Faculty of Creative Arts

Visual Arts

UAC Code: 754605

This major is based on studio practice and related theory and history studies. The studio processes cover textiles, painting and sculpture - with support studies in drawing, printmaking, photography, video, installation, digital image making and curatorial practices. Student work is shown throughout the year in various gallery spaces in the Faculty.

In first year, studio subjects introduce students to a range of processes and media. Studio skills are taught, and a critical approach to their use is fostered in weekly seminars which explore the histories of each art and craft discipline.

In second year, studio subjects build on these basic techniques and skills. Increased emphasis is placed on the students' ability to achieve independence in ideas, technical skills and work practices. Students are encouraged to contextualise their artwork in contemporary practice by developing research processes, attending exhibitions and participating in the wider artistic community.

In third year studio subjects, students are expected to explore and develop personal themes and ideas to a greater depth. Professional practice as a visual artist is introduced. This includes skills in visual presentation appropriate to the medium, gallery practice and compiling a professional portfolio. The focus is on the completion of a body of work, culminating in the public exhibition of their work within the Graduate Show.

In theory subjects, first year students are introduced to theoretical and historical aspects of art criticism and cultural production, including the international modernist movement. Second year art history and theory studies cover Australian nineteenth and twentieth century visual arts and design and studies the role of the artist in contemporary culture. In third year the focus turns to Australian Indigenous art and visual culture and post colonial cultural issues.

Specific Entry Requirements

Acceptance is based upon application to be submitted by the advertised deadline + interview (normally held in late November/early December) + Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) results or equivalent.

Major Study Program

Subjects

 

Session

Credit Points

100-Level

VISA101

Visual Investigations A

Autumn

6

VISA102

Visual Investigations B

Spring

6

VISA103

Introduction to Visual Arts Studio A

Autumn

6

VISA104

Introduction to Visual Arts Studio B

Spring

6

Plus 12 credit points of theory:

VISA121

Introduction to Critical Theory in Art and Design

Autumn

6

VISA122

Ideas in Practice: Perspectives on Modernism

Spring

6

200-Level

VISA201

Visual Investigations C

Autumn

6

VISA202

Visual Investigations D

Spring

6

VISA203

Visual Arts Studio C

Autumn

6

VISA204

Visual Arts Studio D

Spring

6

Plus 12 credit points of theory:

VISA221

Theory in practice: Aust. Art, Media & Design in the Global Context

Autumn

6

VISA222

The Artist in Contemporary Culture

Spring

6

300-Level

VISA301

Visual Investigations E

Autumn

6

VISA302

Visual Investigations F

Spring

6

VISA303

Advanced Visual Arts Studio E

Autumn

6

VISA304

Advanced Visual Arts Studio F

Spring

6

Plus 12 credit points of theory:

VISA321

Introduction to Indigenous Art and Visual Culture

Autumn

6

VISA322

Representation and Space in the Post Colonial World

Spring

6

Electives

Single degree BCA students must also include 36 credit points of electives in their degree, of which no more than 18 credit points may be at 100- level.