Diploma of Visual Arts Students Graduate In Style

17 June 2014

Durack Institute of Technology is celebrating the inaugural graduation of students in its Diploma of Visual Art qualification. Since June 2013, selected students have undertaken training to complete the qualification, the result of which will be shown at an upcoming free public art exhibition.  The Arts and Cultural Development Council (ACDC) on Marine Terrace in Geraldton will be providing their gallery space for the exhibit on Friday 13 June with the official opening by Durack’s Managing Director Bert Beevers at 6:30pm.

“We’ve named this celebration, Exhibit A - The Grad Show because it is a celebration of the 12 month journey of artistic practice and hard work”, Durack’s Art Coordinator Lexie Lazenby said. “The artwork on show is polished, innovative and offers a glimpse into the professional future for the eight graduates.”

During the intake period in early 2013, a group of 13 students enrolled in the Diploma after being successfully selected during the interview and folio presentation process. 12 months later, eight have finished the Diploma with two of the students articulating to university course level, and the remaining six continuing with their professional art practice.

The Diploma has given students the framework and support to focus on technical, creative and conceptual skills to prepare for and develop an emerging arts practice. It has also given them the chance to study across a wide range of disciplines including theory, photomedia, sculpture, textiles and environmental art whilst preparing them for entry into work at a professional level.

Art Exhibition Graduates

Back row L-R: Students Brooke Clarkson, Sonya Eime, Deb Philipps, Kelli Dawson, Elle Santorelli, Durack Art Technician Fran Ponta, Durack Art Lecturers Peta Riley and Anthea da Silva.

Front Row: Students Tiff Lance, Michelle Symonds, Durack Art Coordinator Lexie Lazenby.

“The Diploma of Visual Arts provides students with personalised tuition and large working studio spaces, both aspects a rarity for other students completing the same diploma in a city environment,” stated Durack’s Training Director Darren Winterbine.  “Students are also able to remain living locally but study at higher conceptual and theoretical learning levels.” 

Durack’s support for the Diploma has resulted in additional benefits allowing local students to commence their study pathway and progress to further learning in vocational and higher education in Advanced Diploma or Degree qualifications. As a result, Durack’s graduating diploma students can articulate directly into the second year of a Visual Arts Degree.

The next intake of students for the Diploma of Visual Arts will occur in February 2015. Expressions of interest may be directed to Durack’s Art Coordinator Lexie Lazenby on (08) 9956 2751 or

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PT - Part time

FLX - Flexible

RPL - Recognition of prior learning

ONL - Online

OPL - Open learning

PRE - Preapprenticeship

APP - Apprenticeship

TRN - Traineeship

WPA - Workplace assessment