The Diploma of Creative Practice is designed for specialist creative practitioners and is the first year of the three-year Bachelor of Creative Practice. You’ll fine-tune your skills in your creative medium while developing the business and entrepreneurial skills you need to flourish and grow as an artist. Develop the foundations of a studio-based creative practice, enhance your critical reflection skills and gain an understanding of cultural foundations and business as you build and foster a meaningful career in the creative arts industry.
3 years full time or 6 years part time.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Critically analyse your own work and that of your peers
Write academic reflections on your work
Research the business models of creative industries
Implement business skills to develop your creative enterprise
Develop your craft and improve your creative practice
Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market
Graduate with a Higher Education Diploma of Creative Practice
The skills and confidence to work successfully as a self-employed artist
Experience in critically analysing artistic works
Business and entrepreneurial skills
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Initiative and an independent attitude to learning
A foundational understanding of your creative practice discipline
A willingness to work collaboratively and a creative, entrepreneurial mindset
The ability to pay for whatever art materials and supplies you may need
If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.
You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.
Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals create visual two- and three-dimensional concepts and forms through painting, drawing, carving, sculpting, modelling, printmaking, video, multimedia, found objects, ephemera, soundscapes and other media to communicate concepts and ideas.
High to very high
Other jobs include: graduates of the Diploma of Creative Practice go on to entry level roles in the arts sector or work in their creative field.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Alternative pathways into this course
The Diploma of Creative Practice does not have any pre-requisite courses.
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
The Diploma of Creative Practice does not have any post-graduate courses.
Strengthen your expertise and expand your employability
The Diploma of Creative Practice does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers) or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 8 subjects (80 credit points) made up of 8 core subjects.
Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.
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