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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art and Design

Managing facultyArt and Design
Abbreviated titleBVMA
CRICOS code065536G
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9902 6261, email or visit

Course coordinator

Mr Rodney Forbes


  • Full-time study only


The course* offers a broad education in the visual arts. Graduates may practise professionally in one or more art media, or may become involved in art gallery activities, cultural programs, art education, or a range of art and design industry activities.

The visual arts are concerned with the range of activities of the fine arts and design, as well as the newer areas such as photomedia and digital media, in addition to the theoretical and cultural aspects of art and design. The course comprises a choice of major disciplines in art, together with complementary studies, and a choice of elective units which, taken together, enable students to form individual study programs.

After successfully completing this course students may extend studies in their chosen major discipline at fourth year/honours level and undertake studies in the research methods of the visual arts.

* This course was formerly titled Bachelor of Visual Arts (Gippsland). Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Gippsland) should observe the requirements of the Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts.


To educate graduates who have a knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of the visual arts. Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts, graduates will have an array of concepts and skills pertinent to visual and media arts practices.

They will have the:

  • capacity to critically assess and contribute to contemporary discourse in visual and media arts
  • ability to evolve their own aims, interests and vision, to be expressed through their studio work whilst working independently
  • ability to apply knowledge, understanding and imagination in aesthetics, history, theory and cultural studies in an independent manner.


The degree structure is given depth by a sequence of units which form a major study taken over three years. It is given breadth by complementary and other units in studio and theory from which individual study programs can be formed.

(a.) First-year study program

The first year of the course has a common structure for all students that provides a sound introduction to both theory and practice in the context of the visual arts and assists the student to make an informed choice of a major study. Elective units are chosen after consultation with the studio coordinator. An example first semester is as follows:

  • introductory visual arts studio (6 points)
  • drawing (6 points)
  • theory of art and design (6 points)
  • digital media (6 points) or elective (6 points).

(b.) Second and third year study program

In consultation with the course coordinator, students undertake the major study area, together with supporting units. The typical semester pattern consists of:

  • major study: visual arts (12 points) or digital media (12 points)
  • complementary studies: theory of art and design (6 points)
  • electives (6 points).

(c.) Major study (second and third years)

Forty-eight points must be taken in the chosen major study at year two and year three levels. Added to the 12 points obtained in year one, this provides a core major of 60 points:

  • visual arts studio
  • digital media.

(d.) Elective units

Elective units are selected by students in consultation with the course coordinator. They will generally be taken from those within the Faculty of Art and Design. However, units elsewhere in the University are also available.

(e.) Professional practice (6 points)

All students take one professional practice unit at third-year level.

(f.) Occupational health and safety (0 points)

A compulsory health and safety unit which deals with issues relevant to art and design.


First year (48 points)

First semester

  • DIS1103 Digital process for art and design 1 or elective (6 points)
  • DWG1201 Drawing 1B (fine art/visual arts) (6 points)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual language (6 points)
  • VIS1111 Visual arts studio 1 (6 points)

Second semester

  • DIS1704 Web design (6 points) or elective (6 points)
  • DWG1202 Drawing 2B (fine art/visual arts) (6 points)
  • TAD1102 Modernism and the avantgardes (6 points)
  • VIS1112 Visual arts studio 2 (6 points)

Second year (48 points)

First semester

  • VIS2103 Visual arts studio 3 (12 points), or DIS2909 Electronic design (6 points) and DIS2906 Design for multimedia (6 points)
  • Complementary study: theory of art and design (6 points)
  • elective (6 points)

Second semester

  • VIS2104 Visual arts studio 4 (12 points), or DIS2105 Digital imaging (6 points) and DIS2601 Digital audio/video (6 points)
  • Complementary study: theory of art and design (6 points)
  • elective (6 points)

Third year (48 points)

First semester

  • VIS3105 Visual arts studio 5 (12 points) or DIS3010 Digital media studio A (12 points)
  • Complementary study: theory of art and design (6 points)
  • elective (6 points)

Second semester

  • PPR3202 Professional practice B (6 points)
  • VIS3106 Visual arts studio 6 (12 points) or DIS3020 Digital media studio B (12 points)
  • Complementary study: theory of art and design (6 points)


Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts