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Help: Art course in Brisbane

Posted by Leviron on Thu, 01/05/03 - 11:13 AM

Well I've currently finished high school, went to tafe for about 10 weeks and did Business then I soon discovered that business was not for me. I'm an arty kind of person and I'm interested in illustration and design.

My problem is that I can't find a suitable art course to get me into university for a bachelor. Does anyone know of any certificate level art courses for this year so it can help me get into a diploma for next year and so on? Most preferable in Brisbane.

I'm not really sure what I should put into a portfolio to apply for a diploma, it would be nice if someone gave me an example or describe it.

Submitted by Pantmonger on Thu, 01/05/03 - 7:34 PM Permalink

quote:I'm not really sure what I should put into a portfolio to apply for a diploma, it would be nice if someone gave me an example or describe it.

One word, Range. You need to show that you can draw a range of things. People (both genders) quiet and in action. Vechicles, buildngs landscapes and animals etc.

But that being said, a lot of Uni and TAFE places demand specific folios.
For example, when I was at QCA my foilo requirment for entry was.

A scene with full outdoor background.
An original character draw in 4 poses, 2 of which must be action.
Chose one of the action poses and draw it from 4 different angles.
Draw a 6 heads with different facial expressions.
Add 4 other images of your choice.
Do not include anime of superhero style art or characters.

So I recomend that you look into the place you want to study to find out if they have any requirments.

Oh and a lot of TAFE's have the cert courses you are looking for. Look in the QTAC handbook when it comes out again.


Submitted by souri on Sun, 04/05/03 - 5:44 AM Permalink

Hopefully someone can give you a better opinion than mine, but I've done a 2 year graphic design course which is somewhat similar to the course you linked to - a VERY mixed bag of subjects.. the course you listed has photography, 3d, music, video, animation, image editing, etc...along with painting, illustration, drawing... I wonder how much would you really get to learn in just 20 weeks, though. We barely touched the surface of our subjects in 2 years!
I guess this course is useful if you're not quite sure what you want to get into - it'll give you a taste of everything, and you can find out which area you like best to concentrate on for further study.. but if you want to get better at drawing, painting etc, I reckon you should look around and see what other options are available to you. Just my opinion, of course.. :)

Oh - just re-read your posts.. if it helps you get into Uni, then go for it.. ;) (I'm not sure how all that works though, sorry.)

Submitted by Leviron on Sun, 04/05/03 - 7:10 AM Permalink

Sounds like that course is a bad idea then, not worth it for a certificate 2 huh? I have to spend 2 hours to get there each time since I live in south Brisbane and that's at Morningside. Maybe I should spend the money on text books and programs instead. Hopefully next year there are more courses and more places. Why do they have to put the OP up to 6 or 7 for fine arts, it's just insane.

Submitted by Major Clod on Sun, 04/05/03 - 12:14 PM Permalink

OP's are a pain in the arse. Right now I am in my second year of IT at QUT, but I want to change to a double degree - IT and Multimedia, also at QUT. Even though I have almost completed all of the IT part of that double degree, they say I still have to apply through QTAC. They won't let me swap over even though I am already studying the IT side of it. Which makes it annoying because the OP cutoff was a 4 in the year I applied for it (I got a 5) and it was 5 last year, so I'm going to have to really keep my GPA up if I have any chance of getting in. Hope you find a course that you like!

Submitted by souri on Mon, 05/05/03 - 11:15 PM Permalink

What sort of career are you looking to get into, Leviron?

Submitted by Leviron on Tue, 06/05/03 - 2:14 AM Permalink

Just some kind of art related job. I prefer to do something with marketing. I'm not sure on what they call that position.
Just a job where I can use my skills since I?m an idea person with natural leadership qualities but at the moment I?m not sure what I should do.

Submitted by souri on Wed, 07/05/03 - 4:26 AM Permalink

Sounds like a graphic design career to me.. [;)] A graphic design course should be a good step in that direction.

Submitted by Malus on Wed, 07/05/03 - 9:06 AM Permalink

Leviron: Maybe post production for film/TV, or advertising would suit you, they need you to be both intellectually and creatively geared and they are both challenging and interesting fields. Just a thought.