts areas.
Our training will help you visualise, develop and present ideas and images and give you the skills to design and produce paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and electronic art and experiment with materials and techniques. You will also develop knowledge of art history and theory and gain an understanding of current art issues and trends.
Let your creativity flow.
This qualification reflects the role of individuals working at a pre-professional level who are beginning to develop their own artistic voice and command of techniques in a range of art forms. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of broad and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge and the ability to analyse and use information from a range of sources.
Your career in visual arts is in your hands.This qualification will enhance your skills and knowledge in selected areas of visual art and craft, with options to focus on painting, print media, ceramics, sculpture and digital art.
Turn your passion into a career.
Take on complicated art projects with a developed skill set and knowledge of various materials and mediums. You'll have the opportunity to focus on areas such as painting, print media, ceramics, sculpture and digital media and refine these skills in studio classes designed to bring your ideas to reality.
Visual artists may work in their own practice, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, government, community or commercial organisations.