Bachelor of Visual Arts

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

The Bachelor of Visual Arts has been reimagined in response to the evolving contemporary art landscape, with a focus on collaboration and self-initiated creative practice. We foster a cohesive creative community that will support you during your degree and after you graduate. Units in contemporary studio art practice are contextualised through a comprehensive historical and theoretical foundation. You will develop skills in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and installation, printmaking, and media technologies. You will also gain skills in virtual and physical exhibition planning and management through our online and campus galleries.Learn from internationally renowned practicing artists including Jill Orr, guest-speakers, and artists in residence while you immerse yourself in creative arts projects with local arts and community organisations. Our calendar is aligned with events such as the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Ballarat Heritage Festival and regional organisations such as the Art Gallery of Ballarat, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Latrobe Regional Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery. A range of electives across disciplines is available to complement your visual arts studies. With an expanded skillset, you expand your employment options in the arts sector and beyond. Electives include Arts Writing, Indigenous Studies, Entrepreneurship, Behavioural Studies, Media and Screen Studies, Education and Web Project Development.You will be prepared for a professional career in the arts through our internship program. Placements are available in art galleries, arts organisations, schools, and community organisations.Many of our graduates including David Noonan, Kim Anderson and Archibald Prize winner Marcus Wills enjoy successful careers as internationally renowned artists, curators, gallery directors and arts administrators.


This program consists of 360 credit points.


  • Drawing, Visual Art: Studio Arts Practice
  • Visual Culture: An Introduction
  • Digital Art
  • Visual Culture: Foundations and Traditions
  • Materials and Technology
  • Visual Culture: Modernism to Postmodernism
  • Australian Indigenous Art
  • Collaborative Workshop
  • Contemporary Issues in Visual Culture
  • Professional Art Practice
  • Connections
  • Writing About the Arts.

Standard entry requirements

Entry requirements (year 12)Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)Prerequisites Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.Satisfactory completion of a Year 12Compulsory: Selection is based on successful interview and folio presentation as well as completing a year 12 qualification (VCE/ interstate or overseas equivalent), as well as meeting the prerequisite study requirements.Entry requirements (non year 12)Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study:This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations. Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as Foundation Access Studies (FAST).Admission criteria for applicants with a Vocation Education and Training:This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations. Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.Admission criteria for applicants with a Work/Life Experience:Minimum requirements: Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies may not be eligible for entry into this program. Entry will be based on successful interview and folio presentation.Extra RequirementsEssential requirements for selection and applicationSupplementary: Folio and Interview (All Applicants – domestic and international):Supplementary form: Applicants must complete and submit a supplementary application form to secure an interview. The online form can be accessed from here.Folio and folio presentation: Compulsory: The selection process includes an interview and folio presentation. Your folio work should be representative of your creative ideas and abilities. Qualities of importance are originality, innovation, imagination, experimentation and competence in the basic skills associated with visual arts. Please include evidence of your drawing skills in your folio, along with any journals of relevant material. Read more about preparing your folio or consider attending our folio preparation workshop. InterviewCompulsory: Applicants must attend an interview of approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Please check the Arts Academy webpage for dates and locations. In the interview, you are asked to present a comprehensive folio of your work in a variety of media. The selection panel is interested to hear about your motivations for studying in your chosen field, and see a range of creative work that demonstrates your ability to explore ideas in depth. Read more about the interview. Folio preparation workshopOur full day workshop is designed for all prospective art and design students. It aims to help you to plan and develop a quality folio of artwork to present at your interview for entry into a tertiary visual arts or design program.

Study pathways

Credit will be considered if students have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies in a relevant area.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Camp Street (Ballarat) International: $88,500 No
  • Full-time : 3 years

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