Visual Arts

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.

Course list

National ID: CUA30615
State ID: AZM8
Industry Creative Industries
Industry Hospitality, Tourism and Events

Certificate III in Arts 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 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 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: EAB81
Industry Creative Industries

Business Planning for Creative Industry Skill Set

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.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail"

If you are involved in the Creative Industries, 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 to meet your specific needs.

Skill set
State ID: EAC23
Industry Creative Industries

Ceramics - Glazing Skill Set

Cover glazing techniques

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

Cover glazing techniques

Whether you are a ceramicist or potter looking to explore and experiment, 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.

NMT is the only higher learning institution with formal qualifications in ceramics in WA. We have dedicated facilities and world-renowned ceramicists as lecturers.

This specialist glazing skill set covers the science and technology of glazing pottery, porcelain and ceramics as well as the various techniques that can be employed.

Skill set
State ID: EAC22
Industry Creative Industries

Ceramics - Kiln Management Skill Set

Learn the art of kiln management, firing and Raku.

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

Learn the art of kiln management, firing and Raku

Whether you are a ceramicist or potter looking to explore and experiment, 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.

North Metropolitan TAFE is the only higher learning institution with formal qualifications in ceramics in WA. We have dedicated facilities and world-renowned ceramicists as lecturers

You will cover the safety aspects and management of using a kiln, as well as firing and Raku training.

Skill set
State ID: EAC24
Industry Creative Industries

Ceramics - Refine Ceramics Making 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, 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.

NMT is the only higher learning institution with formal qualifications in ceramics in WA. We have dedicated facilities and world-renowned ceramicists as lecturers

This skill set will take your ceramics skills to the next level. You'll have the opportunity to refine throwing, moulding and casting techniques and be introduced to making large ceramic art works.

Skill set
National ID: SC
State ID: SC-PVA-V0280
Industry Creative Industries

Ceramics - Wheelwork

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.

Please let us know if you are left-handed so we can provide you with a suitable ceramics wheel for the course.

Short course
National ID: SC
State ID: SC-PVA-V1011
Industry Creative Industries

Ceramics - Wheelwork and Explore

From hand-building to wheel-throwing and everything in between, you'll explore a wide range of ceramics techniques.

This short course is aimed at beginner to intermediate students.

Enjoy a smorgasbord of ceramics techniques

This course covers a range of ceramic techniques and is aimed at beginner to intermediate students. The techniques taught in class may include wheel-throwing, sculpting, hand-building, texturing and decorative techniques, slab-building, coil-building and glazing.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Requirements

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

For this course, you will need to bring:

  • Old towel or apron
  • Any objects you like to use to texture clay e.g. shells, lace, stamps (optional)
  • 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 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.

Please let us know if you are left-handed so we can provide you with a suitable ceramics wheel for the course.

 

Short course
National ID: SC
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
National ID: SC
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 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
National ID: SC
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: CUA41215
State ID: AB74
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Animation and 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: CUA51015
State ID: AB76
Industry Creative Industries

Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation and Game Art)

Produce professional animation and game art using industry standard software

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.

Create and explore new worlds with this animation & game art qualification

Through this course you'll gain skills in producing professional animation and game art using industry standard software.

This course prepares you for work, not just in the entertainment industries but also in advertising, architecture, visualisation and content creation for Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Diploma
National ID: CUA60615
State ID: AB78
Industry Creative Industries

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Art and 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 and by the end of the course you will have created a showreel of work and a short animated film.

Create and explore new worlds with this animation and games art qualification

This Advanced Diploma qualification is art-focussed and provides you with high-end practical skills in concept art, 3D modelling, animation and visual effects. 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 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: CUA60615
State ID: AB77
Industry Creative Industries

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Game Art and 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. By the end of this course you'll have created a showreel of work and produced a game of your own.

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: CUA60715
State ID: AZL6
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: CUA20715
State ID: AZN4
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate II in Visual Arts

Completing a disability program at North Metro TAFE will open up a whole world of opportunities to you.

North Metro can help you achieve your goals through a range of full-time and part-time courses specifically designed for people with an intellectual or learning disability.Our courses offer excellent resources and highly experienced lecturers.You will learn skills and knowledge, use drawing and other techniques, for the visual arts and crafts industries.

Build on your creative skills 

Completing this program at North Metropolitan TAFE will open up a whole world of opportunities to you.
We can help you achieve your goals through a range of full-time and part-time courses.

This Visual Arts program caters for a broad spectrum of students, including those who may have mental health issues, and/or an intellectual or learning disability.

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. You will learn skills and knowledge, use drawing and other techniques, for the visual arts and crafts industries.

Certificate II
National ID: CUA31115
State ID: AZN2
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate III in Visual Arts

Learn how to create 2D and 3D forms in a variety of mediums

Start your visual arts journey with this course. 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.

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: CUA41315
State ID: AZO2
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. You will 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 Metro TAFE.

 

Certificate IV
National ID: CUA51115
State ID: AZL3
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
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