Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours)

Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours)

Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours)

Duration: 1 year full-time. 

Applications for 2025 for now open.

Our Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) (BVA (Hons)) is a one-year full-time program open to high-achieving candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree in visual art (or equivalent). Our BVA (Hons) program provides you with an opportunity to extend your artistic practice and develop your research skills and understanding of contemporary art. 

As a BVA (Hons) student you are given an on-site studio and full access to our facilities. You will work under the guidance of a supervisor of your choice to engage in practice-led research, utilising appropriate methodologies to develop an original body of artwork and accompanying written exegesis. Our BVA (Hons) program equips you to pursue a career as a practising artist and provides a pathway to post-graduate research.

To learn more about studying Honours at ACSA, contact Academic Director Monte Masi.

Honours Scholarship

Our BVA (Hons) Scholarship provides support to an outstanding student to undertake our program. The scholarship of $7500 is awarded to a successful applicant as a contribution to study-related expenses. Applications for the scholarship open along with applications to study Honours. 

“During my four years at the Adelaide Central School of Art I developed a wide range of skills that inform my practice in unexpected and surprising ways. Not only did the fundamentals of sculpture, drawing, and painting extend my own abilities, but also allowed an appreciation of others’ work, and cultivated a broader understanding of diverse arts practices beyond my own. In addition to skill, my training emphasised curiosity, rigour, and versatility—values which continue to inform my practice and research today”

Dr Ash Tower

2014 BVA (Honours) graduate and Art History & Theory lecturer

Course Information

During Honours, students are paired with an academic supervisor of their choice from the School’s eligible lecturing staff. Students meet with their supervisor for one hour each week to discuss studio and research developments. All of our Honours supervision staff are active engaged researchers and practitioners. A select summary of research areas of expertise is provided below: 

  • Decolonial Theory
  • Environmental Theory
  • Social Practice
  • Feminisms and Queer Theory
  • Art, Science and Technology collaborations
  • Memory studies
  • Contemporary approaches to figurative and abstract painting
  • Folk histories
  • Contemporary fandom and pop culture 
  • Spatial practices and performativity
Semester 1

Honours Research Methods 1.1 .125 EFTSL | 6 credit points

Contact hrs: 3 hrs per week x 16 weeks
Research hrs: 5 hrs per week x 16 weeks

In this unit, students will plan, develop and write a Research Proposal and a Literature and Artefact Review, guided by a series of lectures, critical readings, tutorial presentations and individual supervised sessions.

Honours Studio Practice 1.1 .375 EFTSL | 18 credit points

Contact hrs: 1 hour per week supervision x 16 weeks, plus an additional 16 hrs for group sessions and activities
Studio Research hrs: 25 hrs per wk x 16 wks

Based on the project proposal, students will embark on self-directed studio research and investigation under the guidance of a nominated supervisor to develop a substantial body of artwork. Regular critiques and group discussions with peers form an integral part of this unit.

Semester 2

Honours Research Methods 1.2 .125 EFTSL | 6 credit points

Contact hrs: 3 hrs per week x 16 weeks
Research hrs: 5 hrs per week x 16 weeks

In this unit, students consolidate and apply research into relevant theory and art practice to demonstrate the projected outcomes of their studio research. Students produce a 5000 word exegesis articulating the direction and underpinning concepts expressed in their final body of work.

Honours Studio Practice 1.2 .375 EFTSL | 18 credit points

Contact hrs : 1 hr per week supervision x 16 weeks, plus an additional 16 hrs during the semester for group sessions and activities
Studio Research hrs : 25 hrs per wk x 16 wks

Students continue working on self-directed studio research and investigation under the guidance of their supervisor and produce a final body of artwork. Regular critiques and group discussions with peers form an integral part of this unit.

The BVA (Hons) is assessed by a combination of weightings from the two components of the course.

Semester 1 results for HSP 1.1 and HRM 1.1 are assessed internally. Final grades for these units will appear on the academic transcript, but do not contribute to the final BVA (Hons) grade.

The final BVA (Hons) grade is determined by an independent external panel. The assessment task for HSP 1.2 constitutes 75% of the final BVA (Hons) grade and the assessment task for HRM 1.2 constitutes 25%.

Semester 1 2024

New applications close 8 January
Enrolment closing date 29 January
Term 1 | 13 February – 5 April
Term 2 | 22 April – 14 June
Census Date 7 March 2024

Semester 2 2024
Term 3 | 22 July – 13 September
Term 4 | 30 September – 22 November
Final Assessment Week | 25 – 29 November
Census Date 19 August 2024

Click here to view the 2024 Student Handbook

At the end of each academic year, the School interior is cleared out and painted white to become a three storey exhibition space for the BVA and BVA (Hons) graduating cohort. Each graduate’s work is professionally photographed onsite, and each graduate is photographed in their studio as their first professional headshot. These images form the basis for our Graduate Catalogue publication which accompanies the graduate exhibition.  

How to apply

Applications for Honours in 2025 are now open. Applications are due 6 January 2025.

Online application form here

 If you are interested in applying for Honours in 2025 you can contact our Student Liaison Officer Andrew Herpich, Student Services Officer, Genevieve Spalding or call our admin office on 08 8299 7300.

Candidates must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in visual arts (or an equivalent qualification) with a credit average or higher.

Applications must be submitted using the online Honours Application Form (available when applications are open) and be accompanied the following supporting materials:

  • Certified copy of an identity document (e.g. birth certificate, driver’s licence, passport)
  • Certified copy of Australian citizenship or permanent residency (e.g. passport, visa grant notice)
  • Certified transcript of academic records OR digital copy that can be verified online (e.g. My eQuals), including evidence of completing undergraduate degree in Visual Art (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average or higher
  • Curriculum Vitae containing exhibitions, grants, written publications, awards or any experience since graduation relevant to the proposed Project Proposal
  • 5 – 9 images in one PDF showing a range of recent work relevant to the Project Proposal. Please include detailed for the images, including title, dimensions, materials and date.
    Other example of work if applicable (video excerpts should be no more than 2 minutes)
  • 500-word project proposal (see application form for further guidelines)

Admission is by competitive entry.

Our BVA (Hons) Scholarship provides support to an outstanding student to undertake our program. The scholarship of $7500 is awarded to a successful applicant as a contribution to study-related expenses.

Applications for the 2025 Honours Scholarship are now open. 

If you are interested in applying for Honours in 2025, you can get in touch with our Student Liaison Officer Andrew Herpich or call admin on 08 8299 7300.

Honours Graduates

Our Honours Graduates have a high rate of success in the visual arts sector. Recent Honours graduate successes include:

  • Alycia Bennett, BVA (Hons) 2016 | Winner, 2023 Prospect Portrait Prize
  • Ash Tower, BVA (Hons) 2014 | 2025 Anne and Gordon Samstag International Travelling Scholarship
  • Amanda Seacombe, BVA (Hons) 2021, Finalist, $100,000 2022 Hadley’s Art Prize
  • Lucia Dohrmann, BVA (Hons) 2017, curated into nationally touring UNSW Gallery exhibition Pliable Planes 
  • Inneke Taal, BVA (Hons) 2019 | 2023 Anne and Gordon Samstag International Travelling Scholarship
 
Recent Honours graduates
Tahlia Hieatt
Yana Lehey
Khanh Mai
Abbey Murdoch
Evy Moschakis
Tony Busch
Julie Harding
Georgia Button
Brenton Drechsler
Lara Tilbrook
Amanda Seacombe
Josie Dillon
Jenni Daly
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