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.

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


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.

Learn more about submitting your portfolio application
Download our pocket guide of folio inspiration and tips (PDF, 2.8MB)

Turn a passion into a career

As a visual arts graduate, you’ll be equipped with skills appropriate to the expanding arts industries. Fields include illustration, design, video, advertising, film production and education. 

Discover our creative arts showcase

I have reached potential in myself I never thought I could actually reach.

Erin Dickinson

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

Our community

Find out what’s going on in the creative arts at Deakin.

Visit our Tumblr arts hub

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.

Learn more about researching with us

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.

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.

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