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 titleBASS/BVMA
CRICOS code075419G
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences offers a focused but flexible course of study where students choose to explore two or more areas of interest. Students can study traditional arts and social sciences disciplines such as history, sociology and English alongside more applied and vocational areas, to construct a degree that suits their individual goals and interests. Graduates will be able to demonstrate skills of analysis, critical thinking, high-level communication and the potential for life-long learning. The course has no compulsory units.

Visual arts studies offered by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture in the studio practice and theory areas are chosen from interdisciplinary design, glass, metals/jewellery, painting, photomedia, printmedia, sculpture, or the theory of art and design.



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

Areas of study

Arts and social sciences majors and minors

Note: A minor only is available for Australian studies, community welfare and counselling, criminal justice, and English. Philosophy and psychology are only available via off-campus learning.

For the specific requirements of arts and social sciences majors and minors and information on other arts units refer to the Areas of studyAreas of study ( section in this Handbook.


Arts and social sciences component

Students must complete:

(a.) an arts and social sciences major (48 points)

(b.) an arts and social sciences minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) a first-year arts and social sciences sequence in a third area of study (12 points)

(d.) a further two arts and social sciences units (12 points)

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts and social sciences disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences.

Visual and media arts component

All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

Students must complete:

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

  • DWG1201 Drawing 1B (fine art/visual arts)*
  • DWG1202 Drawing 2B (fine art/visual arts)**
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)*
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual language*
  • TAD1102 Modernism and the avant-gardes*
  • VIS1111 Visual arts studio 1*
  • VIS1112 Visual arts studio 2**

* Studied in semester one.

** Studied in semester two.

(b.) a major study comprising 48 points (with at least 36 points at second and third-year levels) to provide depth of study, together with breadth of study provided through complementary and other units in studio and theory from which individual study programs can be formed

(c.) a further two 6-point second-year theory units (i.e. those beginning with TAD) (total 12 points).

Major studies

  • VIS2103 Visual arts studio 3 (12 points)
  • VIS2104 Visual arts studio 4 (12 points)
  • VIS3105 Visual arts studio 5 (12 points)
  • VIS3106 Visual arts studio 6 (12 points)

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 and Social Sciences
Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts