Bachelor of Visual Arts

Griffith University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00233E

Why choose this degree?The Bachelor of Visual Arts will equip you with the necessary historical, theoretical and practical knowledge to begin a career in the visual arts. Working with accomplished artists, art historians and other industry leaders, you will learn how to navigate and succeed in the visual arts sector. This degree consists primarily of studio and art theory courses. In the first year, you will undertake introductory courses in painting, sculpture photography and Indigenous art and protocols with the additional choice of foundation courses in either printmaking, jewellery and small objects, or digital media. In your second year, you will specialise in either painting, sculpture, or photography, with electives in other disciplines at the Queensland College of Art and across Griffith University. In your third year, you will continue your major, learn important professional practice skills and produce a major cross-disciplinary project and exhibition. Courses in art theory underpin all three years of the program and provide an important foundation for studio practice or further art historical and curatorial study.Majors: PaintingPhotographySculpture Industry and expert connectionsOpportunities to engage industry and build employment options include working with guest artists, curators and arts workers; undertaking field trips and work placements; participating in exhibitions, symposia and events, technical workshops and masterclasses; embarking on study tours for course credit; as well as participating in a broad range of industry engagement opportunities through QCA's LiveArt.Graduate outcomesThis internationally recognised degree will equip you for a career in the visual and creative arts, from gallery director and professional artist to curator, educator, government arts worker and creative consultant. The skills and knowledge you gain will equip you to adapt and succeed in the expanding and changing landscape of the creative arts and will also serve as the foundation for further studies in education, research or professional practice. FlexibilityTailor your timetable - Even if you study full-time on-campus, you may still be able to customise your degree to suit your needs. From a range of tutorial times to online access to lectures and other course material, we're here to help you fit study in with your work and life commitments.Global mobilityAn array of inspiring overseas study opportunities, ranging from a few weeks to a year, are available for students in this degree. Visit Go Global Griffith for more information.


  • Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art Foundations
  • Digital Modelling Studio
  • Drawing Foundations
  • Global Visual Culture
  • Introduction to Art Theory
  • Introduction to Art Theory 2
  • Introduction to Painting
  • Introduction to Photography
  • Introduction to Sculpture
  • Jewellery and Small Objects Foundations
  • Language and Communication for Arts and Social Sciences
  • Listed electives and/or Free-choice electives
  • Major Studio Project (Part 1)
  • Major Studio Project (Part 2)
  • Making Interaction
  • Making Visual Media
  • Print Foundations
  • Professional Practices in the Visual Arts

Standard entry requirements



Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website: Credit transfer Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past. These precedents will give you an idea of what you can expect. View credit precedents for this program

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
South Bank Campus International: $96,000 No
  • Full-time : 3 years

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