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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 Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleBVA/BEd
CRICOS code064796G
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland, Peninsula)
Contact details

Education (Peninsula): telephone +61 3 9904 4291 or email

Education (Gippsland): telephone +61 3 9902 6367, email

Visual Arts (Caulfield): telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Gippsland Centre for Art and Design telephone: +61 3 9902 6261

Course coordinator

Dr Chris Peers (Education, Peninsula), Dr Michael Dyson (Education, Gippsland), Dr Dan Wollmering (Visual Arts, Caulfield)


  • Students enrolled at Peninsula will be required to undertake some studies at Clayton and Caulfield campuses. This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


This double degree course allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Education (primary) degrees. Teaching is a recognised and well-regarded career path for visual art graduates. When students take the Bachelor of Visual Arts degree and the Bachelor of Education in combination, they are able to complete both courses in four calendar years of full-time study.


Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will have:

  • acquired the skills that will effectively allow them to plan and deliver primary school educational programs
  • gained an understanding of curriculum development and the significance of the key areas of learning taught in primary schools
  • developed knowledge about child development underlying professional practice and an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of primary teacher education
  • understood and appreciated the cultural contexts of schooling and the diversity of the student population
  • developed the capacity to be responsive to the needs of children, their families and communities in a flexible and innovative way.

For objectives of the visual arts component of this double degree go to


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Those students who are employed in schools must complete a minimum of 50 per cent of supervised placement in a setting other than the school in which they are employed. Students must be available to undertake fieldwork placements full time. This fieldwork is a program of field visits to different educational sites and includes structured teaching experience. Students will be required to complete projects related to their field visits.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible for registration and employment as primary school teachers in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check registration and employment requirements with local authorities.


To receive the awards of Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Education, a student must successfully complete units totalling 192 points, consisting of:

(a.) studies in visual arts (96 points), including a major study (three years of study in a single discipline), a minor study (two years of study in a single discipline), and two additional first-year units

(b.) studies in education (96 points), comprising a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum. School placements are also included.

Progressively over the course, students will complete more of the education component, until the final year, which is composed entirely of education studies, including professional placements.


This course is offered at the Peninsula and Gippsland campuses, however those students enrolled at Peninsula will be required to undertake some studies at Clayton and Caulfield campuses as follows:

  • first year education units (EDF1303 and EDF1304) are taught at Clayton
  • all visual arts units (ie those not coded EDF) in all years are taught at Caulfield.

For Gippsland students, all visual arts and education components of the double degree will be undertaken at the Gippsland campus.

First year

  • DWG1201 Drawing 1B
  • DWG1202 Drawing 2B
  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1 (five days professional placement)
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2 (five days professional placement)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual language
  • TAD1102 Modernism and the avantgardes
  • VIS1111 Visual arts studio 1
  • VIS1112 Visual arts Studio 2

Second year

  • EDF1307 Early literacy and numeracy 1 (10 days professional placement)
  • EDF2302 Re-imagining children's learning (five days professional placement)
  • 36 points of approved visual arts studies

Third year

  • EDF2301 Multiliteracies: Mediating the world
  • EDF2304 Early literacy and numeracy 2
  • EDF3301 Numeracy
  • EDF3311 Understanding space and place (15 days professional placement)
  • 24 points of approved visual arts studies

Fourth year


Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Visual Arts