Visual arts


Study cutting-edge art theory combined with specialised studio practice. You’ll explore an array of techniques, including contemporary drawing, painting and 3D modelling. You’ll also gain access to major art organisations, and local and regional galleries.

Get work-ready

Learn how to harness your individual skill and knowledge with a unique program that combines digital technologies, traditional techniques and future-focused interdisciplinary practices. You'll develop your skills as a contemporary art practitioner through studio practice, work placements in art institutions, and opportunities to exhibit your work in galleries and exhibitions. Draw on the expertise of our staff, who are active practitioners and leading researchers in their fields. You’ll also engage with the arts industry through visiting specialists and professionals.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Showcase your creativity with a folio application

Our Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) course requires you to submit a folio of work alongside your application.

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Career opportunities

A career in visual arts could lead nearly anywhere. Fields of work include:

  • advertising agencies
  • art galleries and museums
  • cultural associations
  • design studios
  • the education sector
  • freelancing
  • marketing consultancies
  • multimedia businesses
  • newspaper and magazine publishers
  • practising studio artist
  • services in art therapy
  • web development companies

Cross-disciplinary learning

Our courses let you collaborate with students across disciplines. In the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) you can explore complementary skills to become a well-rounded creative practitioner and maximise your career options. Choose to take elective units in photography, drama, dance, design, communication or media.

Creative arts at Deakin

Discover your future in the creative arts at Deakin University. Specialise in dance, drama, photography or visual arts and gain the technical skills and industry experience to become an adaptive creative professional. Hear our academics talk about the course and why it's unique.

Work experience opportunities

Our visual arts course draws upon the expertise of our staff, who are active practitioners and leading researchers in their fields. Students also engage with the arts industry through visiting specialists and professionals. We offer professional placements in art institutions, with contemporary artists as well as major community and cultural events.

Research with us

An idea can change the world. If you’ve got an innovative idea that you can bring to the world of visual arts, take on a higher degree by research with us.

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I had the pleasure of having industry professionals as teachers throughout my degree. It was amazing being in lectures run by professionals I admire who were simultaneously having large national and international exhibitions and giving feedback on your work.

Amber Smith

Bachelor of Creative Arts (First Class Honours)

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