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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 Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA/BVA
CRICOS code051389G
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Faculty of Arts:

Faculty of Art and Design:


  • Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.
  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


Students must satisfy the requirements of study within the very wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and communications offered by the Arts faculty and are encouraged to grasp the opportunity provided to develop their imaginations and gain a broad understanding of the new ideas, skills and concepts. Students also complete visual arts studies from the Faculty of Art and Design from the studio practice and theory areas, chosen from interdisciplinary design, glass, metals/jewellery, painting, photomedia, printmedia, sculpture, or the theory of art and design.


This course combines the broad teaching and learning objectives of the Bachelor of Arts degree with the more specific theories and practices of a Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Refer to the Bachelor of Arts objectives at and Bachelor of Visual Arts objectives at


This course consists of 96 points in the arts component and 96 points in the visual arts component. All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

For information on majors and minors, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Arts component

Students complete:

(a.) an arts major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) a first-year arts sequence in a third area of study (12 points)

(d.) a further two arts units (12 points)

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of Arts.

Visual arts component

Students complete:

(a.) seven core first-year art and design units (36 points):

First semester

  • DWG1201 Drawing 1B (fine art/visual arts)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual language
  • VIS1111 Visual arts studio 1

Second semester

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

(b.) a major study comprising 48 points (with at least 36 points at second and third-year levels) to provide depth of study, together with breadth of study provided through complementary and other units in studio and theory from which individual study programs can be formed

(c.) a further two 6-point second-year theory units (ie those beginning with TAD) (total 12 points).

Major studies

Students complete one of the following major studies.

Studio specialisations available at Caulfield campus
Interdisciplinary design
  • DGN2003 Interdisciplinary design studio 3
  • DGN2004 Interdisciplinary design studio 4
  • DGN3105 Interdisciplinary design studio 5 (12 points)
  • DGN3106 Interdisciplinary design studio 6 (12 points)
  • two level-two 6-point visual art studio specialisations
  • PTG2513 Painting practice and theory 3A
  • PTG2514 Painting practice and theory 4A
  • PTG2523 Painting practice and theory 3B
  • PTG2524 Painting practice and theory 4B
  • PTG3515 Painting practice and theory 5 (12 points)
  • PTG3516 Painting practice and theory 6 (12 points)
  • 48 points taken from units offered by the Department of Multimedia and Digital Arts.

Contact the Faculty of Art and Design Student and Administrative Service for assistance with unit selection.

  • PRM2413 Printmedia practice and theory 3A
  • PRM2414 Printmedia practice and theory 4A
  • PRM2423 Printmedia practice and theory 3B
  • PRM2424 Printmedia practice and theory 4B
  • PRM3415 Printmedia practice and theory 5 (12 points)
  • PRM3416 Printmedia practice and theory 6 (12 points)
  • SCU2613 Sculpture practice and theory 3A
  • SCU2614 Sculpture practice and theory 4A
  • SCU2623 Sculpture practice and theory 3B
  • SCU2624 Sculpture practice and theory 4B
  • SCU3615 Sculpture practice and theory 5 (12 points)
  • SCU3616 Sculpture practice and theory 6 (12 points)
Theory of art and design
  • 48 points taken from units offered by the Department of Theory of Art and Design.

Contact the Faculty of Art and Design Student and Administrative Service for assistance with unit selection.

Studio specialisation available at Gippsland campus
  • VIS2103 Visual arts studio 3 (12 points)
  • VIS2104 Visual arts studio 4 (12 points)
  • VIS3105 Visual arts studio 5 (12 points)
  • VIS3106 Visual arts studio 6 (12 points)

Alternative exit(s)

Students cannot graduate from either single degree until they have satisfied the requirements for that award and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points in the relevant component.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Visual Arts