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 titleBVA(Hons)
CRICOS code067950M
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


Caulfield: Telephone +61 3 9903 1517; email

Gippsland: Telephone +61 3 9902 6261; email

Course coordinator

Dr Daniel Palmer (Caulfield); Mr Rodney Forbes (Gippsland)


  • 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 program of education in the discipline and practice of visual arts and provides students with the opportunity to intensively study areas of their own choice.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, 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:

  • critically analyse and refine creative output in order to undertake sustained independent studio practice at an advanced professional level in their chosen medium
  • identify, evaluate and communicate relevant visual arts research concepts in relation to aesthetics, history and theory both locally and internationally, at a level compatible with entry level higher research degree in the relevant discipline
  • contextualise, generate and apply advanced understanding of the discipline of the visual arts to communicate and position their professional studio practice and output critically within it
  • interpret, represent and respond to diverse modes of human experience, expression and linguistic diversity including the socio-economic and cultural contexts of visual arts practice and the ethical responsibilities of the profession


This course consists of:

(a.) visual arts studio projects (30 points)

(b.) honours-level research studies (12 points)

(c.) elective

(d.) occupational health and safety unit (0 points), if not previously passed or exempted.


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

First semester

  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points) - if required
  • TAD4503 Advanced art theory
  • VIS4001 Project studies (visual arts honours) (12 points)
  • elective

Second semester

  • TAD4504 Research seminar in art and design
  • VIS4002 Major project (visual arts honours) (18 points)


The Honours Degree of Bachelor of Visual Arts