The Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to develop yourself as a professional artist. The Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) offers a range of media and methods with major studies in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photo media. Students will then complete introductory studio studies in the first year, then focus upon a principal discipline in their studio work. Students will undertake individual learning plans designed to expand and enhance their creativity. The focus will be on enabling you to explore traditional and contemporary ideas and approaches. The Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) offers studio work, critical analysis, studies in art history and theory – including approaches to environmental arts – and also covers business and gallery practice. Final year students will stage a professional exhibition with full support material. Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) graduates will be multi-skilled and critcally informed art professionals, capable of establishing exhibition careers, competing for state and federal funding, and undertaking postgraduate work. This course is based at the Gordon’s City Campus, Fenwick St, Geelong and is delivered by the School of Art, Design and ICT.
For non Year 12 applicants, the Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) requires applicants to be at least 18 years of age and to have been out of full-time study for at least 12 months. There are no minimum tertiary entrance requirements for current Year 12 applicants. You will be expected to have suitable language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to undertake the course of study. Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) applicants will be required to attend an interview and present a folio. * Gordon Specialist Courses offers Folio Preparation Visual Arts, a five-class short course aimed at providing you with a basic knowledge of how to prepare a visual arts focused folio. Contact Gordon Specialist Courses on (03) 5225 0680 for more information.
Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)
Title Approx. Hours
Art and Society 1A 42
Art and Society 1B 42
Critical Analysis 42
Art and Society 2A 42
Art and Society 2B 42
Art and Society 3A 42
Art and Society 3B 42
Public Art 56
Australian and Indigenous Art 28
Asian Art 28
Exhibition Design and Management 56
New and Emerging Media Technology 56
Professional Arts Business 1 42
Professional Arts Business 2 42
Art Industry 42
Professional Arts Business Practice 42
Life Drawing 1 56
Art Studio – Foundation (Drawing) 42
Art Studio – Foundation (Painting) 42
Art Studio – Foundation (Sculpture) 42
Art Studio – Foundation (Printmaking) 42
Art Studio – Foundation (Photomedia) 42
Studio Practice 1A 140
Studio Practice 1B 140
Life Drawing 2 56
Studio Practice 2A 140
Studio Practice 2B 140
Art Studio – Sub Major (Drawing) 84
Art Studio – Sub Major (Painting) 84
Art Studio – Sub Major (Sculpture) 84
Art Studio – Sub Major (Printmaking) 84
Art Studio – Sub Major (Photomedia) 84
Art Studio – Major (Drawing) 140
Art Studio – Major (Painting) 140
Art Studio – Major (Sculpture) 140
Art Studio – Major (Printmaking) 140
Art Studio – Major (Photomedia) 140
Advanced Studio Practice 224
Modelling A Practice 322
The Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) is a full-time three-year course*. Students can expect approximately 27 hours per week of classroom attendance. The course starts in February.
* Selected units may be available on a part time basis. To check availability please contact Course Information.
If you are thinking of studying the Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) part-time contact the School of Art, Design and ICT on 5225 0771.
If you apply to study the Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) you will be required to attend an interview. At this interview you must demonstrate ability in at least three of these disciplines – painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, or sculpture
Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.
Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)
* Professional artist OR Environmental artist
* Public artist OR Community arts officer
* Art gallery/museum assistant
* Gallery Director
Post Graduate Studies
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.
Gordon Institute Support Services
The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.