Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours)

Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours)

Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours)

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 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.

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.

The application closing date for Semester 1 2023 is 9 January 2023

For more information and to apply, view the Scholarship Application Form

ACSA quote marks

“My time in the Honours program at the Adelaide Central School of Art was one of formative artistic progress, where I was given the time and space required to gather a body of knowledge that still informs my research today. The program afforded me the opportunity to extend the developments made during my undergraduate degree, and prompted me to think critically about these ideas. I found the ideal balance of support and independence through weekly meetings with my supervisor, as well as the broader staff/student community by way of a consistent and supportive critique program.”

– Ash Tower, 2014 Graduate of the BVA (Hons)

Course Information

Course Structure

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.

Assessment

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%.

How to apply

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

Preparing your application
Applications must be submitted using the online New Student Application Form 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.

Course Information

Important Dates

Semester 1 2023

New applications close 9 January
Enrolment closing date 30 January
Term 1 13 February – 7 April
Term 2 24 April – 16 June
Assessment Week 19 – 23 June
Census Date 13 March

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 entry into the DVA, ADVA and BVA courses are now open.