The visual arts major sequence provides a mix of art and design history and theory electives and studio-based fine art. You’ll experience a range of professional practice opportunities such as entering your work in art competitions, writing publish-ready interviews, articles and art reviews and presenting you artwork in group exhibitions in the ACU gallery. You will be trained by staff who are active practitioners in their field and benefit from small class sizes in an intimate studio environment. If you’re on an education pathway, you can combine a major in the visual arts with a teaching qualification to prepare you for secondary level visual arts teaching. 

Career opportunities

The art history and theory units have resulted in career outcomes such as freelance art reviewers, educational officers in galleries, and research assistant positions in academia.

The practical art units have resulted in students working toward solo exhibitions and curating group shows of their peers' work in artist-run spaces.

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Completion requirements

A student must complete 80 cp of the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

a. at least 10 cp from 100-level units (Part A)

b. at least 40 cp from 200-level units (Part B)

c. at least 20 cp from 300-level units (Part C)

*Students in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary and Special Education) must complete 60 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of no more than 2 units at 100-level and at least 2 units at 300-level.

*Students may not include more than 20cp of Graphic Design units within the Visual Arts Major

Complete at least 10 credit points from the following:

Complete at least 40 credit points from the following:

  • ARTS226Video / Installation10 CP
  • ARTS236Ceramics/Multimedia10 CP
  • ARTS237Postmodern Art in the 20th Century10 CP
  • ARTS238Photography10 CP
  • ARTS241Painting10 CP
  • ARTS245Printmaking10 CP
  • ARTS246Sculptural Practice10 CP
  • ARTS247Renaissance to Romanticism in Art and Architecture10 CP
  • DESN227Web Design10 CP

  • DESN240Design for Multimedia10 CP
  • DESN242Design for Publication10 CP
  • DESN243Design for Visual Storytelling10 CP
  • DESN244Design for Social Media10 CP
  • HUMA252Art, Politics and Society in Renaissance and Baroque Rome10 CP
  • HUMA253The Art of France From Empire to Modernity10 CP

Students may not include more than 20cp of Graphic Design units within the Visual Arts Major

Complete at least 20 credit points from the following:

  • ARTS332Self-Directed Studio10 CP
  • ARTS340Visual Arts and Design Major Project10 CP
  • ARTS325Professional Practice10 CP
  • ARTS330Internship10 CP
  • ARTS338International Study Tour: Venice Biennale10 CP
  • ARTS341Art in the 21st Century10 CP
  • HUMA320Major Creative Project10 CP

    300-level cross-credited electives Restriction requirement for HUMA320. Permission from the National Head of School or Course Coordinator is required prior to enrolling in this unit if you wish to count towards a particular major.

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