Bachelor of Visual Arts & Design

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
040344M
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Description

The Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design degree provides an exciting mix of:

  • studio-based art
  • graphic design
  • art and design history and theory
  • practical and professional experience with exhibitions in art galleries.

You will explore the relationships between two-dimensional media areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking and photography, and three and four-dimensional areas such as sculpture, video production and object design, as well as graphic design leading to webpage design and animation.

Students can specialise in one of these areas in the third year of the course plus there are opportunities for an internship and acquisition of relevant business skills.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ARTS109
Drawing
ARTS236
Ceramics/Multimedia
DESN111
Introduction to graphic design
BA minor 1
OR
BA elective
Year 1 - Semester 2 ARTS112
Art in the early 20th century
ARTS241
Painting
DESN242
Design for publications
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 ARTS225
Print media
ARTS237
Postmodern art in the 20th century
(Pre: ARTS112)
DESN227
Web design
ARTS226
Video/Installation
Year 2 - Semester 2 ARTS238
Photography
ARTS239
Object design
DESN240
Design for multimedia
BA Minor 2
OR
BA elective
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world 10cp (Pre: UNCC100)
ARTS325
Professional practice
(Pre: 20 credit points from 200 level Visual Arts units)
ARTS332
Self-directed studio
(Pre: 20 credit points from 200-level Visual arts and design units)

BA Minor 3
10cp
OR
BA Elective
10cp

Year 3 - Semester 2 ARTS330
Community internship
(Pre: 40 credit points from Visual Arts units)
ARTS331
Contemporary art in a globalised world
(Pre: ARTS112 or ARTS237)
OR
ARTS338
International study tour: Venice Biennale
(intensive winter term)
(Pre: 20 credit points from 200-level units, ARTS112, ARTS237)
ARTS340
Visual arts and design major project
(Pre:40 credit points of 200 or 300 level units in Visual Arts and Design)
BA minor 4
OR
BA elective

'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.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $7239 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Assumed knowledge: 2 units of English (any) (Band 3).
  • Recommended studies: Visual Arts for study in Visual Arts.

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 80.80 87.85
Median ATAR to receive an offer 64.75 67.75
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 52.05 59.10
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.45 98.45
Median ATAR to receive an offer 61.55 68.00
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.75 58.75

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
5 20.83%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 15 62.50%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 24 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 10 14.49%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 47 68.12%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 6 8.70%
International students <5 N/P
All students 69 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

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.

Applying for admission

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include administrator, art conservation, art gallery manager, art theory research assistant, art therapist, community art, creative director, curatorships, events coordinator, professional artist, theatre and set designer, video film maker and editor, visual merchandiser.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course may be eligible for membership of the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)
  • Australian Print Council
  • Australian Net Art and Technology (ANET)
  • Australian Sculptors Association
  • Craft Australia
  • International Council of Museums (ICOM)
  • International Association of Art (UNESCO) (only available to NAVA members)
  • National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
  • Potters Society
  • Victorian Artists Society (VAS)
  • Victorian Ceramic Group.

Volunteer experience

Graduates of this course must have completed at a satisfactory level of performance, a three week (or equivalent) internship at a selected workplace or community organisation.

English language requirements

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

The Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design degree provides an exciting mix of:

  • studio-based art
  • graphic design
  • art and design history and theory
  • practical and professional experience with exhibitions in art galleries.

You will explore the relationships between two-dimensional media areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking and photography, and three and four-dimensional areas such as sculpture, video production and object design, as well as graphic design leading to webpage design and animation.

Students can specialise in one of these areas in the third year of the course plus there are opportunities for an internship and acquisition of relevant business skills.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
Strathfield
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

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.

Credit Points

240

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 ARTS109
Drawing
ARTS236
Ceramics/Multimedia
DESN111
Introduction to graphic design
BA minor 1
OR
BA elective
Year 1 - Semester 2 ARTS112
Art in the early 20th century
ARTS241
Painting
DESN242
Design for publications
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 ARTS225
Print media
ARTS237
Postmodern art in the 20th century
(Pre: ARTS112)
DESN227
Web design
ARTS226
Video/Installation
Year 2 - Semester 2 ARTS238
Photography
ARTS239
Object design
DESN240
Design for multimedia
BA Minor 2
OR
BA elective
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world 10cp (Pre: UNCC100)
ARTS325
Professional practice
(Pre: 20 credit points from 200 level Visual Arts units)
ARTS332
Self-directed studio
(Pre: 20 credit points from 200-level Visual arts and design units)

BA Minor 3
10cp
OR
BA Elective
10cp

Year 3 - Semester 2 ARTS330
Community internship
(Pre: 40 credit points from Visual Arts units)
ARTS331
Contemporary art in a globalised world
(Pre: ARTS112 or ARTS237)
OR
ARTS338
International study tour: Venice Biennale
(intensive winter term)
(Pre: 20 credit points from 200-level units, ARTS112, ARTS237)
ARTS340
Visual arts and design major project
(Pre:40 credit points of 200 or 300 level units in Visual Arts and Design)
BA minor 4
OR
BA elective

'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: $2925.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23400.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $70200.00 (2020)

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

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate and an IELTS overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

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 type of careers this qualification leads to may include administrator, art conservation, art gallery manager, art theory research assistant, art therapist, community art, creative director, curatorships, events coordinator, professional artist, theatre and set designer, video film maker and editor, visual merchandiser.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course may be eligible for membership of the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)
  • Australian Print Council
  • Australian Net Art and Technology (ANET)
  • Australian Sculptors Association
  • Craft Australia
  • International Council of Museums (ICOM)
  • International Association of Art (UNESCO) (only available to NAVA members)
  • National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
  • Potters Society
  • Victorian Artists Society (VAS)
  • Victorian Ceramic Group.

Volunteer experience

Graduates of this course must have completed at a satisfactory level of performance, a three week (or equivalent) internship at a selected workplace or community organisation.

English language requirements

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

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