Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

Course summary for local students


2016 course information

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 2016No fees defined
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

CRICOS course code060435J
VTAC Codes1400415461 - 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 sub-headings

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.

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.

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. 

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course rules

Students must complete 24 credit points comprising of:

  • 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

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

Plus 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

ACV210 Integrated Practice 1 (Commencing 2017)

Plus 3 Electives

Level 3

ACV306Artists' Books Studio (Final year of offer 2017)

ACV307Contemporary Art Practice: Research

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

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)

Plus 4 Electives

Elective units

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

ACC318Communication and Creative Arts Internship B


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

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

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

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

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.