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Studying art at North Metropolitan TAFE is the best thing you can do for your future career as an artist. Throughout your studies, you will be exposed to state-of-the-art facilities and an inspiring environment, right in the heart of Perth’s Cultural Centre in Northbridge. You will benefit from strong, long lasting partnerships with prominent art bodies within the artistic community, and learn from lecturers who are practicing artists in WA.
 
Our courses provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter the world of the visual arts and crafts, giving you a solid foundation for a career in this industry. You will also have the opportunity to continue your studies at one of Western Australia’s leading universities.

Shine 2021

This is your chance to see the best of our talented final year visual arts students for 2021 from NMTAFE studies in art and design. Here are just a few examples.

Nazerul Ben Dzulkefli
Exhibition Banner, 2021

Follow these links for a comprehensive collection of student and staff work.

Course list

National ID: CUA30620
State ID: BGS9
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate III in Arts and Cultural Administration

Working in or want to work in the creative industries or tourism sectors then gain the business skills to further your career working behind the scenes.

From galleries to information desks, from museums to theatres, you'll gain the business skills you need to complement your knowledge of the arts or tourism.

If you are working in or would like to work in the creative industries or tourism sectors this course helps you gain business skills to further your career working behind the scenes.

This broad based program covers aspects of administration to help you on your way to a career working in galleries, museums, studios, tourism bureaus, theatres or art and design retail outlets.

You could also be working in local council information bureaus or markets.

Our Certificate III in Arts Administration and Cultural Administration program is delivered as a one year employer-based traineeship, and North Metropolitan TAFE is the only TAFE from Albany to Geraldton to offer this qualification. You will receive training in the workplace, allowing you to you earn and learn at the same time. Completion of this course will open up pathways to further study or employment in the creative industries or tourism fields. 

Certificate III
State ID: SC-PVA-V0280
Industry Creative Industries

Ceramics

Begin or continue your clay exploration at one of the top ceramics facilities in Australia

This hands-on class has an emphasis on the throwing techniques on the potter’s wheel, turning and joining clay forms. It is aimed at the total beginner as well as those returning to clay.

Try your hand at Wheelwork

We have one of the top ceramics facilities in Australia, so what better place to learn to throw a pot! This hands-on class has an emphasis on the throwing techniques on the potter’s wheel, turning and joining clay forms.
This class is aimed at the total beginner as well as those returning to clay wishing to regain their clay confidence. You will be encouraged to think outside the circle and try altering their forms, and some surface decoration with slip or oxide decoration
Basic glazing techniques will be covered depending on the progress of the class.

There are no prerequisites for this class.

Dress requirements
•    You'll need to wear enclosed shoes e.g. sneakers or leather type shoes
•    Long hair must be tied back and any long accessories must be removed when working on the machines
•    We recommend you wear old clothing or an apron to protect your clothing

For this course, you will need to bring:
•    Old towel or apron
•    Own wheelwork tools (optional)

What is provided
Clay will be supplied for projects undertaken in the course.  Any projects/items outside of this short course content will not be fired and the lecturer has the right to reject work that is outside the course scope or mass produced.

Please note that there has been an update to the materials provided in ceramics short courses. There will be up to 2 bags of clay supplied to students for projects undertaken in the course.

Short course
State ID: EAC91
Industry Creative Industries

Ceramics - Glazing Skill Set

Cover glazing techniques

Ceramacist, potter, teacher, technician, this glazing skill set will enhance your techniques.

Find your ceramic surface paradise

Whether you are a ceramicist or potter looking to explore and experiment in this art form, or an art teacher/technician wanting to complete some professional development in a ceramics studio environment, this skill set will extend the scope of your current techniques and help you ensure safe creative practice for yourself and those around you.

This skill set explores the basic science and technology of clays and glazes by employing practical empirical methods in laboratory and studio settings.

We'll cover various techniques that can be employed to systematically develop new glazes through formulation and testing. Also covered are techniques used for the application of glazes onto ware and methods for diagnosing glaze faults and problems.

North Metropolitan TAFE is the only Registered Training Organisation offering nationally recognised training in ceramics in WA.
Situated in Northbridge, we have comprehensive purpose-built facilities that provide you with dedicated ceramics studios and workshops.

Skill set
State ID: EAC90
Industry Creative Industries

Ceramics - Kiln Skill Set

Learn the art of turning clay into ceramic.

Extend your ceramics knowledge and skills with our three specialist ceramics skill sets.

Learn the art of turning clay into ceramic

Whether you are a ceramicist or potter looking to explore and experiment in this art form, or an art teacher/technician wanting to complete some professional development in a ceramics studio environment, this skill set will extend the scope of your current practice and open new possibilities.
This is a skill set designed for people already working in a situation where safe firing practice with a high success rate is essential. It is also a skill set designed for emerging ceramic artists and potters contemplating building or purchasing a kiln and needing to get the best possible results. 

You'll be provided with detailed instruction on the characteristics of various kiln types, firing cycles, pyrometry, kiln refractories and instruction in firing both gas and electric kilns. The skill set also addresses the specific hazards relating to firing, the regulatory framework within which kilns are used and installed and safe firing practice. 

North Metropolitan TAFE is the only Registered Training Organisation offering nationally recognised training in ceramics in WA.
Situated in Northbridge, we have comprehensive purpose-built facilities with a wide range of kiln types.

Skill set
State ID: EAC89
Industry Creative Industries

Ceramics - Refine Ceramics Skill Set

Develop the range and breadth of your ceramics techniques and treatments

You'll have the opportunity to refine throwing, moulding and casting techniques and be introduced to making large ceramic art works.

Develop the range and breadth of your ceramics techniques and treatments

Whether you are a ceramicist or potter looking to explore and experiment in this art form, or an art teacher/technician wanting to complete some professional development in a ceramics studio environment, this skill set will extend the scope of your current practice. A skill set for throwers, it focuses on designing and making a range of forms with special attention being paid to developing and expanding your techniques and skills on the potter's wheel. 

This skill set will take your ceramics to the next level with detailed instruction on the design and methods for making creative adaptations of the array of traditional functional forms, both large and small. The skill set encompasses a range of creative opportunities for new forms and methods. 

North Metropolitan TAFE is the only learning institution with formal qualifications in ceramics in WA.
Situated in Northbridge, we have comprehensive purpose-built facilities with dedicated Ceramics studios and workshops.

Skill set
State ID: EAC96
Industry Creative Industries

Develop and Implement Business Plans Skill Set

Give yourself the best chance at being a success story

Gain the skills to create a business plan for self-employment, or a small business, in the Creative Industries including photography, fashion, music jewellery and visual arts.

Give yourself the best chance at being a success story

If you are involved in the Creative Industries including photography, fashion, music jewellery and visual arts, are self-employed or involved in a small business, you need to create a business plan to give yourself the best chance at being a success story.

This skill set covers the essentials required to create a successful, profitable business and is designed for creative thinking people. From big picture thinking through to your daily tasks, your resulting business plan will be relevant, effective and practical - designed by you to meet your specific needs.

Skill set
State ID: SC-PVA-V0262
Industry Creative Industries

Drawing from scratch

An introduction to drawing

This course is an introduction to basic approaches and materials used in drawing. It is intended to give beginners a foundation to work from, as well as a refresher course for those who already have some skills and experience.

An introduction to drawing

This course is an introduction to basic approaches and materials used in drawing. It is intended to give beginners a foundation to work from, as well as a refresher course for those who already have some skills and experience. The aim is help you develop your drawing skills, hand-eye co-ordination and exploration of your own creativity. You'll be introduced to exercises in still-life (objects), linear perspective, portraits, expression and life-drawing (nude or draped model). The range of materials includes pencils, graphite, charcoal, ink and papers.

You will be supplied with basic materials for drawing (paper, charcoal, ink, pencils, and erasers) during the class. You are welcome to bring along any further drawing materials that you already have and would like to explore in the class.

Dress requirements

  • You must wear enclosed shoes e.g. sneakers or leather type shoes
Short course
State ID: SC-PPH-V0834
Industry Creative Industries

Lightroom for Photography

Take your photos to a new level

Moving beyond just taking photographs, this course will help you develop your body of work and lead you down the path to getting the work shown to a wider audience.

Take your photos to a new level

This short course will teach you how to use Lightroom, from basic techniques through to more advanced applications (such as portrait retouching). Moving beyond just taking photographs, this course will help you develop your body of work and lead you down the path to getting the work shown to a wider audience.
This is a practical course - you will have access to a computer in the classroom to use the techniques and methods as they are explained and demonstrated by the lecturer.
 

You will need to bring:

  • USB with images
  • Pen and notepad
Short course
State ID: SC-PVA-V0263
Industry Creative Industries

Painting from scratch

Explore the way paint can achieve different effects

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of painting. You will learn the correct procedure for colour mixing and paint application.

Explore the way paint can achieve different effects

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of painting. You will learn the correct procedure for colour mixing and paint application. Each participant will be taken through a series of exercises to help them acquire the skills for painting. The course will conclude with the production of a still life painting.

Dress requirements

  • Participants must wear enclosed shoes e.g. sneakers or leather type shoes

You will need to bring

  • Apron or oversized shirt
  • Own brushes (optional)
Short course
National ID: CUA41220
State ID: AC82
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Animation & Game Art)

A gateway to the creative world of animation and games art

Through this entry-level course you'll gain a range of skills in designing and producing digital art, animation and games and will be engaged in real life animation challenges. You will be introduced to 3D modelling, digital art, animation and game design using industry standard software.

Enter the gateway to the creative world of animation and games art

Through this entry-level course you'll gain a range of skills in designing and producing digital art, animation and games and will be engaged in real life animation challenges. You’ll gain art and design skills that will put you on the path to be competitive in the global entertainment industry.

Through this qualification you will be introduced to 3D modeling, digital art, animation and game design using industry standard software. The skills and knowledge you'll gain from this certificate will put you on the right track to gaining an exciting and satisfying career in animation and you'll also be equipped to continue with your studies with North Metropolitan TAFE's Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation and Games Art).

Certificate IV
National ID: CUA51020
State ID: AC83
Industry Creative Industries

Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation & Game Art)

Professional training for digital artists

This 100% practical course prepares you for work in a variety of industries including entertainment, advertising, architecture, visualisation and content creation for Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Professional training for digital artists

This course represents the pipeline of digital animation and games art production and covers the industry-leading tools being used, such as Maya, ZBrush, Unity, Photoshop, After Effects, Substance Painter and Toon Boom Harmony.

Our goal is to deliver practical quality Computer Generated (CG) training to help you become the best artist you can be. You could find work, not just in the entertainment industries but also in advertising, architecture, visualisation and content creation for Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Diploma
National ID: CUA60620
State ID: AC84
Industry Creative Industries

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Art & Animation)

Gain high-end practical skills in concept art, 3D modelling, animation and visual effects

This practical course is art-focused and will develop your creative capabilities. You'll benefit from our strong industry connections

This Advanced Diploma qualification is art-focussed and provides you with high-end practical skills in concept art, 3D modelling, animation and rigging. Classes cover concept design and pre-viz to modelling, rigging, texturing, and 2D and 3D animation. By the end of the course you will have created a showreel of work, and a short animated film.

After completing this course you'll be equipped to be competitive in the global market, using the same software and work practices employed by top animation, VFX and games studios all over the world.

Advanced Diploma
National ID: CUA60620
State ID: AC85
Industry Creative Industries

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Game Art & Design)

Build the environments, characters and the vehicles/props for games

This Advanced Diploma offers hands-on artistic and technical training in game art. It delves into designing games and scripting game interactions.

Let your artistic skills take you to the next level

Game artists build the environments, characters and the vehicles/props for games.

As well as providing hands-on artistic and technical training in game art, this Advanced Diploma delves into designing games and scripting game interactions. You'll benefit from our strong industry connections and have the opportunity to showcase your work to many of the largest studios in Perth at the end of year Expo. By the end of this course you'll have created a showreel of work and produced a game of your own.

You will be equipped to be competitive in the global market, using the same software and work practices employed by top games and animation studios all over the world.

Advanced Diploma
National ID: CUA60720
State ID: BGV3
Industry Creative Industries

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Bring your creative ideas and visions to life in an holistic studio environment

This course is designed for artists and designers from visual art, jewellery and product design who are seeking to refine their skills and knowledge. You'll develop your own project proposals and gain the skills required to be self-sufficient upon graduation.

Prepare for professional practice as a contemporary artist or designer

During this course you'll explore, practice and demonstrate what it is to be a creative practitioner and gain the skills and knowledge required to be self-sufficient upon graduation.

This course brings together lecturers and students from disciplines in:

  • visual art

  • jewellery 

  • product design

and is designed for artists and designers who are seeking to refine skills and knowledge in an holistic studio environment.

You'll develop your own project proposals in one of these three specialisations and work closely with our lecturers and technicians to explore your ideas and bring your visions to life. At the end of the Advanced Diploma of Visual Art you are invited to participate in a graduation exhibition which is renowned nationally for showcasing some of the WA’s best emerging artists and designers.

You will study in our purpose-built art and design facilities and have access to broad range of industry standard equipment and materials. North Metropolitan TAFE’s reputation for producing outstanding graduates is built on over 100 years of high-quality Art and Design training in Western Australia.

As a visual artist or designer, you may choose to develop your own independent practice, seek employment opportunities within specific creative industries or explore other opportunities, such as internships or residencies, that will further focus and extend your creative practice. Visual artists and designers possess transferable ‘creative skills’ that can be applied within a variety of professional contexts and that allow for interdisciplinary collaborations across existing and emerging industries. Career opportunities for artists and designers exist across a broad range of arts, government and commercial organisations.

This course is only offered in semester one of each year.

Advanced Diploma
National ID: CUA20720
State ID: BGS4
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate II in Visual Arts

Start your visual arts journey

You'll gain the skills and knowledge to experiment with materials and create a variety of art works such as paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and electronic art.

Start your visual arts journey and build on your creative skills 

North Metropolitan TAFE offers a wide range of creative industry courses which will equip you with the skills you'll need to excel in your future professional practice as an artist or craft maker. Our visual art and craft qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

In this introductory course you will develop skills such as drawing fundamentals and a range of techniques using mixed media, to digital art, including basic photography and manipulating digital images, and you'll also learn how create ceramic and sculpture artworks.

Each term you will focus on a specific subject such as ceramics, sculpture, drawing or digital art.

Our courses offer excellent resources and highly experienced lecturers. If you are interested in further developing your art skills, then this is the course for you.

Certificate II
National ID: CUA31120
State ID: BGV9
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate III in Visual Arts

Let your creativity flow!

Learn how to create two and three dimensional forms in a variety of visual arts areas. Gain the skills and knowledge to experiment with materials and create a variety of art works such as paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and electronic art.

Let your creativity flow!

North Metro offers a wide range of creative industry courses which will equip you with the skills you'll need to excel in your future professional practice as an artist or craft maker. Our visual art and craft qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

Through this course you'll learn how to create two and three dimensional forms in a variety of visual arts areas. This course will help you visualise, develop and present ideas and images. You'll develop skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and design.

Your Certificate III in Visual Arts gives you the skills to begin an exciting career in art or for further study in visual art at North Metropolitan TAFE.

Certificate III
National ID: CUA41320
State ID: BGR8
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Explore a variety of mediums in an immersive visual arts experience

Painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and digital art are all covered in this course. You'll get to experiment, explore and develop as an artist while benefiting from our long history of delivering creative arts training in the cultural heart of the city.

Add to your palette of visual arts and crafts skills in the cultural heart of the city

This course will give you an immersive visual arts experience, where you'll be able to explore a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and digital art. Plus you'll gain skills in contextual studies and safety and sustainability in the visual arts.

You'll study in our excellent art and craft facilities and benefit from our long history of delivering training in the creative industries.

If you start this course in semester two you will undertake an intensive delivery and complete the course in six months. The course content will be delivered over 4 days per week; you'll be required to attend classes three days a week on campus to complete practical units in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, and the fourth day will involve a mix of online learning, a virtual classroom and gallery or site visits for theoretical and digital art units.

On completion you can continue to develop your skills through a wide range of creative courses on offer at North Metropolitan TAFE.

Certificate IV
National ID: CUA51120
State ID: BGR9
Industry Creative Industries

Diploma of Visual Arts

Refine your skills and bring your ideas to life

This course provides you with opportunities to focus on painting, print media, ceramics, sculpture and digital art. You'll refine your skills in studio classes delivered in excellent facilities in the creative and cultural heart of the city.

Take your art to a higher level

This course will develop 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. You'll refine these skills in studio classes designed to bring your ideas into reality.

This diploma will enable you to take on complicated art projects with a developed skill set and knowledge of various materials and mediums.

Our art and craft facilities are purpose built to a high standard of equipment and facilities. Students also benefit from the close proximity to the Perth Cultural Centre which is home to the Art Gallery of WA, PICA and many other smaller galleries.

A successful career in visual arts will require you to promote yourself and look outside the square when it comes to gaining employment. You can work on small or large scale public art projects or work as a freelance artist. You can also combine your studies with other courses and become a teacher or work in arts administration.

This course is only offered in semester one of each year.

Diploma
National ID: CUA60720
State ID: AC98
Industry Creative Industries

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (Product Design)

Refine your creative practice

This course will advance your technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop a substantial body of work that expresses your creative vision.

Refine your creative practice

This course will extend your technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop a substantial body of work that expresses your creative vision.

You'll learn in our extensive purpose-built facilities and specialised studios based in the creative and cultural heart of the city that is home to the Art Gallery of WA, PICA and many other smaller galleries. You will receive constructive feedback, technical advice and assistance with design and development from our industry experienced lecturers.

Product Designers work within and across many mediums, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textiles or wood design.

Advanced Diploma
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