Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development

Melbourne Polytechnic

Course details

CRICOS course code: 090497B

Level of study: Pathways Programs


The creative arts industry continues to grow in Australia, offering a broad range of opportunities for visual artists. This course is designed to prepare students to make a smooth transition into a professional practice, working in an industry-related role or in a freelance capacity. It will help you apply your current skills and knowledge to the development of a self-directed project/product such as a solo exhibition, industry portfolio or published work.

Design, develop, exhibit

As a student in our Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, you will have access to your own studio on campus, as well as mentors who will provide critical and constructive feedback, technical advice and assistance with the design and development of your individual work.

This course focuses on building your employability options, current industry knowledge, ability to realise project goals and establish an ongoing practice. We build upon the skills you attained at Diploma level, and our past graduates have produced targeted folios (to approach industry clients), secured publishing deals, established unique online stores, attended international trade fairs and created substantial bodies of work for exhibition.

You will be involved in exhibitions, industry forums and workshops that provide opportunities to extend the audience for your work and develop connections with industry.


Where will this take me

On completion of this course you may pursue careers such as:

  • Art Curator
  • Freelance Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Junior Printmaker
  • Printmaker
  • Creative Artist
  • Community Artist
  • Arts Practitioner
  • Painter
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Digital Artist
  • Arts Administrator


Once you successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development, you can continue onto further studies to complete a degree in your specialist field. You can also articulate directly into second year of our Bachelor of Illustration

How you learn

  • Studio Based
  • Research
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

You will build a folio of work based on projects and class exercises and be assessed on completed projects and final folio submissions.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
15,752 Per Year
Read moreTuition fees per semester: 7,876
30 Jan 2023 12 months
Full time
Melbourne Polytechnic
Preston Campus
77 St Georges Road
Melbourne Victoria 3072

Entry criteria

Most certificate and diploma level courses require evidence of completion to studies equivalent to Australian Year 11 or 12.

If you do not meet Melbourne Polytechnic’s academic entry-level requirements but have acquired skills or knowledge relevant to your chosen course, you may apply as a mature age student. A mature age student is considered to be over 18 years old and has been out of full-time education for at least one year.

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. General IELTS: 6.0 overall individual bands: min 5.5, TOEFL iBT: 49 overall Writing: 18; Speaking: 16; Reading: 8; Listening: 7, Pearson Global Scale of English: – PTE Academic: 42 overall communicative skills: 36, Cambridge English Scale (- Cambridge: First (FCE), - Cambridge: Advanced (CAE), - Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)): 162 overall individual bands: 154, Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS: 2+ ISLPR overall individual bands: min ISLPR 2.


Melbourne Polytechnic
Preston Campus
77 St Georges Road
Melbourne Victoria 3072
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