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Bachelor of Visual Arts

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the School of Art

BVA
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Visual Arts and Crafts
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Visual Arts and Crafts

Do you want to hone your artistic abilities into a fruitful and creative career? Look no further.

The ANU Bachelor of Visual Arts features majors in animation and video, ceramics, furniture, glass, gold and silversmithing, painting, photomedia, print media and drawing, sculpture and textiles. You will also have the opportunity to study in complementary areas such as life drawing, bookmaking, etching, papermaking and screen printing.

Our program is designed to develop and refine your high-level technical and creative skills, while building your knowledge of working with materials and technologies of your chosen studio discipline. You will learn to work independently and collaboratively to plan and participate in exhibitions of your works.

You can also take advantage of our close proximity to immerse yourself in the array of national cultural institutions that Canberra has to offer, with some classes held in these leading institutions.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find work as independent artists, in arts organisations, as an art teacher, in galleries or museums and in many other related fields.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Visual Arts, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply technical skills and specialist knowledge to realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression.
  2. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in the visual arts.
  3. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply historical and theoretical perspectives to practice in the visual arts.
  4. Develop and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively.
  5. Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences
  6. Work independently and collaboratively in response to project demands.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

Prerequisites

Entry into the Bachelor of Visual Arts is based on ACT or NSW HSC equivalent and interview and portfolio. Once an application has been lodged through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC), applicants are required to fill out a Request for Interview Form on the ANU website at
soa.anu.edu.au/how-apply/undergraduate-applications.

International applicants lodge an application directly with ANU and include their portfolio with their application.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/  for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$32,640.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Visual Arts requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ARTV1020 Figure & Life

ARTV1021 Image and Object

DESA1022 Vision and Perception

 

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

ARTV1032 Foundation Computer Studies

COMP1720 Art and Interaction in New Media

 

48 units from the completion of one of the following workshop majors:

Animation and Video

Ceramics

Furniture

Glass

Gold and Silversmithing

Painting

Photomedia

Printmedia and Drawing

Sculpture

Textiles

 

24 units from completion of the Art Theory minor

 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

For information about honours in visual arts, please see Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

Majors

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Visual Arts Major 1000 level Course 6 units ARTV1020 Figure & Life 6 units ARTV1021 Image and Object 6 units ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space 6 units
Visual Arts Major 1000 level Course 6 units DESA1022 Vision and Perception 6 units ARTV1032 Foundation Computer Studies 6 units OR COMP1720; ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning 6 units
Year 2 48 units Visual Arts Major 2000 level Course 6 units Visual Arts Major 2000 level Course 6 units Art Theory Minor 2000/3000 level course 6 units Elective 1000/2000/3000 level course 6 units
Visual Arts Major 2000 level Course 6 units Visual Arts Major 2000 level Course 6 units Art Theory Minor 2000/3000 level course 6 units Elective 1000/2000/3000 level course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Visual Arts Major 3000 level Course 6 units Elective 2000 level course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level course 6 units
Visual Arts Major 3000 level Course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level course 6 units

Single degree

Three years full-time (144 units) - 4 courses per semester (24 units)
A Major in one of the following disciplines (48 units):
•    Animation and Video
•    Ceramics
•    Furniture
•    Glass
•    Gold and Silversmithing
•    Painting
•    Photomedia
•    Printmedia and Drawing
•    Sculpture
•    Textiles
A Minor in Art Theory (4 courses)
Four Compulsory Courses (24 units)
•    ARTV1020 - Figure & Life
•    ARTV1021 - Image and Object
•    DESA1022 - Vision and Perception
•    ARTV1032 - Foundation Computer Studies or COMP1720 Art and Interaction in New Media
•    Eight Electives (48 units) from across ANU

Double degree

This degree requires 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
A Major in one of the following disciplines (48 units):
•    Animation and Video
•    Ceramics
•    Furniture
•    Glass
•    Gold and Silversmithing
•    Painting
•    Photomedia
•    Printmedia and Drawing
•    Sculpture
•    Textiles
Minor in Art Theory (4 courses)
Four Compulsory Courses (24 units)
•    ARTV1020 - Figure & Life
•    ARTV1021 - Image and Object
•    DESA1022 - Vision and Perception
•    ARTV1032 - Foundation Computer Studies or COMP1720 Art and Interaction in New Media

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Visual Art program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take one major from the listed disciplines (8 courses), the Art Theory minor and the four compulsory courses ARTV1020, ARTV1021, DESA1022 and ARTV1032 or COMP1720. You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Bachelor of Visual Arts degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to take one major from the listed disciplines (8 courses), the Art Theory minor and the four compulsory courses ARTV1020, ARTV1021, DESA1022 and ARTV1032 or COMP1720.

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time
A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor
You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester
You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year
You need to enrol in courses for a Visual Arts major
You need to enrol in courses for the Art Theory minor
You need to enrol in the four compulsory courses
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Visual Arts half of the double degree

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTV1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You need to enrol in the following 1000-level courses:

For your chosen major:
•    One 1000-level course (6 units) in First Semester
•    One 1000-level course (6 units) in Second Semester

Four Compulsory Courses
•    ARTV1020 - Figure & Life in First Semester
•    ARTV1021 - Image and Object in First Semester
•    DESA1022 - Vision and Perception in Second Semester
•    ARTV1032 - Foundation Computer Studies in Second Semester or COMP1720 Art and Interaction in New Media
For your Art Theory Minor:
•    ARTH1006 - Art and Design Histories: Form and Space in First Semester
•    ARTH1007 - Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning in Second Semester

Electives

Single Degree
You will not have room to enrol in electives in your first year. Later in your degree you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors.

Study Options

Bachelor of Visual Arts - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Visual Art.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Visual Arts Major 1000 level course 6 units ARTV1020 Figure & Life 6 units ARTV1021 Image and Object 6 units ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space 6 units
Visual Arts Major 1000 level course 6 units DESA1022 Vision and Perception 6 units ARTV1032 Foundation Computer Studies 6 units OR COMP1720; ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning 6 units

Bachelor of Visual Arts - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARTV1021 Image and Object 6 units ARTV1020 Figure & Life 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
ARTV1032 Foundation Computer Studies 6 units OR COMP1720; DESA1022 Vision and Perception 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
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