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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
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.

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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.


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Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117  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.


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.


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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

For students commencing from 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


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Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:


Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1

ACV101 Studio Art: Painting and Practice A  

ACV114 Art and Technology  

ACC100 Communication in Everyday Life  


1 Elective


Trimester 2

ACV102 Studio Art: Painting and Practice B  

ACV113 Drawing for Art and Design  

ACC101 Creativity and Dangerous Ideas  (ACC101 also offered in Trimester 3)


1 Elective


Level 2

Trimester 1

ACV205 Studio Art: Painting and Practice C  

ACV207 Fear and Loathing in the Visual Arts: Art Since 1989  

ACC200 Freelancing in the Arts  


1 Elective


Trimester 2

ACV203 Visual Narrative Studio  

ACV206 Studio Art: Painting and Practice D  


2 Electives


Level 3

Trimester 1

ACV307 Studio Art: Painting and Practice E  

ACV306 Artists' Books Studio  


2 Electives


Trimester 2

ACV308 Studio Art: Painting and Practice F  (2 credit points)


2 Electives


Elective units


Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3

ACC317 Communication and Creative Arts Internship A  

ACC318 Communication and Creative Arts Internship B  

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Other Course Information

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.


Cross-institutional arrangements
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Services.


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