Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

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.

Course Fee:

International: $70,200

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent. NSW Assumed Knowledge: 2 units of English (any) (Band 3). NSW Recommended Studies: Visual Arts for study in Visual Arts. VIC Assumed Knowledge: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.


240 credit points. 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.

Subjects you can Study:

Visual arts and design

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include administrator, art conservation, art gallery manager, art theory research assistant, art therapist, community art, creative director, curatorships, events coordinator, professional artist, theatre and set designer, video film maker and editor, visual merchandiser.


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.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 52.35 No Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 52.35 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 3 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

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