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Are you creative? Interested in pursuing a career in creative industries? Get into this vibrant field with a CIT course in visual arts or design.

Our visual arts courses offer access to large workshops and are taught by professional artists and designers. They give you a wide range of practical experience, meaning you're work-ready when you go out into the field.

The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is an 18-week entry-level course that gives you an introduction to the fundamental skills, knowledge and experience you need to build a portfolio for entry into the diploma and advanced diploma level courses. Offered both full-time and part-time, the course is for you if you wish to explore a range of creative industry career options.

The Certificate IV in Visual Arts is a 36-week (2 semester course). You will develop and refine your skills and knowledge to demonstrate proficiency in your chosen art form. You will gain a broad and integrated factual, technical and theoretical knowledge with cognitive skills that allow you to analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources.

The Diploma of Visual Arts is a year-long studio-based course offering a broad range of studio electives spanning painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, digital imaging, art theory, creative thinking and creative collaboration. This course offers a pathway into the bachelor degree in visual arts at Australian National University (ANU).

Short Courses

Illustration and Design for Comics, Graphic Novels and Street Art

In this new short course led by renowned Canberra street artist Byrd, you will develop practical skills in graphic styles of drawing suited to book illustration, comics and street art.

Course details:

  • Duration and Dates: Next course starts February 2017 15 weeks. Thursday afternoons, 1-5pm.
  • Cost: $430, including facilities and amenities fees
  • Enrol now!

Topics include:

  • Figures and proportions
  • Locations and backgrounds
  • Composition
  • Combining imagination with observation
  • Designing detailed characters
  • Placing characters/figures into a dramatic structure
  • Creating a mini comic, zine, web comic or series of drawings for publication.

You will enrol into the following two units of competency from the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (CUA30715):

  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms (BSBDES302)
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas (CUAACD301)

Course List

Description Delivery AA/ ASBA
Diploma Visual Arts
Certificate IV Visual Arts

AA | ASBA - these courses are available as apprenticeships, traineeships or Australian School-Based Apprenticeships (ASBAs). See above for availability, or contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or

Delivery - FT = Full-time, PT = Part-time, ON = Online, FL = Flexible.