Bachelor of Arts (Digital Design) and (Fine Art) - 2017

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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This degree offers a choice of studying two single majors together and introduces students to the complementary fields of digital design and fine art. This course enables students to understand web-based design, 2-D and 3-D animation design, digital photography, digital illustration and rendering, interactive and experience design, simulations and modelling, and electronic game design along with drawing upon the diverse and complex traditions of Fine Art and calls for a high degree of self-discipline, a capacity for self-criticism and dedication to the demanding profession of being an artist.

Digital Design

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply discipline knowledge of creative practice in design application, studio practice and critical discourse, contribute to evidence based practice through visual and technical research
  2. think critically and reflectively by incorporating creativity within design research, design practice and contemporary professional/industry practice
  3. critically evaluate design specific technologies and relevant design literature, synthesise information from a range of sources
  4. demonstrate effective audio/visual, spoken, written, graphic and technical communication appropriate to digital design within the confines of professional design practice, wroughting and production
  5. use and discern tools and technologies appropriate and relevant to the design, development, testing and production of digital content and its delivery
  6. demonstrate personal awareness of a design specific practice, apply effective self-directed learning skills; sustain an engagement with contemporary practices and the creative industries
  7. recognise the significance of international movements and influences in contemporary design and studio practice, understand and utilise international standards in cultural, regulatory and profession practice
  8. recognise the importance of cultural diversity and visual language, respect individuals from all cultures, develop cross-cultural collaborations that foster innovation and diversity in design activities, studio practice and production
  9. work independently and collaboratively, demonstrating design relevant professional practice and leadership skills, use responsible design, sustainable practices and ethical responsibilities within personal judgements. 

Fine Art

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply discipline knowledge of creative production in both studio practice and art critical discourse; contribute to evidence based practice through visual research
  2. think critically and reflectively by incorporating creativity within visual research and studio practice
  3. critically evaluate visual culture, technology and literature relevant to the discipline, synthesise information from a range of sources
  4. demonstrate effective visual, spoken and written communication appropriate to both studio practice and art critical discourse
  5. use and discern technologies appropriate to the production of contemporary art
  6. demonstrate personal awareness of a critically reflective studio practice; apply effective self-directed learning skills; sustain an engagement with visual culture and creative industries
  7. recognise the significance of international visual arts and cultural practice in the development of local and national professional contemporary visual arts production
  8. recognise the importance of cultural diversity through visual language; respect individuals from all cultures; develop cross-cultural collaborations that foster innovation and diversity in the visual arts
  9. work independently and collaboratively, demonstrating art relevant professional practice and leadership skills.

Graduates will be equipped with relevant industry skills specific to careers as: website designers; 2D & 3D animation designers; as designers in the field of interactive design for digital simulators; designers in 3D modelling and rendering; character and avatar designers, mobile and computer game designers; professional art practitioners; art curators; exhibition coordinators; and arts administrators.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study;
  • Able to meet the university admission criteria requirements.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Admission criteria
  • English Language Proficiency (Please refer to Special Requirements section)

Admission criteria

A. Applicants with higher education study

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:
    • Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level (this satisfies the English language proficiency requirement) OR
    • Successful completion of two OUA degree level units with separate evidence of English proficiency is required.
  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required)

Completed bridging or enabling course

Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency

C. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Australian Year 12 students

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Additional information

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language proficiency requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

To complete the course as a full time student, a maximum of two units per Study Period is recommended.

Level 1 BA (Digital Design and Fine Art) - complete the following:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communication (core unit)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (core unit)
  • VAR100 Art and Design Fundamentals (core unit)
  • VIS18 Introduction to History of Art and Design (core unit)
  • DIG11 Universal Design Principles (Digital Design major unit)
  • DIG12 Digital Design Process (Digital Design major unit)
  • VSW14 Fine Art Studio Methods (Fine Art major unit)
  • VSW13 Fine Art Studio (Fine Art major unit)

Level 2 and level 3

Single Major BA (Digital Design)
Complete four level two and four level three Digital Design major units

AND

Single Major BA (Fine Art)
Complete four level two and four level three Fine Art major units

The Bachelor of Arts course incorporates a progressive structure of units designed to build knowledge and enable you to successfully progress through the course.

To obtain the award for the BA (Digital Design and Fine Art) students must complete a total of 24 units as follows:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communication (core unit)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (core unit)
  • VAR100 Art and Design Fundamentals (core unit)
  • VIS18 Introduction to History of Art and Design (core unit)
  • Ten Digital Design Major units selected from Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Ten Fine Art Major units selected from Levels 1, 2 and 3

The following criteria also apply:

  • The combined Digital Design and Fine Art structure does not allow for electives.
  • You must complete the degree within 10 years.
  • You must complete at least eight Curtin University units where Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is applicable.

All units in these majors are delivered fully online. Students with special needs can apply for alternative flexible delivery of materials.

You will need to supply your own art materials for all the Fine Art units. You will require a digital camera for photographic documentation of your work. A scanner may also be useful. Please refer to the Unit Profiles for additional information.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art and Design Fundamentals
VAR100 CUR - SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM155 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to History of Art and Design
VIS18 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Universal Design Principles
DIG111 CUR Coming in 2018
Digital Design Process
DIG12 CUR Coming in 2018

1 This unit is equivalent to DIG272 Universal Design Principles.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Fine Art Studio Materials
VSW13 CUR SP1 - SP3 SP4
Fine Art Studio Methods
VSW14 CUR SP1 SP2 - SP4
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
User Interface and Experience
DIG21 CUR Coming in 2018
Internet Design Introduction
DIG251 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Multiplatform Design
DIG23 CUR Coming in 2018
Internet Interactivity Design
DIG252 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Complete 4 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Painting Fine Art Studio Strategies
VSW21 CUR SP1 - SP3 SP4
Painting Fine Art Studio Processes
VSW22 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Painting Fine Art Studio Extension
VSW23 CUR SP1 - SP3 SP4
Painting Fine Art Project
VSW24 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 -

Note: Students completing the Fine Art Major should choose Painting OR Sculpture (not both) in Level 2

Complete 4 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sculpture Fine Art Studio Strategies
VSW25 CUR SP1 - SP3 SP4
Sculpture Fine Art Studio Processes
VSW26 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Sculpture Fine Art Studio Extension
VSW27 CUR SP1 - SP3 SP4
Sculpture Fine Art Project
VSW28 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 -

Note: Students completing the Fine Art Major should choose Painting OR Sculpture (not both) in Level 2

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Online Games, Play and Gamification
WEB310 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Internet Dynamic Environment Design
DIG351 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Digital Portfolio Development
DIG372 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Internet Delivery Design
DIG352 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Fine Art Studio Practice
VSW31 CUR SP1 - SP3 SP4
Fine Art Project Development
VSW32 CUR SP1 SP2 - SP4
Fine Art Project Advanced A
VSW33 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Fine Art Project Advanced B
VSW34 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 -

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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We recommend that all students, as soon as they are eligible, should apply for and take a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). However, if you choose not to be a CSP student, please contact OpenCurtin via email to OpenCurtin@curtin.edu.au.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
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  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
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    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

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