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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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Do you love being creative, thinking outside the box and expressing ideas through different artistic mediums? If so, a career in art and design could be for you.

When you study art and design, you don’t just refine your artistic ability, you also develop a number of transferrable skills you can take with you to any job and any industry.

Whether you study jewellery design, visual arts or graphic design, you’ll learn to think critically, develop problem solving skills, work within deadlines and constraints, and communicate effectively.

TAFE NSW has a range of design courses to help you start a career, fill a skills gap, or take your expertise to the next level. 

Choose from courses in fashion design, graphic design, visual arts, interior design, jewellery design, digital and interactive game design, and visual merchandising.

Study visual arts to refine your drawing and art making skills, realise and present a body of creative work, analyse cultural history, and address social issues through visual mediums.

You will also learn art theory and history, extend your natural curiosity and creativity, and gain practical business skills and knowledge to turn your passion for art into a rewarding career.

There are many different jobs you can do in the art and design industry relevant to your specialisation.

Our graduates go on to careers like:

  • Artist
  • Art director
  • Arts administrator
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Fashion designer
  • Jewellery designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Printmaker
  • Animator
  • Illustrator
  • Digital artist
  • Games designer
  • Multimedia designer

Design professionals are expected to know how to use industry standard software (like the Adobe Creative suite) and implement good work processes so they can work in a team and prepare designs for print, digital and other mediums.

TAFE NSW design courses help you develop these essential skills and prepare for a career in graphic design, jewellery design and more.

Take the first step with a Certificate III in Design Fundamentals, then choose your design specialisation with a Certificate IV in Design.

Art and design professionals are entrepreneurial and highly self-motivated. Many make a living as freelance creatives, working on a range of exciting projects like festivals, fine art exhibitions and events, functions, parades and installations. Others can be found working in their own studios, or in a range of government, community and commercial organisations.

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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