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
Partner facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleBBus/BVA
CRICOS code075113D
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Colin Jevons (Faculty of Business and Economics), Dr Michael Vale (Faculty of Art and Design)


  • 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 will enable students with a strong discipline background in visual arts to combine their knowledge and skills with the development of a strong discipline base in business principles.


Professional recognition

This double degree with relevant units is recognised by the following legal entities:

  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • CPA Australia
  • Risk Management Institute of Australasia
  • The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Professional recognition may be dependent upon work experience requirements and the correct choice of units.

Details of educational requirements for professional recognition can be found at:


This course consists of:

  • core and elective units and a 48-point major in the business component taught by the Faculty of Business and Economics
  • a visual practice discipline taught by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture together with a breadth of studies provided through complementary and other units in studio and theory, from which approved individual study programs can be formed.

Areas of study


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

Business component

Students must complete 16 units (96 points) from the Faculty of Business and Economics as follows:

(a.) six compulsory common core units (36 points):

(b.) a major of eight units (48 points):

  • the major must come from the approved list of majors offered on the Caulfield campus
  • the requirements of the majors are listed under 'Areas of study'
  • at least two units (12 points) must be completed at each of second and third-year level

* Note: Depending on the major chosen, one or more of the units in the major may have already been studied as part of the group of common core units - where this is the case, students will complete an additional unit as detailed below.

(c.) additional units taken in the Bachelor of Business, Caulfield campus, to reach the required minimum of 16 units.

Additional degree requirements for the Bachelor of Business:

  • a maximum of eight first-year level units (48 points)
  • a minimum of four third-year level units (24 points) from those offered by the faculty at the Caulfield campus
  • in addition to specific unit prerequisites, second-year level units require the successful completion of three first-year level units and third-year level units require the successful completion of two second-year level units.

Visual arts component

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.


Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Visual Arts