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Monash University Handbook 2011 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
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland, Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
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

Education: Visual Arts: Dr Dan Wollmering


  • Full-time study only.
  • Gippsland students: All units are undertaken at Gippsland campus. Peninsula students: First year education units are undertaken at Clayton campus. All visual arts units are undertaken at Caulfield campus. This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


The Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Education (primary) develops student's artistic skills in one or more visual media and prepares students for a career in the creative and visual arts, or visual arts education. Students develop skills and creativity, learning from active practitioners in visual art. The education studies provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical foundations of education, curriculum studies and practical teaching experience.




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 visit






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 are eligible for registration and employment as primary school teachers in the government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.


This course comprises studies in visual arts and studies in education incorporating compulsory and elective units, and teaching placements.


Visual Arts component

Studies in visual arts (96 points) comprising:

  • a major study (three years of study in a single discipline)
  • a minor study (two years of study in a single discipline)
  • two additional first-year units.

First year

Second year

  • 36 points of approved visual arts studies

Third year

  • 24 points of approved visual arts studies

Education component

Studies in education (96 points) comprising:

  • a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum
  • fieldwork placements.

For full details on the education requirements refer to the 'Education - Primary' 'area of study' at


Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Visual Arts