Diploma of Art & Design

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A Monash College Diploma of Art & Design provides a pathway into first or second year at Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA).*

In Part 1 you develop the requisite skills in art and design principles, theory and production. In Part 2,
you choose your area of specialisation and study the same units as first year university students.
Which specialisation stream you choose depends on which degree you want to study:

  • Industrial Design
  • Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
  • Fine Art
  • Communication Design.

We work closely with MADA's academic staff to make sure you gain the confidence and skills to prepare you for entry into the University. 

Five reasons to choose the Diploma of Art & Design:

  1. A pathway into first or second year of an art, design or architecture degree at Monash University.*
  2. Learn on campus at Caulfield and access MADA's design studios.
  3. You want to study architecture or design and would like to make a start on your future degree.
  4. Receive individual attention – benefit from small class sizes and learning support.
  5. Prepare your design portfolio during your studies, ready for entry to the University.

Diploma of Art & Design course structure

Part 1

Part 1 consists of two trimesters over eight months. Develop your personal folio, which will show your creative work. After successfully completing part 1, you may be accepted into first year of a relevant Monash University degree, but you must achieve the minimum grades set by the faculty.

Part 2

Choose your stream: Architecture/Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Fine Art or Communication Design.

To enter directly into part 2, you will need a folio of creative work. If you do not have a folio you may be offered a place in part 1.

Folio requirements

You must include in your folio:

  • traditional academic drawing – life and still-life drawing
  • creative drawing – idea sketching, experiments in different drawing media.

Some suggested examples of work:

  • three-dimensional concept drawing, i.e. industrial design or architectural concepts
  • model making, i.e. architecture or product models
  • graphic and typographic design, i.e. posters, invitations, letterheads, branding or brochures
  • sculpture or ceramics
  • painting
  • printmaking
  • photography
  • digital illustration or renderings
  • animations/multimedia/website design.

Work is assessed according to:

  • intended area of study (faculty degree)
  • drawing ability (both academic and creative)
  • uniqueness
  • originality
  • sophistication of ideas and concepts
  • experimentation
  • technical skills
  • sensitivity to media.

Submit your folio

Include at least ten examples of your work. Present your work as a PDF (one combined file, maximum 5MB) or a PowerPoint slide show (maximum 15 slides).

Submit your folio as a DVD, USB, or email it to mc.documents@monash.edu.

Part 2 consists of two trimesters over eight months. Study the same curriculum and complete the same assessments as first year undergraduate students. Classes will help you develop your critical thinking skills and university research techniques. These skills will prepare you for success at the University.

After successfully completing part 2, trimester one, and meeting faculty entry requirements, you may be accepted for entry into first year of a relevant Monash University degree, with credits. After successfully completing part 2, trimester two, you may be accepted for entry into the Bachelor of Communication Design.


Assessments for Art and Design Theory include essays and in-class tests.
All other units: projects, presentations and a folio of work at the end of the trimester.


Your future career options

Studying art, design and architecture can lead you to a career in:

  • visual arts
  • architecture
  • product design
  • digital design
  • animation
  • graphic design
  • interior architecture.

*Entry requirements into Monash College and Monash University apply.

CRICOS 045084G