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 Arts

Managing facultyArts
Partner facultyArt, Design and Architecture
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)
Admission, fee and application details
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Faculty of Arts:

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture:


  • 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.


The Bachelor of Arts is a general, flexible degree which allows students to match academic interests with career aspirations to create a personalised course progression. Studying humanities will develop general knowledge and specific intellectual skills relating to human thought and relations, such as the way we communicate or how the past has affected the present. Social science analyses and explains societies and the relationships of individuals within those societies.

Visual arts studies offered by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture in the studio practice and theory areas are chosen from visual practices, or the theory of art and design.



This course consists of 96 points in the arts component and 96 points in the visual arts component.

Areas of study

For the specific requirements of arts majors and minors and information on other arts units refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Arts component

Students must 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

All units are six points unless otherwise indicated.

Students must complete:

(a.) 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)**

* Studied in semester one.

** Studied in semester two.

(b.) a major studio study comprising 72 points (with at least 48 points at second and third-year levels) of complementary study to provide depth of study, together with breadth of study

(c.) two theory units

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

Major studio studies

Students select one of the following streams.

Visual practices
  • 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
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual culture
  • TAD1102 Modernism and the avant-gardes
  • TAD2102 Perspectives on post-war practices
  • an additional 42 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 Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Contact the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture 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