Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Managing facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBVMA
CRICOS code065536G
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9902 6261, email or visit

Course coordinator

Mr Rodney Forbes


  • 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


This course* offers a broad education in the visual arts. Graduates may practise professionally in one or more art media, or may become involved in art gallery activities, cultural programs, art education, or a range of art and design industry activities.

The visual arts are concerned with the range of activities of the fine arts and design, as well as painting, printmedia and sculpture, in addition to the theoretical and cultural aspects of art and design. The course comprises a choice of major disciplines in art, together with complementary studies, and a choice of elective units which, taken together, enable students to form individual study programs.

* This course was formerly titled Bachelor of Visual Arts (and offered at Gippsland). Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts (at Gippsland) should observe the requirements of the Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts and consult the Handbook edition appropriate to their year level of commencement. Archived Handbooks are available at


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • identify and evaluate relevant research concepts in relation to aesthetics, history, theory and cultural issues in the relevant discipline
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of the visual and media arts in order to undertake sustained independent studio practice at a professional level
  • critically assess contemporary discourse on visual and media arts, speculative design theory and research both locally and internationally
  • evolve their own aims, interests and vision, to be expressed through their studio work within the discipline of visual and media arts with a high level of personal autonomy
  • interpret, represent and respond to the aesthetic, theoretical, historical and cultural contexts of visual and media arts practice


The degree structure is given depth by a sequence of units which form a major study taken over three years. It is given breadth by complementary and other units in studio and theory from which individual study programs can be formed.

(a.) First-year study program

The first year of the course has a common structure for all students that provides a sound introduction to both theory and practice in the context of the visual arts and assists the student to make an informed choice of a major study. Elective units are chosen after consultation with the studio coordinator.

(b.) Second and third year study program

In consultation with the course coordinator, students undertake the major study area, together with supporting units.

(c.) Major study (second and third years)

Students choose one of visual arts studio or digital media and complete 48 points at levels two and three. Added to the 12 points obtained in year one, this provides a core major of 60 points.

(d.) Elective units

Elective units are selected by students in consultation with the course coordinator. They will generally be taken from those within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. However, units elsewhere in the University are also available.

(e.) Professional practice

All students take one professional practice unit at third-year level.

(f.) Occupational health and safety (0 points)

A compulsory health and safety unit which deals with issues relevant to art and design.


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

First year (48 points)

First semester

  • DIS1103 Digital process for art and design 1 or elective
  • 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

Second year (48 points)

First semester

  • VIS2103 Visual arts studio 3 (12 points), or DIS2909 Electronic design and DIS2906 Design for multimedia
  • complementary study: theory of art and design
  • elective

Second semester

  • VIS2104 Visual arts studio 4 (12 points), or DIS2105 Digital imaging and DIS2601 Digital audio/video
  • complementary study: theory of art and design
  • elective

Third year (48 points)

First semester

  • VIS3105 Visual arts studio 5 (12 points) or DIS3010 Digital media studio A (12 points)
  • complementary study: theory of art and design
  • elective

Second semester

  • PPR3202 Professional practice B
  • VIS3106 Visual arts studio 6 (12 points) or DIS3020 Digital media studio B (12 points)
  • complementary study: theory of art and design


Bachelor of Visual Arts
Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts

The actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, the timing of study, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.