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 Education

Managing facultyEducation
Partner facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBVA/BEd(Sec)
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 Michael Vale


  • 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.


Secondary school teachers are specialists in one or more areas within a school curriculum, allowing them to focus on subjects and issues where they have professional expertise and qualifications. This course provides students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the areas they intend to teach in schools. This approach enables students to develop their knowledge and expertise in visual arts disciplines as well as developing their knowledge and expertise in the discipline of education. Students also learn through practical experiences, completing professional placements in secondary schools and other settings, including opportunities for overseas or remote practical experiences.


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:

  • integrate theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning as well as the culture and contexts of schooling
  • link theoretical perspectives to different educational contexts and be able to use these linkages to inform and develop their practice
  • attain 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 outcomes of the Bachelor of 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. Students will only be given permission to complete a placement in their place of employment in exceptional circumstances and if they will receive the required level of supervision. Where permission is granted, students will not be permitted to undertake more than 50 per cent of the placement in their place of employment. 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 consists of studies in visual arts (96 points) and studies in education (108 points), incorporating compulsory and elective units, and teaching placements.

Areas of study


Visual arts component

All units are six points unless otherwise indicated.

Students must complete:

(a.) six core first-year art and design units (36 points):

  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual language
  • TAD1102 Modernism and the avant-gardes
  • VPR1001 Visual practices 1 (12 points)
  • VPR1002 Visual practices 2 (12 points)

(b.) two theory units (12 points):

  • TAD2102 Perspectives on post-war practices
  • one other 6-point second-year theory unit

(c.) units in a major studio at second and third-year levels chosen as outlined in one of the streams below

Major studio streams

Students must complete one of the following streams.

Visual practices
  • 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
  • 36 credit points taken from either second or third-year theory units (units with a prefix of TAD)
  • 12 credit points of complementary studio offered by the Department of Fine Art

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

Education component

Students must complete:

  • a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum
  • professional placement units.

For the requirements of the education component, refer to the link under 'Areas of study'.

Major and minor studies in visual arts must satisfy the requirements for the study of two teaching method units in their fourth year and the requirements for employment laid down by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Students are advised to consult the VIT website at in consultation with their course adviser to assist in planning their course.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Visual Arts prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the visual arts requirements for the double degree course.


Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Visual Arts