Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)
Course summary for local students
2016 course information
|Award granted||Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3*)
*Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne) only
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016||$6,309 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
|CRICOS course code||060435J|
|VTAC Codes||1400415461 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400515461 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||A359|
Note: Geelong Waterfront campus students can take units of study at the Waurn Ponds Campus.
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Key dates
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
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 2015, 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 2015 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.
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.
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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
|ACC100||Communication in Everyday Life|
|ACC101||Creativity and Dangerous Ideas|
|ACV101||Contemporary Art Practice: Body|
|ACV102||Contemporary Art Practice: Space|
|ACV113||Drawing for Art and Design|
|ACV114||Art and Technology|
Plus 2 Electives
|ACC200||Freelancing in the Arts|
|ACV205||Contemporary Art Practice: Pluralism|
|ACV206||Contemporary Art Practice: Abstraction|
|ACV207||Fear and Loathing in the Visual Arts: Art Since 1989|
|ACV203||Visual Narrative Studio (Final year of offer 2016)|
ACV210 Integrated Practice 1 (Commencing 2017)
Plus 3 Electives
|ACV307||Contemporary Art Practice: Research|
ACV311 Visual Arts History and Theory in the Expanded Field (Commencing 2018)
ACV310 Integrated Practice 2 (Commencing 2018)
ACV312 Contemporary Art Practice: Production (2 credit points) (Commencing 2018)
Plus 3 Electives
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
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 Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
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
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.
How to apply
Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.
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.