Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

For the outcomes of the business component of this double degree refer to the single degree entry for 3806 Bachelor of Business.

Upon successful completion of the visual arts component of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • identify and evaluate relevant research concepts in relation to aesthetics, history, theory and cultural issues in the relevant discipline
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of the visual and media arts in order to undertake sustained independent studio practice at a professional level
  • critically assess contemporary discourse on visual and media arts, speculative design theory and research both locally and internationally
  • evolve their own aims, interests and vision, to be expressed through their studio work within the discipline of visual and media arts with a high level of personal autonomy
  • interpret, represent and respond to the aesthetic, theoretical, historical and cultural contexts of visual and media arts practice.

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.

Refer to the Faculty of Business and Economics Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.


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

All units are six points unless otherwise indicated.

Students must complete:

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

  • AHT1101 Introduction to visual language in art design and architecture
  • AHT1102 Modernism and the avant-gardes
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)
  • VPR1001 Visual practices 1 (12 points)
  • VPR1002 Visual practices 2 (12 points)

(b.) two art history and theory units (12 points):

  • AHT2102 International art 1945-2000
  • one other 6-point second-year art history and theory unit

(c.) units in a major studio at second and third-year levels chosen as outlined in one of the streams below (48 points)

Major studio streams

Students must complete one of the following streams. Note: those units with as asterisk (*) will already have been completed as part of the core elements of this course.

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)
Art history and theory
  • AHT1101 Introduction to visual language in art design and architecture*
  • AHT1102 Modernism and the avant-gardes*
  • AHT2102 International art 1945-2000*
  • an additional 36 credit points of art history and theory units (units with a prefix of AHT) taken from either second or third-year
  • 12 credit points of complementary studio units offered by the Department of Fine Art

Relevant units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook and the index of unitsindex of units ( for art history and theory units and the index of units offered by the Department of Fine Artindex of units offered by the Department of Fine Art (

The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3.


Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Visual Arts