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Don't just play, watch and dream. Create and innovate. Be part of Australia's tech-hub of the future.

Express yourself and unleash your creativity upon the world with a career in art. Our award-winning TAFE NSW teachers will help you refine your creative abilities, and guide you in your chosen medium, providing practical training in our purpose-built studios and galleries.

Art isn't only about creating. It's also about displaying, curating, restoring, communicating, management. Be a part of the most beautiful industry.

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Take a material like clay, add creativity, imagination and science, and spin yourself a career. Diploma level courses suit students with prior experience in the field of ceramics.

Channel your passion and use your natural creative talent to have a rewarding and fulfilling career. Design courses at TAFE NSW and our talented teachers will foster your artistic gifts and develop your design skills and techniques to set you up for a successful career.

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We'll help you to channel your creativity while practising your skills as a designer for events and live productions, such as the theatre, festivals and exhibitions.

Refine your existing design skills or start with the basics and open up a huge range of graphic design careers in everything from magazines to logos to art direction.

Do you want to learn to tell a story through pictures, creating mood and visuals that enchant and entertain? Then a career as an illustrator could be for you. From children's books to films, textbooks, advertising and apps, the work of a illustrator is varied and fascinating. The diploma and advanced diploma are illustration courses that can give you all the real-world skills you need to succeed in industries that embrace illustration.

Apply design principles and skills to what is crucial in our lives: the spaces in which we live, work and play in. Interior design and decoration embraces everything from people skills to colour theory.

Careers in jewellery embrace everything from a bench jeweller working in areas of design, hand production, casting and repair to the design of jewellery as an object. TAFE NSW jewellery manufacturing and jewellery design courses are linked to what the industry requires today and tomorrow. Look for the locations that offer these courses with a focus on jewellery.

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If you have a combination of creative and technical skills, you could become a part of this lucrative and rewarding industry.

Start with a creative process, understand consumers and processes, and end up with an innovative product.

Visual merchandising is all about planning and installing displays that promote goods or services. It combines artistic, creative and sales skills.

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Turn love into a job

"You don’t write essays at TAFE. You're drawing... you're learning skills or doing animation and things that are used now."

Bronte - Fine Arts and Design student

Bronte always knew what she wanted to do. Her love of drawing and her strong entrepreneurial spirit was on show early she started selling her designs to friends and family. Then someone suggested she try an art course at TAFE NSW. Classes weren’t centred around talking about art and theory, but practicing and creating.

Bronte is now a full-time illustrator, mixed-media artist and business owner. She sells her prints, stationery and cards through her online shop and is commissioned to create one-off pieces. 

She credits TAFE NSW with helping her artistic and business confidence: "TAFE NSW showed me so many different styles to work in," says Bronte.

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What job opportunities could a fine arts or design course lead to?

A fine arts or design course can lead to a number of job opportunities; from curating art exhibitions, and styling commercial interiors, to breaking boundaries in digital media and game design.

Qualifications in art and design can lead to a job as:

  • an interior designer
  • an animator
  • a graphic designer
  • a web designer 
  • a game designer

The average weekly salary for an interior designer is $1,057. Whether you're just starting out in your art and design career, want to gain more qualifications, want to add to your previous experience, or simply want to broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE NSW courses in this area include:

  • Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Interactive Digital Media
  • Screen and Media
  • Art Administration 
  • Digital and Interactive Games