If you have creative flair and an artistic leaning, our Visual Arts program allows you to explore and experiment with your expressive nature. Entwined with theory, the program will support you towards realising your creative vision through research, art history, traditional practice methods, and contemporary approaches to art in materials and process

You will develop foundational skills in life drawing and observational drawing and learn techniques to enable the manifestation of your art production. Advanced knowledge of national and international artists and their practice will provide a framework and context for you to locate your own emerging practice.

As an Academy graduate with a major in Visual Arts, you will have wide-ranging professional opportunities – for example, practising as an exhibiting artist, commercial illustration, teaching, or working in gallery and museum collections.

  • Understand approaches to art in materials and process
  • Foundation skills in life and observational drawing
  • Advanced knowledge of national and international artists and their practice
  • Build industry contacts via professional placement and international exchange opportunities
  • Enhance creative skills via a sub-major from either the Filmmaking & Photography stream or one of the other creative disciplines.

Graduating with a major in Visual Arts offers wide-ranging professional opportunities: for example, practising as an exhibiting artist, commercial illustration, teaching, or working in gallery and museum collections.

  • Creative students
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Innovative thinker

To be considered for admission, applicants are generally required to have successfully completed their VCE or equivalent. Mature-aged applicants who have attained sufficient industry experience will also be considered. If you are a domestic student aged under 18 you can enrol at the Academy but you will need your parent or guardian's consent. Unfortunately we are unable to enrol international students under the age of 18.

  • Small classes. Generally no more than 18.
  • State of the art facilities, including industry standard computing equipment and software.

Bachelor of Design Arts

The Bachelor of Design Arts is completed over 3 years or part-time equivalent. The course consists of five credit-bearing units of study per semester. 15-17 hours per week. 16 week semesters.

During Orientation the Academy will provide you with a detailed list of the required materials for the program.

80% project work (including practical work, essays, presentations and group assignments) and 20% test.

Face-to-face.