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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014$6,200* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au


Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel 03 9246 8100

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au 

 

Course Director

Cameron Bishop, +61 3 522 73233, cameron.bishop@deakin.edu.au

 

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code060435J
VTAC Codes1400415461 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400515461 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code A359

Students enrolled at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) in this course will be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Waterfront (Geelong).

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) offers you a range of skills including systematic exposure to collaborative possibilities between various art forms, the experience of bringing art forms together in major projects, training in creative arts enterprise and management, and a grounding in the academic knowledge necessary to understand the arts and to create new forms of art.

 

Deakin's visual arts program will give you the opportunity to gain qualifications, skills and knowledge for professional practice in visual arts and visual communication design (graphic design). You will develop skills for a specialised industry vocation or a broader role in the fields of culture and the arts. The course combines cutting edge, contemporary theory with specialised studio practice incorporating digital technologies.

 

The program draws upon the expertise of its staff - who are active practitioners in their fields - and industry, through visiting special guest and casual academic staff.

 

 

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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 activity. The course will also equip you to pursue an independent studio career working towards exhibitions in commercial galleries and publicly run arts spaces. 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 and observation. 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:

  • 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

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Course structure

Visual Arts Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1

ACV101 Studio Art: Painting A  

ACT104 Art and Technology  

 

Trimester 2

ACV102 Studio Art: Painting B  

ACV113 Drawing for Art and Design  

 

Level 2

Trimester 1

ACV203 Visual Narrative Studio  

ACV205 Studio Art: Painting C  

 

Trimester 2

ACV204 Graphic Novels and Artists' Books Studio  

ACV206 Studio Art: Painting D  

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

ACV307 Studio Art: Painting E  

 

Trimester 2

ACV308 Studio Art: Painting F  

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)

Electives

In choosing electives, students are encouraged to consider taking a major sequence or individual units from the following Creative Arts major sequences listed in:

 

Animation

Drama

Film Studies

Photography

Visual Communication Design

Dance

 

The following units are also available as elective options:

 

Trimester 3

ACV300 Art Study Tour: Foundations of Modernism  

 

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ALX321 Creative Industries Internship  

Waterfront (Geelong) - Elective cognate creative arts sequences

The following units are strongly recommended to students as part of their electives.  Students may choose more than one cognate study area which must include units from at least 2 year levels (eg 1st and 2nd year OR 2nd and 3rd year).

 

Photography

ACM101 Still Images  

ACM102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1  

ACM203 Photographic Practice  

ACM202 Advanced Digital Imaging  ***

 

 

Creative and Media Arts

ALC101 Contemporary Communication: Making Sense of Text, Image and Meaning  *

SRA143 Art and Society  (to be confirmed)

EEA211 Navigating the Visual World   

ACC301 Freelancing in the Arts  **

ALC102 Contemporary Communication: Making Sense of New Media  

EEA212 Visual Culture: Images, Meaning and Contexts   

* ALC101 also offered in trimester 3 - Cloud (online) mode only. 

** ACC301 is not offered 2014, re-offered 2015 subject to approval.

*** ACM202 not offered at the Waterfront (Geelong) campus in Trimester 2 2014.

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Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice 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.

 

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Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

 

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

Pathways

This course has pathways from more than 20 Institutes of TAFE and universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Credit transfer and recognition is normally available from TAFE and university diplomas and advanced diplomas in arts, business, management, and humanities disciplines.  Students with graded advanced diplomas from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 12 credit points of electives.  Students with graded diplomas or equivalent from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 8 credit points of electives.  There is also a pathway from Deakin University's Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences to this course with up to 16 credit points depending on units taken.

On completion of this course you may choose to apply for an Honours degree or postgraduate study. These studies normally provide professional qualifications directed to a particular career.  Students must have completed a major in the discipline or interdisciplinary area in which they wish to specialise in the honours course. Entry is based on a number of factors, including an average grade of Distinction or High Distinction in the Bachelor of Arts particularly in the discipline in which they want to study Honours and the availability of supervision.  Further honours information.

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

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How to apply

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

 

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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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.

 

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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