Bachelor of Arts (Art)

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  • Objectives
    Contemporary art practice requires abilities in observing, analysing and conceptualising information. As an artist you'll develop this research into a broad range of artworks. This course is interdisciplinary in nature and encourages the potential for incorporating conceptual and technical approaches from a variety of sources. You will be encouraged to find your individual voice and will be provided with the skills to channel your distinctive qualities into coherent visual images in a variety of media. You can focus your creative work in a range of disciplines, including: Textiles Painting Material culture Print media Sculpture Jewellery and three-dimensional design Electronic arts Drawing Ceramics Fashion Photography Installation Performance Audio-visual technologies The first year of this course will introduce you to the basic concepts and philosophy of contemporary visual arts practice and will provide experience in a variety of studio disciplines. This unique feature will enable you to make an informed choice about areas of study and visual research you wish to focus on in your second and third years.
  • Entry requirements
    You will need to submit a portfolio and attend an interview. Please see Humanities' portfolio requirements for details.
  • Academic title
    Bachelor of Arts (Art)
  • Course description
     179299 v.5 Bachelor of Arts (Art)


    Course CRICOS Code: 014119C
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 3 Years


    This course of contemporary art practice develops abilities in observing, analysing and conceptualising information, and developing this research into a broad range of artworks. The course is interdisciplinary in nature and encourages students to incorporate conceptual and technical approaches from a variety of sources. Students produce creative work in a range of disciplines, including textiles, painting, print media, sculpture, jewellery and three-dimensional design, electronic arts, drawing, ceramics,fashion, photography, installation, performance and audio-visual technologies.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    All applicants to the Bachelor of Art (Art) must be interviewed. All TISC applicants will receive an invitation to interview in November using the mailing address registered with TISC. Interviews are held in early December and the invitation to interviewwill outline all the required information, including arrangements for alternative times and alternatives for distance applications. If you are applying outside of the TISC round OR have changed your preferences to include this course, you should contact the Department of Art to arrange an interview time.

    Specific Requirements
    STAT elements considered are E and either V or Q.

    Students may be required to participate in field trips and/or short term internships during semester or in the mid-semester breaks.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates of this course find employment in a wide range of fields, especially those where initiative, creative thinking and critical awareness are valued. Many rise to prominence as individual or collaborative arts or crafts practitioners, while others use their training in associated areas including graphic design, illustration (such as book, architectural, or medical), web design, museum design, theatre, dance, performance, public art, curation, community arts and arts administration (including both large and small galleries and other arts institutions).

    Recent evidence of the success of Curtin students and graduates as professional artists is the recognition they have been given by being included in major national and international touring exhibitions. Curtin graduates are overwhelmingly predominant in the gallery-exhibiting scene locally and very well represented on the national scene.

    Other employment prospects include art teaching in TAFE as well as in government and private schools at all levels – early childhood, primary and secondary.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Provision exists for entry to applicants who have completed a post-secondary education diploma course or part of a comparable first degree program. Such applicants may be admitted with prior learning status if they can demonstrate the required skills and levels of achievement.

    Duration and Availability

    3 years' full-time study or equivalent part-time

    Course Organisation (HB)

    This course has a common first year to introduce the basic concepts and philosophy of contemporary visual arts practice and to provide an initial experience in studio disciplines taught within the Department. In second and third year, students select anArt Studio Project unit, an Art and Visual Culture unit and an Art Minor Project unit.

    Additional Course Expenses

    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other vital study materials. Some units within this course may have a field component, for which costs may be incurred. In addition students will need to contribute to retainable materials fee. This amount may vary, depending on the unit of study.

    Further Information

    Late applicants for the Bentley Campus will need to contact the Department of Art to arrange an interview. Only the first two years of the course are available at Midland and only the second and third years are available at Albany. For further information please contact the Centre for Regional Education administration.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                     Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1 Semester 1

    1780         v.8           Art and Visual Culture 191                                3.0     25.0
    1927         v.9           Art Studio 191                                                 12.0     50.0
    311485     v.1           Art Studio Research 191                                   3.0     25.0

    Year 1 Semester 2

    1782         v.8           Art and Visual Culture 192                               3.0     25.0
    1928         v.9           Art Studio 192                                                12.0     50.0
    311486     v.1           Art Studio Research 192                                  3.0     25.0

    Year 2 Semester 1

    12944       v.4           Art Minor Project 291                                      3.0     25.0
    311364     v.1           Art and Visual Culture 291                              3.0     25.0
    311487     v.1           Art Studio Research 291                                 4.0     25.0
    311491     v.1           Art Studio Project 291                                     4.0     25.0

    Year 2 Semester 2

    12946       v.4           Art Minor Project 292                                      3.0     25.0
    311365     v.1           Art and Visual Culture 292                              3.0     25.0
    311488     v.1           Art Studio Research 292                                 4.0     25.0
    311492     v.1           Art Studio Project 292                                    4.0     25.0

    Year 3 Semester 1

    12948       v.4           Art Minor Project 391                                     3.0     25.0
    311366     v.1           Art and Visual Culture 391                             3.0     25.0
    311489     v.1           Art Studio Research 391                                4.0     25.0
    311493     v.1           Art Studio Project 391                                    4.0     25.0

    Year 3 Semester 2

    12950       v.4           Art Minor Project 392                                     3.0     25.0
    311367     v.1           Art and Visual Culture 392                             3.0     25.0
    311490     v.1           Art Studio Research 392                                4.0     25.0
    311494     v.1           Art Studio Project 392                                    4.0     25.0


    Year     Location                   Period     All*     Internal    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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