Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
VTAC code
58.50 for Melbourne
Fees (first year)*

$10494 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised



The Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design degree provides an exciting mix of:

  • studio-based art
  • graphic design
  • art and design history and theory
  • practical and professional experience with exhibitions in art galleries.

You will explore the relationships between two-dimensional media areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking and photography, and three and four-dimensional areas such as sculpture, video production and object design, as well as graphic design leading to webpage design and animation.

Students can specialise in one of these areas in the third year of the course plus there are opportunities for an internship and acquisition of relevant business skills.


Volunteer experience

Graduates of this course must have completed at a satisfactory level of performance, a three week (or equivalent) internship at a selected workplace or community organisation.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course may be eligible for membership of the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)
  • Australian Print Council
  • Australian Net Art and Technology (ANET)
  • Australian Sculptors Association
  • Craft Australia
  • International Council of Museums (ICOM)
  • International Association of Art (UNESCO) (only available to NAVA members)
  • National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
  • Potters Society
  • Victorian Artists Society (VAS)
  • Victorian Ceramic Group.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • advertising
  • art therapy
  • ceramics
  • curation
  • teaching design
  • graphic design
  • illustration
  • museum management
  • painting
  • photography
  • print and electronic media
  • printmaking
  • research
  • sculpture

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

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AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

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Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

 If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$10494 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200212011


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.


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