Associate Degree of Visual Art

Associate Degree of Visual Art

The Associate Degree of Visual Art (ADVA) is a two-year program focused on building foundation skills in key aspects of visual art.

The ADVA is the first two years of the Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA), so you will be be studying alongside Diploma and Bachelor students in your classes. During studying the ADVA, you will be taking classes in:

  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Art History & Theory
  • Contemporary Studio Practice


On completion of the ADVA, graduates are equipped to pursue employment opportunities in the field of visual arts and in related occupations or undertake further study. The ADVA can be completed at a part-time or full-time rate.

The ADVA would suit someone interested in expanding their technical, written and conceptual skills in visual art. The difference between studying the ADVA and studying the BVA is that the BVA includes a third year which is focussed on a year-long individual project and professional artistic practice. If you complete the ADVA and are interested in studying this third year, you can apply to enter the BVA and get recognition of prior learning for your previous 2 years of study. 

For more information on studying the ADVA, you can get in touch with our Student Liaison Officer Andrew Herpich.

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How to apply

Applications for Semester 2 2023 entry are now open. Applications close 16 June 2023. 

Application form HERE

Preparing Your Application
Information on preparing your application and the support material required can be found on the first page of the New Student Application Form.

Application Entry Stream
Applications can be submitted under the Academic Entry Stream or Alternative Entry Stream.

To apply under the academic entry stream, an applicant requires an ATAR score (or equivalent) of 60 or above completed within the last 5 years OR a qualification of AQF Level 5 or above completed in the last 10 years.

To apply under the Alternative Entry Stream, applicants will need to attend a portfolio interview. This will be scheduled after the application closing date.

Assessment of Applications
Academic Entry Applications are assessed after the application closing date. Alternative Entry Applications are assessed after the portfolio interview.

Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application by email. Applicants who are accepted into a course of study receive a Letter of Offer and Enrolment Pack. Applicants who are not accepted into a course of study receive written notification.

Applicants who are dissatisfied with the outcome of their application are referred to the School’s Student Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Questions? Contact our Student Liaison Officer, Andrew Herpich, on 8299 7300 or via email.

Course Information

Important Dates

Applications open

26 May 2023

Applications close

16 June 2023 

Semester 2 2023
New applications close 16 June
Enrolment closing date 3 July
Term 3 17 July – 8 September
Term 4 25 September – 17 November
Assessment Weeks 20 – 24 November
Census Date 14 August

New Student Application

Diploma of Visual Art | Associate Degree of Visual Art | Bachelor of Visual Art. Applications for mid-year entry into the DVA, ADVA and BVA courses open on 27 May 2023.

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