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NAVA Online Courses FAQs

What are NAVA Online Courses?

NAVA’s Online Courses are a series of online professional development courses that NAVA has been running since 2012 that enable participants to expand their skills, knowledge and work opportunities.

Who are the NAVA Online Courses for?

All courses are intended for visual and media artists and craft and design practitioners.

They are designed to assist your professional career and connect you with different industry experts, ideas and potential opportunities.

Some courses will be better suited to practitioners at particular stages in their careers and each is tailored to your learning needs.

How do the courses work?

The fully online courses comprise of a series of lectures, learning activities and project tasks delivered online using the course platform provided by Moodle.

The suite of courses is linked through the NAVA Campus and as a course participant you will connect online on a regular basis through both the Campus and the classes themselves. You’ll receive updates and information from your lecturer, other participants or the special guests.

There will be weekly lectures delivered in text, image or video format and after each lecture you will be asked to complete an activity relating to the lecture topic.

Through your course you will be able to communicate with your lecturer and fellow participants through forums, message boards, and online galleries and presentation areas for review and feedback. You will receive regular feedback throughout the course from the facilitator and where relevant the industry guest presenters.

How do I access this site?

Once you have registered for a course you will be emailed a course booklet, along with instructions on how to participate in the course.

What computer equipment do I need?

All you need is regular access to a computer equipped with Word processing and presentation software such as PowerPoint or Keynote. You'll also need broadband Internet connection with a bandwidth of 10 Mbps and above, such as ADSL2. You will access the moodle platform via an Internet browser, you do not need to download or install any special software. As long as you can successfully browse the Internet and upload images from a camera or scanner you have all the technical know how you need.

What experience or qualifications do I need to participate in NAVA Online Courses?

You don’t need any particular qualifications but the courses have been designed for artists at all levels of their careers and with different interests and skills.

No knowledge is required of web programming or coding. However, you will need a basic knowledge of using the Internet and downloading and uploading files. You must also be proficient in MS Office programs, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Do I have to log on at particular times?

No, you do not have to log on at any particular time or day, however it is a requirement you spend at least 3 hours a week online. It should be much the same as checking your email each day. It is recommended that you participate in ongoing discussions and group tasks on a daily basis.

What are the course requirements?

The NAVA Online Courses run for 7 weeks each and participants are required to spend 3 hours online and 3 hours per week towards course work.

Course requirements include:

  • Group contributions – contribute to group discussions and complete group tasks*
  • Undertake activities that involve the research and production of resource lists and information options
  • Individual discussions – provide questions, peer feedback and advice for each lecture topic
  • Produce a major project as directed by the course facilitator

*Depending on the course

The major project outcomes will vary depending on the course being undertaken by the participant.

How do I sign up?

The enrolment dates are indicated on the Online Course page. You can purchase the courses through NAVA’s Online Shop. Prior to purchase please ensure that you are logged on to the NAVA website.

Do I receive a qualification from NAVA upon completing the course?

On completion of a course, after having met all the course requirements, you will be issued with a NAVA Online Courses Certificate of Completion and will be able to continue to use the online course portal for up to one month.

Additionally NAVA Online Courses are in the process of being linked to units of competency in the Visual Arts Crafts and Design Training Package (CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package). This means aligning 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.