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Last chance to enrol in Advanced Arts Contracts - 3 week course starts 25 September 2017.

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NAVA online courses

What you can gain

NAVA Online Courses run for seven (7) and three (3) weeks, are led by experts and allow for collaboration and interaction with your tutor and fellow artists.

  • Learn practical skills to help develop your artistic career
  • Develop or refresh your art business skills
  • Get resources and tools for your practice
  • Connect to a network of artists
  • Hear from industry experts

The online format gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace and adapts to your busy schedule.

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Advanced Arts Contracts

Semester 2

Advanced Arts Contracts

Advanced Arts Contracts

This advanced level three-week course explores agreements and licences used in arts practice and how to negotiate for your rights. The course will examine contracts, what to look out for, how to negotiate, and what you can do in the event of a dispute. This is for artists who have a basic understanding of contracts and need to develop skills in negotiating and a more advanced understanding of contractual rights and obligations. You will have access to best practice resources from Arts Law to develop your toolkit: a commissioning agreement and an agency/gallery agreement.


This is an advanced course, if you are unfamiliar with contractual terms and concepts, it is recommended that you undertake the introductory course - Arts Contracts for Beginners. Please be aware this course does not provide tailored legal advice for artists, but rather provides you will skills and resources to apply to your own context.


Important course information

LAST CHANCE TO ENROL!!

Course dates: 25 September – 13 October

Duration: 3 weeks, fully online

Max 30 students

Cost: $250 for non-members / $230 for NAVA members (inc GST)

Arts Contracts for Beginners

Semester 2

Arts Contracts Beginners

A three-week introduction to contracts and copyright, this course covers contract terminology, concepts and best practice so you can develop understanding of basic artist contracts. You will learn about your rights and obligations as an artist, and be better equipped to read and understand a contract or agreement.


Please be aware this course does not provide legal advice, Arts Contracts for Beginners provides information you can apply to your own arts practice context.


Facilitated by Arts Law.


Important course information

Online enrolment has closed. Please email lpike@visualarts.net.au if you are interested in enrolling next semester.

Course dates: 28 August – 15 September 2017

Duration: 3 weeks

Max 30 students

Cost: $220 for non-members / $200 for NAVA members (inc. GST)

Arts Contracts for Beginners & Advanced Arts Contracts (Combined)

28 August – 13 October

2 x 3 week courses, fully online

This package enrols you in the introduction to Arts Contracts, and then continues through to the Advanced course, covering 7 weeks in total (with a week break).

This is advised for artists who have no experience with contractual law concepts and need to develop agreements, resources and understanding of best practice with organisations or galleries.


$440 for non-members / $400 for NAVA members (inc GST)

Online enrolment has closed. Please email lpike@visualarts.net.au if you are interested in enrolling.

Building Your Audience

Semester 2

Building Your Audience

Building Your Audience guides you in developing your marketing and communications skills with a focus on generating relationships and building new markets for your work. Through this course you will learn how to effectively promote your practice and arts small business.


Important course information

Online enrolment has closed. Please email lpike@visualarts.net.au if you are interested in enrolling.

Course dates: 28 August – 13 October 2017

Duration: 7 weeks

Max 30 students

Cost: $298 for non-members / $243 for NAVA members (inc GST)

Writing Grant Proposals

Semester 2

Writing Grant Proposals

Writing Grant Proposals helps artists research, plan and write stronger grant proposals. This course will help you seek and identify well-suited funding opportunities, and research and plan project proposals. You will develop clear writing skills for your artist biography and artist statement, and learn to make your professional CV and support material stand out from the rest.


Important course information

Online enrolment has closed. Please email lpike@visualarts.net.au if you are interested in enrolling.

Course dates: 28 August – 13 October 2017

Duration: 7 weeks

Max 30 students

Cost: $298 for non-members / $243 for NAVA members (inc GST)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

NAVA Online Courses can be linked to units of competency in the Visual Arts Crafts and Design Training Package (CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package). This means they are aligned with national standards for Australia’s vocational education and training sector as detailed by the National Register on Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia.

Students completing all assessment activities for these courses may be eligible to apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) with a TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process of your previous skills, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements of the course you are enrolled in. If you can clearly show through providing evidence that you have already gained the relevant skills or knowledge, you may be granted credit for specific unit/s of competency.


Evidence for RPL
that you submit must be current and may include: ·

  • Letters and references, including confirmation from your employers, clients or community groups
  • References from your paid or unpaid work experience
  • Samples of your work, including reports, articles or publication

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Participants are able to cancel their registration up to 7 days prior to the course start date by contacting NAVA. If cancellation occurs during the 7 days prior to the start date participants will be charged a 10% cancellation fee. There are no refunds for cancellation once the course has started.

For example:

  • If you cancel participation 14 days prior to course starting – no cost
  • If you cancel participation 6 days prior to course starting – 10% fee
  • If you cancel after the course has started – no refund possible

There will be no refunds of course registration fees once the course has started. Participants are expected to notify NAVA if they no longer wish to continue the course after the course start date. If participants do not notify NAVA that they wish to cancel their participation, and simply do not complete set tasks and activities they will not receive a refund or an acknowledgement of course participation.