Bachelor of Arts (Visual Culture) - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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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 two single majors: BA (Fine Art) or BA (Visual Culture). Students may choose to study both single majors to obtain the BA (Fine Art) and (Visual Culture).

In the Visual Culture major students explore the history and theories of art and learn to critically evaluate how art informs our world. Students are also trained in practices of seeing and representation through technical and intuitive skills based in drawing.

If you aspire to become a professional artist and want to contribute to the artistic, aesthetic and social needs of our society, the Fine Art major may suit you. The Fine Art major draws 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. This course aims to produce highly accomplished and knowledgeable graduates able to contribute to the artistic, aesthetic and social needs of contemporary society.

If you would like to explore the full breadth of art practice including theory and history, combining the two majors into a BA (Fine Art) and (Visual Culture) is highly recommended. The combination of these courses will offer you broad experience in visual arts , theory and practice. You will have access to an online learning resource area which includes an art image database, examples of artwork presentations for assessment and technical advice. These courses are delivered fully online.

Please Note: Students who have previously completed SSK12 pre SP2, 2017 may be eligible for CRL for APC100.

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

  1. apply discipline knowledge of critical discourses within art and design; contribute to evidence based practice through visual research
  2. think critically and reflectively by incorporating creativity within the research and articulation of visual culture
  3. critically evaluate visual culture, technology, practices and literature relevant to the discipline, synthesise information from a range of sources
  4. demonstrate effective visual, spoken and written communication appropriate to art and design critical discourses
  5. use and discern visual and other technologies appropriate to the understanding of contemporary art and design
  6. sustain an engagement with visual culture and creative industries through self-directed ongoing learning skills
  7. recognise the significance of disparate international visual art and design practices in the development of local and national professional contemporary visual cultural 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 art and design
  9. work independently and collaboratively, demonstrating art and design professional practice and leadership skills.

Graduates find employment in a wide range of fields, especially where initiative, creative thinking and critical awareness are valued. Many graduates rise to prominence as individual or collaborative professional art practitioners, while others are employed as art curators, exhibition coordinators and arts administrators in both public and private organisations.

Graduates have opportunities to build careers in cultural policy development, cultural industries, public relations and tourism.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place 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 course admission 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:

  • Entrance Requirements
  • English Language Competency

Entrance Requirements

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:

* Successful completion of Humanities Pathway OR
* Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies English language competency requirement.) OR
* Successful completion of two OUA degree level units with separate evidence of English competency is required

  • 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
  • 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 competence is not required)
  • 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
  • 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 competency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

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

English Language Competency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language 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 competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

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

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

All units in this major 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.

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

Level 1 Single Major BA (Visual Culture) – complete the following:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communications (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)
  • Two Visual Culture major units - VIS19 Issues in Contemporary Art and VAR11 Introduction to Drawing
  • Two elective units

Level 2 and level 3

Single Major BA (Visual Culture)
Complete four level two and four level three Visual Culture major units AND Eight elective units

BA (Fine Art) and BA (Visual Culture)

Note: Students completing both the Fine Art and Visual Culture Majors concurrently must complete all common and major units for each of the single majors as listed below. The combined Fine Art and Visual Culture structure does not allow for electives.

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

Refer to the attached recommended Course Structure (PDF, 128KB)

To obtain the award for the BA (Visual Culture) students must complete a total of 24 units as follows:

BA (Visual Culture)

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communications (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 Visual Culture Major units selected from Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Ten elective units

The following criteria also apply to single major degrees:

  • It is recommended that only 4 of the 10 electives be Level 1 units.
  • You must complete the degree within 10 years.
  • You must complete at least eight Curtin University units where Credit for Prior Recognised Learning (CRL) is applicable.

BA (Fine Art) and BA (Visual Culture)

Students completing both the Fine Art and Visual Culture Majors concurrently must complete all common and major units for each single major as listed in the concurrent majors structure.

The following criteria also apply:

  • The combined Fine Art and Visual Culture 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.

Electives

Single major students have ten electives which may be selected from additional Fine Art and Visual Culture units or from any OUA undergraduate units at any undergraduate degree level.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to History of Art and Design
VIS18 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art and Design Fundamentals
VAR100 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM155 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Issues in Contemporary Art
VIS19 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Visual Arts Research: Introduction to Drawing
VAR11 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

There are 2 Elective Options in the Level 1 course structure which students can select from additional Fine Art and Visual Culture units or from any OUA undergraduate units.

Complete 1 unit from the following 1 unit Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Art and Creativity
VSW100 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Art in the Age of Revolution
VIS26 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art Visual Research 1
VAR25 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Art Visual Research 2
VAR26 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Art
VIS24 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Modernism in Art and Design
VIS27 Curtin SP1 SP2 - SP4
Art and Fashion
VIS29 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Australian Aboriginal Art
VIS25 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

There are 4 Electives in the Level 2 course structure which students can select from additional Fine Art and Visual Culture units or from any OUA undergraduate units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Art and the Environment
VIS320 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art Visual Research 3
VAR31 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Perspectives on Beauty in Art
VIS330 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art Visual Research 4
VAR32 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

There are 4 Electives in the Level 3 course structure which students can select from additional Fine Art and Visual Culture units or from any OUA undergraduate units.

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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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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  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    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

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

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You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
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The Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and (Visual Culture), Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), and Bachelor of Arts (Visual Culture) have undergone a major change in 2017 that involved revising the Level 1 stream.

The new course structures are for new students commencing in 2017 and current students will follow the old structure.

For further information regarding the changes, you may send your enquiries to soda-ouaenquiries@curtin.edu.au.

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