Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code060435J
Deakin course codeA359

Although the course is based at the Geelong Waterfront campus, students can take cognate units of study at the Waurn Ponds Campus.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) offers you a range of skills including: a grounding in the fundamental skills and techniques used in the broad field of the visual arts; exploration of diverse art forms and collaborative practice; the experience of bringing art forms together in major projects; training in creative arts enterprise and management; a grounding in the academic knowledge necessary to understand the arts; and critical, contemporary practices that prepare students for both higher degree research and careers as professional practitioners.

Deakin's visual arts program will give you the opportunity to gain qualifications, skills and knowledge for professional practice in the visual arts, and to understand and enable exchange across disciplines. You will develop skills for a specialised industry vocation or a broader role in the fields of culture and the arts. At the same time students will be introduced to critical and historical discourses that situate their practice in a research framework. The course combines cutting edge, contemporary theory with specialised studio practice incorporating digital technologies and interdisciplinary practices.

The program draws upon the expertise of its staff, who are active practitioners and leading researchers in their fields. It also engages with the arts industry, through visiting specialists and professionals, as well as through professional placements with art institutions, with major community and cultural events, and with contemporary artists.


Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

Prerequisites
Because a number of disciplinary studies are cumulative in knowledge, technical competencies and/or study and research skills there are prerequisites which direct students to take some units before others. Students must seek advice from a course adviser before enrolling in units for which they do not have prerequisite or recommended units.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,309Not applicable$27,520

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

Students who commenced 2008-2014

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 12 credit points of core units
  • 12 credit points of electives
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1

Students who commenced 2015

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 15 credit points of compulsory core units
  • 9 credit points of electives
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1

Course structure

Students who commenced 2008-2014 

Level 1

ACV101Contemporary Art Practice: Body (formerly Studio Art: Painting A)

ACV102Contemporary Art Practice: Space (formerly Studio Art: Painting B)

ACV113Drawing for Art and Design

ACV114Art and Technology (formerly ACT104)

Plus 4 cp of electives 

Level 2

ACV205Contemporary Art Practice: Pluralism (formerly Studio Art: Painting C)

ACV206Contemporary Art Practice: Abstraction (formerly Studio Art: Painting D)

And either

ACV203Visual Narrative Studio (Final year of offer 2016)

Or

ACV207Fear and Loathing in the Visual Arts: Art Since 1989

And either

ACV204 Graphic Novels and Artists’ Books Studio (Last offered 2014)

Or

ACV306Artists' Books Studio (Final year of offer 2017)

Or

ACV210 Integrated Practice 1 (Commencing 2017)

Plus 4 cp of electives 

Level 3

ACV307Contemporary Art Practice: Research (formerly Studio Art: Painting E)

And either

ACV308Contemporary Art Practice: Production (2 credit points)

Or

ACV312 Contemporary Art Practice: Production (2 credit points) (Commencing 2018)

And either

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project (2 credit points) (Final year of offer 2015)

Or

ACV306Artists' Books Studio (Final year of offer 2017)

Or

ACV210 Integrated Practice 2 (Commencing 2017)

Plus 4 cp of electives

Students who commenced 2015

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) a student must complete 24 credit points including: 

Level 1 

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

ACV101Contemporary Art Practice: Body

ACV102Contemporary Art Practice: Space

ACV113Drawing for Art and Design

ACV114Art and Technology

Plus 2 Electives 

Level 2

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ACV205Contemporary Art Practice: Pluralism

ACV206Contemporary Art Practice: Abstraction

ACV207Fear and Loathing in the Visual Arts: Art Since 1989

And either

ACV203Visual Narrative Studio (Final year of offer 2016)

Or

ACV210 Integrated Practice 2 (Commencing 2017)

Plus 3 Electives 

Level 3

ACV307Contemporary Art Practice: Research

And either

ACV306Artists' Books Studio (Final year of offer 2017)

Or

ACV310 Integrated Practice 2 (Commencing 2018)

And either

ACV308Contemporary Art Practice: Production (2 credit points) (Final year of offer 2017)

Or

ACV312 Contemporary Art Practice: Production (2 credit points) (Commencing 2018)

Plus 4 electives

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Other Course Information

Assessment
Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.