Visual arts and photography (Bachelor of Arts)



The Visual Art and Photography major combines in-depth disciplinary training in visual art and photography practices and digital technologies alongside a sequence of open-ended studio-based studies encouraging cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary thinking. Gain both the practical studio skills and adaptable critical thinking skills necessary to participate successfully in the art world and creative industries. Theoretical elements of the course are highly integrated with studio practice and designed to develop transferable skills alongside the necessary specialist knowledge required to participate critically in your chosen fields.

There is emphasis on exhibition making as an integral aspect of professional studio practice and our various studio and gallery spaces are designed to support a dynamic culture of studio production and development, collaboration, experimentation, exhibition and critique.

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Key information

Unit set code

MJ-A310030 (major)

MN-A310030 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne)

Career outcomes

Visual Art and Photography graduates are equipped to pursue careers as professional practitioners throughout the arts and commercial sectors. You will be able to draw on the expertise of our staff, who are active practitioners and leading researchers in their fields and engage with the wider arts industry through visiting specialists and professionals. Our graduates have moved into career opportunities in roles and fields including:

  • independent fine arts practitioner
  • event and sports photographer
  • commercial portraiture
  • fashion or product photographer
  • community-based arts
  • gallery director or assistant
  • arts programmer or developer
  • commercial art director, designer or illustrator
  • gallery curator, technician, director or education officer
  • independent artist and creative practitioner.

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  • To complete a Major sequence in Visual Arts and Photography select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Visual Arts and Photography select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 8 units from:

  • Digital Photography
  • Painting in the Visual Arts
  • Advanced Digital Studio
  • Photographic Lighting and Lens
  • Abstraction in the Visual Arts
  • Modelling and the Visual Arts
  • Imaging: Post-Production to Print and Screen
  • Practice-Led Research in the Visual Arts