Course summary

Do you dream of showcasing your creative work in galleries and exhibitions around the world?

If so, you can take inspiration from the many Southern Cross University graduates whose careers are thriving after completing our Bachelor of Art and Design.

This internationally acknowledged degree is designed to enhance your artistic flair and develop your career options as an artist, curator or designer. Students are immersed in a rich studio experience with an atmosphere that inspires creativity, and access to the dynamic arts scene of the Northern Rivers.

From our purpose-built, well-equipped studios, you'll develop your skills in painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, digital arts and design, and drawing.

Our graduates have featured in some of Australia's most prestigious arts awards, and their work features regularly in commercial and public settings, both nationally and internationally.

You may also use this degree as a precursor to further study, through Honours and PhD, with a view to careers in research and education.

Students complete core studies in:

  • Studio studies: painting, printmaking, mixed-media, 3D studies
  • Art theory
  • Curating
  • Studio drawing
  • Design.

In second and third year, students select from a range of creative and media arts units and/or units from across the University to complement their areas of interest.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Apply intellectual rigour and critical analysis to complex art, social, economic, environmental, political and historical issues.

Develop research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through critical and reflective thinking and practice

Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies, techniques and critical reflective thinking in the discipline of Art and Design research.

Creativity

Negotiate and develop creative and innovative responses to specific fine art challenges.

Apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce creative works and artefacts.

Develop research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through critical reflective thinking in the production of creative works.

Ethical practice

Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments with reference to principles of social justice and creative art's ethical frameworks.

Evaluate issues with reference to principles of social justice and fine arts ethical frameworks.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a command of contemporary art world views and contemporary issues relating to professional or scholarly settings in the creative art industries and communities

Demonstrate knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques within Art and Design

Lifelong learning

Independently access, manage and evaluate sources of information in contemporary formats.

Develop the qualities of a reflective, responsible and inclusive practitioner in culturally diverse settings.

Work independently and collaboratively in the culture of fine art, in response to project demands.

Communication and social skills

Communicate effectively in visual, oral and written form

Work collaboratively to achieve mutually agreed outcomes.

Interpret, communicate, collaborate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences, including studio critiques.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural proficiency, cultural competency and cultural safety in a range of professional and scholarly community contexts.

Recognise and develop cultural understanding and reflect on social and cultural issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in the fine arts sector.

Students have the opportunity to undertake an internship in the dynamic arts industries of the New South Wales North Coast. They can also study for a session at universities overseas including the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York, University of Hertfordshire in England, Universitat de Barcelona in Spain, University of Massachusetts in USA, and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan.


Course overview

Course code

3007160

Course abbreviation

BAD

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $26,800 ($3,350 per unit) 096003C

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Art and Design a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. 20 Core units listed; and
    2. 4 Elective Art and Design units; or
    3. any combination of 4 Elective units from Art and Design or University Wide Electives
  2. A student can exit with an Associate Degree in Art and Design if  the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) have been successfully completed, comprising a minimum of 12 core units
  3. A student can exit with a Diploma of Art and Design if the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) have been successfully completed comprising any 8 core units.

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 1

AAD71101 - Drawing Introductory
AAD71102 - Painting Essentials Introductory
AAD71104 - Photography and Digital Imaging Introductory
AAD71103 - Design Fundamentals Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

AAD71105 - Printmaking Fundamentals Introductory
AAD71106 - Sculpture and Spatial Practice Introductory
AAD71108 - 3D Printing and Fabrication Introductory
AAD71107 - Looking at Art Introductory

Year 2, Session 1

AAD72201 - Studio Practice I Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
AAD72202 - Modern Art and the Avant-Garde Intermediate
1 unit from: Art and Design Electives or any University Wide Elective

Year 2, Session 2

AAD72203 - Studio Practice II Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
AAD72204 - Art after 1960 Intermediate
1 unit from: Art and Design Electives or any University Wide Elective

Year 3, Session 1

AAD73301 - Advanced Studio Practice I Advanced Note 1 Note 1
AAD73302 - Advanced Theories of Contemporary Art Advanced
1 unit from: Art and Design Electives or any University Wide Elective

Year 3, Session 2

AAD73303 - Advanced Studio Practice II Advanced Note 1 Note 1
AAD73304 - Professional Practice Advanced
1 unit from: Art and Design Electives or any University Wide Elective

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 1

AAD71101 - Drawing Introductory
AAD71102 - Painting Essentials Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

AAD71105 - Printmaking Fundamentals Introductory
AAD71106 - Sculpture and Spatial Practice Introductory

Year 2, Session 1

AAD71103 - Design Fundamentals Introductory
AAD71104 - Photography and Digital Imaging Introductory

Year 2, Session 2

AAD71107 - Looking at Art Introductory
AAD71108 - 3D Printing and Fabrication Introductory

Year 3, Session 1

AAD72201 - Studio Practice I Intermediate Note 1 Note 1

Year 3, Session 2

AAD72203 - Studio Practice II Intermediate Note 1 Note 1

Year 4, Session 1

AAD72202 - Modern Art and the Avant-Garde Intermediate
1 unit from: Art and Design Electives or any University Wide Elective

Year 4, Session 2

AAD72204 - Art after 1960 Intermediate
1 unit from: Art and Design Electives or any University Wide Elective

Year 5, Session 1

AAD73301 - Advanced Studio Practice I Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Year 5, Session 2

AAD73303 - Advanced Studio Practice II Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Year 6, Session 1

AAD73302 - Advanced Theories of Contemporary Art Advanced
1 unit from: Art and Design Electives or any University Wide Elective

Year 6, Session 2

AAD73304 - Professional Practice Advanced
1 unit from: Art and Design Electives or any University Wide Elective

Notes

Note 1: This is a double weighted unit [equal to 24 credit points]