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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 code064795G
Total credit points required204
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Education (Clayton): telephone +61 3 9905 2888, or email

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

Course coordinator

Education: Visual Arts: Dr Dan Wollmering


  • Full-time study only. In order to complete the degree within four years it is necessary for students to overload by 12 points in the fourth year.
  • 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 (secondary) 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 developed rich and integrated theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning as well as the culture and contexts of schooling
  • have linked these theoretical perspectives to different educational contexts and be able to use these linkages to inform and develop their practice
  • have developed a high level of competence as knowledgeable, reflective, research oriented and articulate practitioners
  • be self-sufficient and independent as beginning teachers in a secondary context generally and in the specific areas of humanities education that they select for study in their Bachelor of Visual Arts.

For the objectives of the visual arts component of this double degree visit




The course includes a minimum of 80 days of placement, with some placement being undertaken in each year of the course. In first, second and third year, placements are tied to education units offered. In fourth year, the 50 days of placement are tied to the four professional experience units. These placements involve a program of field visits to different educational sites and include structured teaching experience.

Students must be available to undertake these on a full-time basis for several weeks at a time. For full time students placement is typically conducted in two blocks of five weeks, one each semester. For part time students it is typically conducted in four blocks of two to three weeks, one block in each of four semesters. These units are taken concurrently with enrolment in the core curriculum units and the curriculum specialism units. They provide supervised teaching practice in the teaching area of the student's curriculum units while on school placement.

Students who are employed in schools must complete at least 25 days of supervised school placement in a setting other than the school at which they are employed.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration and employment as secondary 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

  • DWG1201 Drawing 1B
  • DWG1202 Drawing 2B
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety
  • TAD1101 History of pre-industrial art and design
  • TAD1102 Visual culture and media of the industrial age
  • VIS1111 Visual arts studio 1
  • VIS1112 Visual arts Studio 2

Second year

  • 36 points of approved visual arts studies

Third year

  • 24 points of approved visual arts studies

Education component

Studies in education (108 points) comprising:

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

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

Students need to be aware that their major and minor studies in visual arts must satisfy the requirements for the study of two curriculum specialism units in their fourth year and the requirements for employment laid down by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Students are advised to consult the VIT website at in consultation with their course adviser.

Students should consult their course coordinator to assist in planning their program.


Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Visual Arts