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 titleBASS/BVMA
CRICOS code075419G
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Students must satisfy the requirements of study within the very wide range of disciplines offered in the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences 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.


Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (BASS) Objectives:

Graduates will be required to demonstrate skills in intellectual enquiry, the capacity for analysis, critique and creative thinking in various humanities and social science disciplines, the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, and information literacy, as developed through and informed by the disciplines they have studied, the ability to engage with new technologies and communicate effectively in online environments, breadth and depth of knowledge in the past and present frameworks, debates and issues in the disciplines they have studied, as well as an understanding of their relevance to contemporary life, the capacity to apply these studies in the changing circumstances of the work environments they are likely to inhabit, the capacity to enact an ethically reflexive and intellectually informed position in relation to the social and cultural context in which they live, cross-cultural literacies and an understanding of the consequences and implications of globalisation, and the skills, literacies and self-motivation required to undertake life-long learning.

Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts (BVA) Objectives:

To educate graduates who have a knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of the visual arts. Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Visual Arts, graduates will have an array of concepts and skills pertinent to visual arts practice. They will have the:

  • capacity to critically assess and contribute to contemporary discourse in visual arts
  • ability to evolve their own aims, interests and vision, to be expressed through their studio work whilst working independently
  • ability to apply knowledge, understanding and imagination in aesthetics, history, theory and cultural studies in an independent manner.


Arts and social sciences component

Students complete:

(a.) an arts and social sciences major (48 points)

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

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

(d.) a further two arts & social sciences units (12 points)

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts and social sciences disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences.

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) (6 points)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual language (6 points)
  • VIS1111 Visual arts studio 1 (6 points)

Second semester

  • DWG1202 Drawing 2B (fine art/visual arts) (6 points)
  • TAD1102 Modernism and the avant-gardes (6 points)
  • 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 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)

Areas of Study

Note: A minor only is available for Australian studies, community welfare and counselling, criminal justice, English, and journalism. Philosophy and psychology are only available via off-campus learning.

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 Visual and Media Arts
Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences