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 Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA/BVA
CRICOS code075402F
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:


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • 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 visual practices 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 six 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.) Core first-year art and design units (36 points):

First semester

  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual language (6 points)
  • VPR1001 Visual practices 1 (12 points)

Second semester

  • TAD1102 Modernism and the avant-gardes (6 points)
  • VPR1002 Visual practices 2 (12 points)

(b.) a major study comprising 72 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 including TAD2102 Perspectives on post-war practices (total 12 points).

Major studies

Students complete one of the following major studies.

Studio specialisations available at Caulfield campus
Visual practices (72 credit points)
  • VPR1001 Visual practices 1 (12 points)
  • VPR1002 Visual practices 2 (12 points)
  • VPR2001 Visual practices 3 (12 points)
  • VPR2002 Visual practices 4 (12 points)
  • VPR3001 Visual practices 5 (12 points)
  • VPR3002 Visual practices 6 (12 points)
Theory of art and design (72 credit points)
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual culture (6 points)
  • TAD1102 Modernism and the avant-gardes (6 points)
  • TAD2102 Perspectives on post-war practices (6 points)
  • An additional 48 credit points taken from units offered by the Department of Theory of Art and Design.
  • 6 credit points of studio based selective from the fine arts offerings

Contact the Faculty of Art and Design student and administrative service for assistance with unit selection.

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