Available to:
International students only.
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield

1 year full-time

This course is available only to international students.

International students


For international students interested in a broadly-based program that integrates the study of selected units in the areas of studio-based art, graphic design or history and theory of art and design combined with relevant communication and business skills.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Start dates and campus availability

  • 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022

Deferment, credit points & course units


Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 BA Elective ARTS109
Introduction to Graphic Design
Year 1 - Semester 2 ARTS241
Art in the early 20TH century
Design for publication
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3013.00 (2021)
  • Average first year fee: $24104.00 (2021)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $24104.00 (2021)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Apply directly to Australian Catholic University

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed year 12 or equivalent with a minimum 50% pass, plus an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with an individual score of 5.5 in all tests.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

The course assists students to prepare for a career in the visual arts and design industries.

English language requirements

Overall score: 6.0. Individual score of 5.5 in all tests.

Pathways to further study

A UniAccess-International student who successfully completes eight units specified by a UniAccess program may either leave with a Diploma qualification or continue their studies with a place in the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design course.

More course information

The Diploma in Visual Arts and Design course is available as a UniAccess-International program.

The aim is to provide an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to study a selection of units of interest to them in a program that offers a pathway to a relevant Bachelors degree. The course is offered on a fee-paying basis and is available to international students (UniAccess-International).

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