Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 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.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code2961
Managing facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBVA(Hons)
CRICOS code067950M
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT

Full-time study only

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


Caulfield: Telephone +61 3 9903 1517; email

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Kit Wise


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


This course offers a program of education in the discipline and practice of visual arts and provides students with the opportunity to intensively study areas of their own choice.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

  • critically analyse and refine creative output in order to undertake sustained independent studio practice at an advanced professional level in their chosen medium
  • identify, evaluate and communicate relevant visual arts research concepts in relation to aesthetics, history and theory both locally and internationally, at a level compatible with entry level higher research degree in the relevant discipline
  • contextualise, generate and apply advanced understanding of the discipline of the visual arts to communicate and position their professional studio practice and output critically within it
  • interpret, represent and respond to diverse modes of human experience, expression and linguistic diversity including the socio-economic and cultural contexts of visual arts practice and the ethical responsibilities of the profession.


This course consists of:

(a.) visual arts studio projects (30 points)

(b.) honours-level research studies (12 points)

(c.) elective (6 points)

(d.) occupational health and safety unit (0 points), if not previously passed or exempted.


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

Semester one

  • AHT4503 Advanced art theory
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points) - if required
  • VIS4001 Project studies (visual arts honours) (12 points)
  • elective

Relevant electives can be identified, in consultation with the honours coordinator, using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook.

Semester two

  • AHT4504 Art theory research seminar
  • VIS4002 Major project (visual arts honours) (18 points)


Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)