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FULL TIME COURSES

Professional Artist Program

Course Overview

The ‘Professional Artist Program’ is a two-year course that delivers three qualifications combined – in year one students will study a CUA41320 Certificate IV in Visual Art and a CUA51120 Diploma of Visual Arts combined to form a full-time study load. In year two, students will then progress to a CUA60720 Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

In the first year of the program we take emerging artists and build a foundation to their existing creative technique. They will trial a variety of art mediums, have access to facility and mentoring and develop alongside other likeminded artists. In the second year, we continue that journey and in addition look to facilitate real industry outcomes along with ongoing coursework.

The course has been designed to turn individuals into the best artist they can be, whilst also providing opportunities for a variety of career paths within the creative industry.

CAMPUS

Available at Geelong and Ballarat campuses

DURATION

2 years, 3 days per week, 9am-4pm

Year 1

Year 2

CUA41320

Certificate IV in Visual Arts

CUA60720

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

CUA51120

Diploma of Visual Arts

*Students that opt to only complete Year 1 will receive certificates for both CUA41320 Certificate IV in Visual Arts and CUA51120 Diploma of Visual Arts if deemed competent in all units.

* Year 2 of the Professional Artist Program is optional. The initial commitment is 12 months with Year 2 requiring a re-interview to assess the student’s goals against course outcomes.

Categories of Study

Within a state-of-the art facility, supported by a highly qualified training staff, each with industry backgrounds, students gain skills within a vast array of potential career pathways in the creative industry, including painting, drawing, print making, exhibition and studio practice, freelancing and curating. 

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Painting

Develop, produce and refine exhibition ready paintings

Drawing

Develop fundamental drawing skills using a variety of drawing media

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Print Making

Lino, woodblock, montypes, collagraphs and dry-point etching

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Art Industry

Learn how to become a sustainable, professional artist in the art industry

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Studio Practice

Develop a folio of work, guided by your own interests and ambition

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Exhibition Practice

Participating in sold and group exhibitions

Student Profiles

Further Information

If you would like more information about our application process in detail, or if you have more questions about the course. Please don’t hesitate to contact us through email or directly through phone on 1300 195 303. Furthermore, we suggest heading over to the gallery and facility pages to get an idea of what Oxygen College has on offer and to see some work from past students. We also recommend heading over to our Facebook & Instagram page to keep up to date with Oxygen College.

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Did being part of the Oxygen College community have benefits?

The biggest assistance was the networking and galleries to whom I could reach out and show my work.

What are you doing post study?

Creating more work and commissions as well as selling more of my work.

Information in this student profile is applicable to July 2023

Angelika Moore

Student Profile

Describe yourself and your endeavor as a creative person?

I am a person who loves the ocean and its creatures and painting/drawing them fulfils me. The colours of some of the creatures fascinate me.

Why did you decide to study with Oxygen College?

A friend recommended Oxygen College to me and I did the first course which was so good that I stayed for five years.

Explain why Oxygen College was of benefit to you on your journey?

From the first day in class I felt the desire to help from all teachers. They all found my creativity and brought it to the surface. The teachers are experts in their field and assist all students to be the best at their craft. They went above and beyond my expectations.

Did being part of the Oxygen College community have benefits?

The opportunity to talk about our work, sharing processes and individual practices in how work was created, in a supportive environment was very beneficial to the development of my craft.

What are you doing post study?

I am practicing my craft full time now. I’ve also been involved with several shows over the last couple of years, that have opened up more opportunities for me to learn, and has paved the way to where I am now. And I’m currently in the middle of preparing for a show at the Hue & Cry Gallery towards the end of 2023.

Information in this student profile is applicable to July 2023

Ehren Schloss

Student Profile

Describe yourself and your endeavor as a creative person?

I am a solo artist, who likes to explore a eclectic range of interests. I don’t see myself as solely an illustrator or painter, and I find expressing myself through any type of art form; the most satisfying experience.

Why did you decide to study with Oxygen College?

I am a solo artist, who likes to explore a eclectic range of interests. I don’t see myself as solely an illustrator or painter, and I find expressing myself through any type of art form; the most satisfying experience.

Explain why Oxygen College was of benefit to you on your journey?

The trainers that I had, were very encouraging in pursuing ideas and concepts. Also once finishing the Professional Artists program, it opened up other pathways that gave me confidence to explore within my own creative practice.