Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education via OUA

  • 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.

Higher Education

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)

Secondary Education

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

VET Studies

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or 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.

Work and Life

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
  • Finished secondary education more than two years ago
  • Bridging and enabling course entry
  • 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.

Additional Information

English Proficiency Requirements

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 or 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.

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).

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 degrees 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 degrees are delivered fully online.

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 degree aims to produce highly accomplished and knowledgeable graduates able to contribute to the artistic, aesthetic and social needs of contemporary society.

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.

Please Note: Students who have previously completed SSK12 pre SP2, 2016 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.

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 degree 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.

2018 Changes

The Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and (Visual Culture) has undergone a major change in 2018.

VIS24 Australian Art and VIS25 Australian Aboriginal Art include content that provides students with relevant learning in Australian and Aboriginal art history. This change of course structure ensures that students will select at least one unit that provides them with Australian Aboriginal art content, therefore meeting Curtin’s Graduate attributes. VIS26 Art in the Age of Revolution had been allocated as an alternate core option alongside VIS27 and VIS29.

Students will not be disadvantaged if they have not completed VIS24 or VIS25 and will be credited if they have completed VIS26 or any other level 2 VIS unit prior to 2018.

2017 Changes

The Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and (Visual Culture) has 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

Recommended Study Pattern

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

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

Level 1 BA (Fine Art) and (Visual Culture) - complete the following:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communication (core subject)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (core subject)
  • VAR100 Art and Design Fundamentals (core subject)
  • VIS18 Introduction to History of Art and Design (core subject)
  • VSW13 Fine Art Studio Materials (Fine Art major subject)
  • VSW14 Fine Art Studio Methods (Fine Art major subject)
  • VAR11 Visual Arts Research: Introduction to Drawing (Visual Culture major subject)
  • VIS19 Issues in Contemporary Art (Visual Culture major subject)

Level 2 and level 3
Single Major BA (Fine Art)
Complete four level two and four level three Fine Art major subjects

AND

Single Major BA (Visual Culture)
Complete four level two and four level three Visual Culture major subjects

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

Refer to the attached recommended Course Structure (PDF, 123KB)

Award Requirements

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

BA (Fine Art) and BA (Visual Culture)

Students completing both the Fine Art and Visual Culture Majors concurrently must complete all common and major subjects for each single major.

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

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 subjects where Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is applicable.

Choose your subjects

Majors

Fine Art and Visual Culture

In addition to the four Humanities units in Level 1 students studying the combined single majors BA (Fine Art) and (Visual Culture) must complete ten Fine Art major units and ten Visual Culture major units as listed below

Fine Art major units
Level one: complete VSW13 and VSW14
Level two: select 4 units from Painting OR Sculpture as follows:

VSW21 Painting OR VSW25 Sculpture
VSW22 Painting OR VSW26 Sculpture
VSW23 Painting OR VSW27 Sculpture
VSW24 Painting OR VSW28 Sculpture

Level three: complete VSW31, VSW32, VSW33 and VSW34 in sequential order

Visual Culture major units
Level one: complete VAR11 and VIS19
Level two: complete VAR25, VAR26
                   select one from the following VIS24, VIS25
                   select one from the following VIS26, VIS27, VIS29
Level three: complete VAR31, VAR32, VIS320 and VIS330 

Electives

There are no elective options for students completing the combined Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and Bachelor of Arts (Visual Culture).

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.

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