Bachelor of Visual Arts

Program code

1651

Available at

Nathan

Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt

Logan

South Bank

Online

Offshore

Other

Duration

3 years full-time

Credit points

240

Indicative fee

$32,000.00* per year (more)
* 2023 indicative annual fee

Entry requirements

6.5

IELTS (Academic) (more)

CRICOS code

104732K

Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Prerequisites

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

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.

Majors:
  • 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.

Flexibility

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.

If you are an International student on a student visa, you must ensure that you enrol in a way that will allow you to complete your enrolment within the expected program duration as stated on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

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

International students

An International student is one who is not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen or
  • a person who has Australian permanent resident status.
Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time trimesters).

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • An International 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 for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Bachelor of Visual Arts (1651)


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Changing programs

If an International student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Permanent resident status

If an undergraduate student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will be provided with a domestic fee-paying place.

The student may then apply for a Commonwealth supported place at the next admission period provided that the student satisfies the conditions for transfer from a domestic fee-paying place to a Commonwealth supported place as set out in the Undergraduate Programs Admission Policy.

If a postgraduate student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will automatically be considered for a Commonwealth supported place (subject to availability) or a domestic fee-paying place as applicable for the program.

If a research student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will automatically be considered for a Commonwealth Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset or a domestic fee-paying place as applicable for the program.

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