Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

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2016 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)
Deakin course code A359

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

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.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) you will be readily equipped with skills appropriate to the expanding arts industries in fields including illustration, design, video, advertising, film production, education and community arts. The course will also equip you to pursue an independent studio career working towards exhibitions in: commercial galleries; publicly run arts spaces; experimental, collaborative and interdisciplinary exchanges; and higher degree research. If you are graduating from other Deakin programs you may utilise skills gained in a Visual Arts major sequence to add to your skills in portfolio presentation, design, observation and critical interpretation.  Combining a major sequence in Visual Arts with education studies can qualify you to teach visual arts in schools and other educational settings.

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Course rules

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

  • 16 credit points of compulsory 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

Core units

Level 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

ACV101Contemporary Art Practice: Ideas

ACV102Contemporary Art Practice: Space

ACV113Drawing for Art and Design

ACV114Art and Technology

2 Electives

Level 2

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ACV203Visual Narrative Studio (Final year of offer 2016)

ACV205Contemporary Art Practice: Pluralism

ACV206Contemporary Art Practice: Abstraction

ACV207Fear and Loathing in the Visual Arts: Art Since 1989

3 Electives

ACV210 Integrated Practice 1 (Commencing 2017)

Level 3

ACV306Artists' Books Studio (Final year of offer 2017)

ACV307Contemporary Art Practice: Research

ACV308Studio Art: Painting and Practice F (2 credit points)

4 Electives

ACV310 Integrated 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)

Elective units

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

ACC318Communication and Creative Arts Internship B


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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.

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.