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Diploma of Art & Design

 

Diploma 

Diploma of Art & Design

(CRICOS Code: 045084G)

The Monash College Diploma of Art and Design will give you a strong set of skills in fine and applied arts, industrial design, interior architecture, visual communications, multimedia, and digital and creative arts.

Your experience will take you into the first or second year of a degree in the vibrant Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University.

Facilities and resources

As a Diploma student, you will have access to:

  • award-winning campus facilities
  • recently refurbished and spacious studios for drawing, painting, print media and photo media
  • faculty galleries and Monash University Museum of Art
  • a general workshop for model making
  • computing facilities
  • digital printing facilities.

Career prospects

Monash University alumni are highly respected in Australia and overseas in the fields of architecture, art and design and many graduates have high profile careers as:

  • graphic designers
  • interior architects
  • artists
  • architects
  • animators
  • craftspeople
  • industrial designers
  • website designers
  • teachers.

Course structure

You must successfully complete 17 units to achieve a Diploma of Art & Design. This includes 16 compulsory units and one elective unit.

In Part 2, Trimester 1 of the Diploma, you will undertake one of the following streams:

  • Architectural Design/Interior Architecture
  • Industrial Design
  • Communication Design

In Part 2, Trimester 2 of the Diploma, you will underake the Communication Design stream:

More information

Download the Art & Design Course Map (pdf, 164kb)

Course duration

  • Part 1 consists of two trimesters over 8 months.
  • Part 2 consists of two trimesters over 8 months.

Age requirements

When you enrol, you must be at least:

  • 16 years for Part 1
  • 17 years for Part 2.

If you do not meet the age requirement you may be offered a deferred place.

Academic requirements

You will enter diploma at Part 1 or Part 2 depending on your entry scores.

Entry Scores

Academic entry scores for a diploma program differ according to:

  • highest education qualification
  • previous academic result
  • the country you are applying from.

Highest Education Qualification

The minimum entry requirements for the diploma programs are:

  • Part 1 - Australian Year 11 or equivalent
  • Part 2 - Australian Year 12 or equivalent

Prerequisite and minimum scores may apply.

English language requirements

English language requirements can be met if English was the language of instruction in secondary studies and an approved English language subject was completed at:

  • Year 11 (at least C Grade or 60%)
  • Year 12 (VCE units 3   4 with a study score of at least English 25 or ESL 30).

English language requirements can also be met through the options in the table below.

English Test Diploma Part 1 Diploma Part 2
GCE O or A Level General Paper (English) C C
Malaysia SPM/STPM English A1 or A2 A1 or A2
Hong Kong CEE English Syllabus B C C
IELTS 5.5 (No band lower than 5.0) 6.0 (writing 6.0)
TOEFL including Test of Written English (paper based) 471, TWE 4 523, TWE 4.5
TOEFL iBT (internet based) Overall: 52 Writing: 15, Speaking 14, Listening and Reading 5 Overall: 69 Writing: 21
Pearson Overall42 no PTE communicative skills score below 36 Overall score of 50 with Writing Communicative skill score of 50

Part 1 – all students

Unit Code Unit Name
Trimester 1 (compulsory)
MCD1270 Drawing A
MCD1280 Art and Design Theory A
MCD1330 Basic Design Studio A
MCD1340 Visual Arts Studio A
Trimester 2 (compulsory)
MCD1290 Basic Design Studio B
MCD1300 Visual Arts Studio B
MCD1310 Drawing B
MCD1320 Art and Design Theory B

When you complete Part 1 Trimester 2, you may be eligible to enter first year of the following Monash University degrees:

  • Bachelor of Communication Design
  • Bachelor of Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Architectural Design.

Part 2 - Industrial Design stream

Unit Code Unit Name
Trimester 1
MCD5010 Basic Design Studio C
MCD5020 Art and Design Theory C
MCD5030 Digital Imaging
MCD5040 Drawing C
MCD5120 (non credit-point unit) Intro Art & Design Health & Safety

When you complete Part 2 Trimester 1, you may be eligible to move into the following Monash University degree:

  • Bachelor of Industrial Design – first year entry (4 units credit)

Part 2 - Architecture/Interior Architecture stream

Unit Code Unit Name
Trimester 1
MCD5130 Architecture Studio 1
MCD5040 Drawing C
MCD5020 Art & Design Theory C
MCD5120 (non credit-point unit) Intro Art & Design Health & Safety

When you complete Part 2 Trimester 1, you may be eligible to move into the following Monash University degree:

  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture - first year entry (3 units credit)
  • Bachelor of Architectural Design - first year entry (3 units credit)

Part 2 – Communication Design stream

Unit Code Unit Name
Trimester 1
MCD5140 Communication Design Studio 1
MCD5040 Drawing C
MCD5020 Art & Design Theory C
MCD5120 (non-credit point unit) Intro Art & Design Health & Safety


Unit Code Unit Name
Trimester 2
MCD5150 Communication Design Studio 2
MCD5160 Art & Design Theory D
Plus one elective from:
MCD5100 3D Design and Animation
MCD5170 Illustration

When you complete Part 2 Trimester 2 of the Communication Design stream, you may be eligible to move into the following Monash University degrees:

  • Bachelor of Communication Design – second year entry

Refer to the Diploma of Art and Design unit guide (pdf, 123kb) for details on each unit.

First Year at Monash University - on successful completion of Diploma Part 1

  Average marks  
Bachelor of Domestic^ International Campus
Architectural Design 75% 75% Caulfield
Communication Design 75% 75% Caulfield
Industrial Design 75% 75% Caulfield
Interior Architecture 75% 75% Caulfield
Fine Arts 75% 75% Caulfield

How to calculate the average marks for Diploma of Art & Design - Part 1

∑ Part 1 Unit Marks / No. Part 1 Units = Average Part 1 mark.
Please note that all 8 units must be passed.

First Year, Semester 2 at Monash University – on successful completion of Diploma Part 2, Trimester 1

  Average marks  
Bachelor of* Domestic^ International Campus
Architectural Design 65% 65% Caulfield
Industrial Design 50% 50% Caulfield
Interior Architecture 50% 50% Caulfield

Notes:

  • Part 2 units are streamed according to the specific destination degree. Refer to course structure.

Second Year at Monash University – on successful completion of Diploma Part 2, Trimester 2

  Average marks  
Bachelor of* Domestic^ International Campus
Communication Design 50% 50% Caulfield

How to calculate the average marks for Diploma of Art & Design - Part 2

∑ Part 2 Unit Marks / No. Part 2 Units = Average mark

Note: Any fail results are included in the average calculation. MCD5130, MCD5140 and MCD5150 are 12 credit point units, therefore their marks are doubled in the average calculation and counted as 2 units.

Notes:

  • ^ Domestic students please note: Availability of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) is subject to quotas and varies in each intake. Meeting the minimum average grade indicated below does not guarantee a CSP. Domestic Students need to apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) for entry into a Monash University bachelor degree program. Direct applications will not be accepted.
  • * While students who achieve the minimum average are guaranteed entry to 2nd year, choice of individual disciplines is subject to quota and academic performance