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 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 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. 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 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 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


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience, 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.

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.

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 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 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.


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 (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