Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 (Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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

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

Course coordinator

Education:, Visual Arts: Dr Dan Wollmering


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only.
  • 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 students' 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 will only be permitted to complete a placement in their place of employment if they receive the required level of supervision. Students must be available to undertake school placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement for full days at times determined by the faculty.

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.


All units are six points unless otherwise indicated.

Visual Arts component

Students must complete 10 units (96 points) from the Faculty of Art and Design as follows:

(a.) six compulsory visual practice units (72 points):

(b.) completion of a compulsory occupational health and safety unit (0 points):

  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety

(c.) completion of three compulsory theory units (18 points)

  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual language
  • TAD1102 Modernism and the avantgardes
  • TAD2102 Perspectives on post-war practices

(d.) completion of one unit of theory at either second or third-year level (units with a prefix of TAD)

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