Course summary

The Bachelor of Visual Arts provides a comprehensive grounding in the practical and theoretical aspects of contemporary visual arts practice. The theoretical component of the course instils an appreciation of both contemporary and historical perspectives applicable to contemporary art practice, curatorial practice and other careers in the arts industry.

Students gain a diverse and rich studio experience in an atmosphere that nurtures and inspires creativity. They develop their skills working in well equipped, purpose-built studios for painting, printmaking, three-dimensional studies (including ceramics and sculpture), DAD (digital art and design), drawing and photography. Students work under the guidance of academic staff who are all practising artists.

The Lismore campus is a cultural hub at the centre of the dynamic arts scene of the Northern Rivers. Our visual arts graduates have featured in some of Australia’s most prestigious art awards and their work regularly features in commercial and public galleries nationally and internationally. Many have gained further qualifications through Honours and PhD studies to become art researchers and academics, while continuing their art practices.

The Bachelor of Visual Arts provides a comprehensive grounding in the practical and theoretical aspects of contemporary visual arts practice. The theoretical component of the course instils an appreciation of both contemporary and historical perspectives applicable to contemporary art practice, curatorial practice and other careers in the arts industry.

Students gain a diverse and rich studio experience in an atmosphere that nurtures and inspires creativity. They develop their skills working in well equipped, purpose-built studios for painting, printmaking, three-dimensional studies (including ceramics and sculpture), DAD (digital art and design), drawing and photography. Students work under the guidance of academic staff who are all practising artists.

The Lismore campus is a cultural hub at the centre of the dynamic arts scene of the Northern Rivers. Our visual arts graduates have featured in some of Australia’s most prestigious art awards and their work regularly features in commercial and public galleries nationally and internationally. Many have gained further qualifications through Honours and PhD studies to become art researchers and academics, while continuing their art practices.

Core studies

  • Studio studies: 3D studies, painting, printmaking
  • Art theory
  • Studio drawing
  • Design.

Major in either:

  • Arts industry and media arts (including optional units in digital art and design, digital photography, online animation, online media design, professional placement, and arts project);
  • Arts industry and technology (including optional units in digital art and design, digital photography, photography, studio drawing, studio elective and professional placement).

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Apply intellectual rigour and critical analysis to complex visual arts 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 Visual Arts discipline research.

Creativity

Negotiate and develop creative and innovative responses to specific visual arts 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 visual arts ethical frameworks.

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

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a command of visual arts world views and contemporary issues relating to professional or scholarly settings in visual arts industries and communities.

Demonstrate knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in the visual arts.

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 visual arts discipline 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.

Cultural competence

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

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

Students have the opportunity to undertake internships with 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.

Southern Cross University Visual Arts graduates have featured in some of Australia's most prestigious art awards and their work regularly features in commercial and public galleries nationally and internationally.


Course overview

Course code

3003160

Course abbreviation

BVA

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 333102 053021

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $17,920 ($2,240 per unit) 026997B

Course requirements

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

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Visual Arts degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than 24 units comprising:

  1. All 10 units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to the rules; and
  2. Eight (8) units from one of the majors listed in Part B of the Schedule.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

ART00600 - Introduction to Visual Culture Introductory
ART00601 - Framing Modernity Introductory
ART00621 - Visual Arts Studio Studies I: Foundation Introductory Note 1
ART00622 - Visual Arts Studio Studies II Introductory Note 1
ART00630 - Design Introductory
ART00406 - Studio Drawing I Introductory
ART00623 - Visual Arts Studio Studies III Intermediate Note 1
ART00624 - Visual Arts Studio Studies IV Intermediate Note 1
ART00625 - Visual Arts Studio Studies V Advanced Note 1
ART00626 - Visual Arts Studio Studies VI Advanced Note 1

Part B


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Contact the School of Arts and Social Sciences for this course progression.

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit