Arts course attracts big influx of students

FINE arts will experience something of a renaissance at Campbelltown TAFE this year.

Second chance: Campbelltown TAFE teacher Lorna Grear with Diploma of Visual Arts students, believes this year's healthy intake marks a recovery in community demand for arts training. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Second chance: Campbelltown TAFE teacher Lorna Grear with Diploma of Visual Arts students, believes this year's healthy intake marks a recovery in community demand for arts training. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Visual arts teacher Lorna Grear expects more than 50 locals to enrol in the college's Diploma of Visual Arts.

The influx of students is a welcome change after state government funding cuts threatened the course's future and saw a drop in enrolments in recent years.

Ms Grear said the return of local artists could be attributed to a public campaign aimed at raising awareness of the changes to the visual arts course.

"In the run-up to the start of the course this year, we've spent a lot of time getting out and explaining to the community what the changes to visual arts at TAFE South West Sydney institute's Campbelltown College mean," Ms Grear said.

"TAFE SWSi is continuing its tradition of supporting local visual artists.

"Students can now gain support for their visual arts studies through a scheme known as VET FEE-HELP which means they don't have to pay any upfront fees."

TAFE SWSi has provided visual arts training for more than 25 years.

Areas of study include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and digital media.

Classes for the Diploma of Visual Arts began on Monday and will run from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Wednesday.

Full-time students would complete the course in a year.

Details: People interested in enrolling in the Diploma of Visual Arts can visit swsi.edu.au or phone 13 79 74.

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