Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)
Course summary for local students
2017 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|
2016: November (Trimester 3*)
2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3*)
*Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne) only
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017||$6,381 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017||Not applicable|
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|
|Approval status||This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.|
|Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition||The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.|
Note: Geelong Waterfront campus students can take units of study at the Waurn Ponds Campus.
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
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
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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|
|ACV210||Integrated Practice 1|
Plus 3 Electives
|ACV307||Contemporary Art Practice: Research|
|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 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
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; and presentation of a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard. Please click here for more information relating to the folio submission. To submit the folio, please go to: http://www.deakin.edu.au/communication-creative-arts/folio
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/study-at-deakin/apply
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 and how to apply for credit.
How to apply
Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016
Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017
Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.
Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application
If you are:
- not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
- applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.
a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.