Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

Course summary for international students

Year

2017 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Length3 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code060435J
English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A359
VTAC Codes1400415463 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400515463 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Note: Geelong Waterfront campus students can take units of study at the Waurn Ponds Campus.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Develop your skills as a contemporary art practitioner to engage critically and creatively with the world in new and traditional media including painting, drawing, printmaking, 3D, digital and multi-disciplinary forms.

Combine cutting edge theory with specialised studio practice when you enrol in Deakin’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts).

Incorporating digital technologies, traditional techniques and interdisciplinary practices, this course focuses on the curious, the critical and creative student. Students are introduced to contemporary art through a program that contextualises their work in theory and practice through lectures, workshops, tutorials, collaborative and independent studio. Critical thinking and collaboration are key to developing the technical skills of the 21st century as students need to be adaptable, articulate and creative practitioners, no matter the vocation they choose.

In internships you’ll have access to important arts organisations, events and galleries to enhance your curatorial, educational and administrative skills, while you will have numerous opportunities to exhibit in Deakin’s own gallery spaces. Showcasing your work through festivals, exhibitions and award programs is a great way to launch your career, gain professional experience and network.

By coupling your major with units in other creative arts disciplines your design skills will be sought after in areas like marketing, media, and communications. You could work on creative designs for websites, packaging, printed material, company branding, video games, advertising, exhibitions and displays. Combining your art specialisation with teaching studies can also qualify you to teach visual arts in schools and other educational settings.

Graduates can enjoy creative roles as artists, in arts administration, curation, academic research, illustration, design, video, advertising, film production and teaching. There are further opportunities within the arts and cultural communities.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate a working knowledge of Visual Arts studio practice.

Demonstrate knowledge of art theoretical and historical content through studio practice. 

Demonstrate particular depth of knowledge in the studio practice of painting and drawing.

Adapt knowledge to analyse and interpret art and cultural products within the art world and within a broader context of cultural production.

Apply discipline knowledge and problem solving skills to reflect on, engage with, and reshape cultural/societal practices

Communication

Express ideas and opinions cogently through oral, written, and nonverbal (visual) channels.

Engage critically with ideas through technically sophisticated and theoretically informed art practice. 

Demonstrate an understanding of the art industry and its cultural contexts through written and oral communication.

Digital literacy

Employ a range of digital media technologies to create art works.

Demonstrate a high level of skill in both the manipulation of digital technologies as well as  the creative extension of such technologies

Critically engage with the interaction of old and new media technologies through scholarly writing and creative arts practice.

Critical thinking

Analyse and interpret cultural products (including the student’s own work) and make informed judgements about their meaning, value, and efficacy.

Use visual arts practice to develop self-reflexive habits that both develop and critically re-examine personally held views.

Problem solving

Develop skills in identifying, analysing and solving creative (ill-defined) problems through studio practice. 

Employ visual arts methodologies (ways of making) to define and explore new problems or re-frame existing ones.

Self-management

Use personal initiative and judgment to produce creative solutions to set creative briefs

Demonstrate initiative and autonomy in researching, developing and solving self-directed creative problems in the visual arts.

Demonstrate skills in objective critical self-assessment.

Teamwork

Collaborate with peers within and across disciplines to generate creative outcomes in art practice and professional situations.

Effectively negotiate interpersonal and creative differences through engagement in group projects.

Global citizenship

Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in Visual Arts scholarship. 

Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and inter-cultural issues involved in the production and interpretation of visual representations.

Approved by Faculty Board October 2015

 

Course rules

Students must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 16 credit points of core units
  • 8 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

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

 

ACV210Integrated Practice 1

Plus 3 Electives 

Level 3

ACV307Contemporary Art Practice: Research

ACV310Integrated Practice 2 (Commencing 2018)

ACV311 Visual Arts History and Theory in the Expanded Field (Commencing 2018)

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

Plus 3 Electives

Course Map

Course map 


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 as electives in their first year.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).  Some courses may have additional entry requirements.  Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

For year 12/VCE entry: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and presentation of a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Folio Requirement
All applicants must present a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard. For further information see Visual Arts folio entry details.
Application Procedure

Tracking your application  
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied. 

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au