Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education via OUA

  • 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.

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.

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.

Students may choose to study the following combinations of two single majors to obtain the double major award:

  • Fine Art and Visual Culture
  • Digital Design and Visual Culture
  • Internet Communication and Visual Culture
  • Professional Writing & Publishing and Visual Culture

Please refer to the respective degree pages for more details.

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.

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 (Visual Culture) have 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 (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

Recommended Study Pattern

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

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

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

Level 2 and level 3

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

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 subjects 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 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 (Visual Culture) students must complete a total of 24 subjects as follows:

BA (Visual Culture)

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

The following criteria also apply to single major degrees:

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

Choose your subjects

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.

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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