Bachelor of Visual Arts

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$8,500.00* per year (more)
* 2023 indicative annual CSP fee

Entry requirements




Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2


  • Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3&4, C)

Assumed knowledge


About this program

Why choose this degree?

The Bachelor of Visual Arts will equip you with the necessary historical, theoretical and practical knowledge to begin a career in the visual arts. Working with accomplished artists, art historians and other industry leaders, you will learn how to navigate and succeed in the visual arts sector. This degree consists primarily of studio and art theory courses.

In the first year, you will undertake introductory courses in painting, sculpture photography and Indigenous art and protocols with the additional choice of foundation courses in either printmaking, jewellery and small objects, or digital media. In your second year, you will specialise in either painting, sculpture, or photography, with electives in other disciplines at the Queensland College of Art and across Griffith University.

In your third year, you will continue your major, learn important professional practice skills and produce a major cross-disciplinary project and exhibition. Courses in art theory underpin all three years of the program and provide an important foundation for studio practice or further art historical and curatorial study.

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Industry and expert connections

Opportunities to engage industry and build employment options include working with guest artists, curators and arts workers; undertaking field trips and work placements; participating in exhibitions, symposia and events, technical workshops and masterclasses; embarking on study tours for course credit; as well as participating in a broad range of industry engagement opportunities through QCA's LiveArt.

Graduate outcomes

This internationally recognised degree will equip you for a career in the visual and creative arts, from gallery director and professional artist to curator, educator, government arts worker and creative consultant. The skills and knowledge you gain will equip you to adapt and succeed in the expanding and changing landscape of the creative arts and will also serve as the foundation for further studies in education, research or professional practice.


Tailor your timetable - Even if you study full-time on-campus, you may still be able to customise your degree to suit your needs. From a range of tutorial times to online access to lectures and other course material, we're here to help you fit study in with your work and life commitments.

Global mobility

An array of inspiring overseas study opportunities, ranging from a few weeks to a year, are available for students in this degree. Visit Go Global Griffith for more information.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Visual Arts program is offered full-time and on-campus at South Bank.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Courses within this degree include work-integrated learning experiences such as:

  • professional practice/work placements,
  • industry projects performed at the university or in a workplace,
  • undertake industry internships or other volunteering opportunities,
  • learning activities within virtual and simulated work environments.

To experience this type of learning, you need to enrol in specific courses, such as 2009QCA Public Art 1, or 2381QCA Griffith University Art Museum Internship. These courses may be either core or elective to your degree.

My career opportunities

A range of career options are available to graduates of this degree: from gallery director and professional artist, to curator, educator, government arts worker and creative consultant, the skills and knowledge you gain during your studies will equip you to adapt and succeed in the expanding and changing landscape of the creative arts.

Future growth in these industries ranges from moderate to strong. Professionals require very high skill levels and work in many regions across Australia. Employment outcomes in this sector depend on the talent, skill and determination of the individual.

Visual arts professionals

Key employment sectors

  • Arts and recreation services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail trade
  • Construction

Potential job outcomes

  • Visual artist
  • Installation artist
  • Public Artist
  • Arts Researcher
Artistic directors, media producers and presenters

Key employment sectors

  • Information media and telecommunications
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Arts and recreation services
  • Education and training

Potential job outcomes

  • Artistic director
  • Media producer
  • Curator
  • Arts Writer
  • Gallerist or Gallery Assistant
Welfare, recreation and community arts workers

Key employment sectors

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Public administration and safety
  • Education and training

Potential job outcomes

  • Arts worker
  • Recreation officer

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook

Commonwealth supported students

  • The indicative fee represents the expected average fee for an annual full-time study load (80 credit points). This is based on average study patterns across courses and the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Visual Arts (1651)

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Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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