Bachelor of Visual Art

Bachelor of Visual Art

Bachelor of Visual Art

Duration: 3 years full time or part time equivalent

Applications for 2024 mid-year entry are now open

The Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA) is a three-year degree program, designed to give you the skills and knowledge to develop a career as a practising artist. Our focus on the fundamental art-making practices of drawing, painting and sculpture is complemented by an emphasis on conceptual development, Art History & Theory and professional practice. In your third year of study you will be supported to develop a coherent body of work based on comprehensive self-directed studio research.

On completion of the BVA you will be equipped to develop an independent studio practice and pursue a career as a professional practising artist. You will also be well-positioned to undertake further study or seek employment opportunities in related fields, such as arts administration, arts writing, education, marketing, events, commercial design and curating.

School Leaver Scholarships

Our School Leaver Scholarships provide $5,000 in support to undertake the first year of full-time study of the Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA). Scholarships of up to $5000 will be awarded to successful applicants as a contribution to study-related expenses. If you’ve successfully completed senior secondary school within the last three years, this scholarship is open for you.

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“As scary as it was for me to study my first degree I wouldn’t change a thing, not only did I learn the invaluable techniques I’d hoped for from lecturers that are practising artists and gain a better understanding of how to conceptualise my work but I also met lots of amazing people. These people are a huge part of my life and I feel like I have found my community”

Thomas Readett

2015 Bachelor of Visual Art graduate

How to apply

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 (available when applications are open).

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 friendly Student Support Team, Andrew Herpich and Genevieve Spalding, on 8299 7300 or via email.

Course Information

Important Dates

2024 Academic Dates


Semester 1 2024

Term 1 | 13 February – 5 April
Term 2 | 22 April – 14 June

Tuition Fee due date | 22 February
Census Date 7 March 2024


Semester 2 2024
Term 3 | 22 July – 13 September
Term 4 | 30 September – 22 November

Tuition Fee due date | 12 June
Final Assessment Week | 25 – 29 November
Census Date 19 August 2024

New Student Application

Diploma of Visual Art | Associate Degree of Visual Art | Bachelor of Visual Art. Applications for Semester 2 2024 are now open. 

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