Visual & Media Arts


North Metropolitan TAFE

Perth, WA

Fine Arts

Visual Art at North Metro TAFE is now in its second century, offering both the familiar VET certificates and Diploma courses in addition to new Higher Education programs. The Associate Degree of Visual Art [ADVA] is a studio-based program which develops the skills, knowledge and attributes required of practitioners in visual art today. The course focuses on learning through practice and the production of a body of work situated in contemporary critical frameworks. Process is emphasised with students extending and refining individual ideas, forms and images from extensive visual inquiry, analysis and experimentation. They generate alternative solutions to conceptual and visual problems, and resolve the work in response to specific criteria in a brief.

Health safety and sustainability are essential to the acquisition of professional visual art skills and knowledge. The Associate Degree of Visual Art includes specialised studio units in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Media Arts, Printmaking and Ceramics, backed by units in Art Theory, Visual Culture and Professional Practice. The course also facilitates a multi-disciplinary approach which may include video, photomedia, performance, installation and other possibilities.

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The Associate Degree of Design (Object & Jewellery Design) focuses on developing individual designer-makers who specialise in jewellery and unique fine craft objects. Jewellery and object design requires refined skills and an extensive knowledge of metals and other specialised materials, processes and equipment.

The Associate Degree offers all the studio experience required to practice as a designer of fine jewellery and unique objects, in addition to a wide range of practical skills and techniques that can be adapted for creative purposes. NMTAFE has a track record of educating designers in Western Australia that spans 115 years. The course is taught in extensive purpose-built facilities and specialised studios at Perth Campus, offering the most in-depth and contemporary studio-based experience in WA. The program is supported by lecturers and technicians with industry experience and a wide network of contacts to facilitate a successful transition to independent practice.

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