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Art and Design


Put your creative ideas into practice by studying art, design and architecture. If you want to design skyscrapers, develop products or create contemporary art, develop the skills to turn your vision into reality.

Monash College offers a specialised diploma that leads into art, design and architecture degrees.

Diploma of Art and Design

Study the Diploma if you:

  • are interested in a career in art, design or architecture
  • would like to study subjects that directly relate to your future degree
  • would like to learn a range of creative art and design skills
  • would like to develop a folio of creative work.

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

Select a stream depending on your career goals and in part 2 of your diploma you will study the same subjects as first-year students in Architecture, Fine Art or Design degrees.

Your stream options:

  • Architectural Design
  • Fine Art
  • Communication Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Spatial Design.

We work 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 and 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.

*Entry requirements into Monash College and Monash University apply.

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At a glance


Course Details

PART 1: 2 trimester (8 months). PART 2: 2 trimesters (8 months)
Start date
First Trimester (February), Second Trimester (July), Third Trimester (October)
Diploma of Art and Design

“Once I’ve completed my studies my dream is to work in Australia as an architect.” - Yawen Hu, Diploma of Art & Design, Monash College. Bachelor of Architectural Design, Monash University. Currently undertaking Master of Architecture, Monash University

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


To be accepted into a Monash College Diploma, you must meet the academic and English language requirements. You will also need to check the age, subject and folio requirements before you apply.

Prerequisite subjects

You must meet the additional course prerequisite subjects which are equivalent to Australian Year 11 (part 1) or Australian Year 12 (part 2).

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

Alternative academic entry requirements

For a full list of academic entry requirements and prerequisites, by country visit the Monash College website.

Minimum age requirements

Part 1: 16 years

Part 2: 17 years

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

English requirements

Diploma Part 1
IELTS: 5.5 overall (no band lower than 5.0) TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 52 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 15, Listening: 5, Reading: 5 and Speaking: 14 Equivalent approved English test

Diploma Part 2
IELTS: 6.0 overall (Writing not less than 6.0) TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 69 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

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.

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 three 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

Making the application

Future students

Trimester one (February)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

Apply through VTAC

Trimester two (July) and Trimester three (October)

Applications are submitted directly to Monash College


Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.