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The Visual Art specialisation in the Bachelor of Fine Arts offers an immersive, studio-based environment that fosters self-directed studio practice in the areas of drawing and print media, painting, photography, or sculpture and spatial practice.

The program creates an environment that fosters the advancement of practice and theory in the visual arts. From the outset, you are expected to develop studio projects that require investigation and experimentation with a range of concepts, materials, techniques and processes. Your studies will culminate in a resolved body of artwork for inclusion in the Graduate Exhibition at the conclusion of the degree.

The VCA’s School of Art provides studio and workshop facilities that offer you the opportunity to explore both traditional and new media under the guidance of some of Australia’s most respected art educators and artists.

Selection into this specialisation is talent-based and includes an interview and folio. See details.


  • Visual artist
  • Art adviser
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Designer
  • Specialist artisan
  • Visual art industry expert
  • Visual art teacher

Subjects you could take in this major

  • At the time of selection the written outline of the proposed major project is submitted. This provides the framework for developing the lines of inquiry taken by the student. Through the course of independent research students undertake their year-long project under the guidance of their individual supervisor for presentation at the end of the academic year.

  • A weekly seminar that begins to introduce and examine the relationship between research and practice within the context of practice led research. This seminar acquaints students with a range of research methods and research paradigms, key issues and practical skills relevant to the creative arts. It assists students in refining their research question/proposal and developing a research methodology appropriate to their discipline and project. In the seminar research skills, techniques and methodologies are demonstrated both by instruction and example.

  • The research paper should identify and critically reflect on an issue pervasively presented as relevant to the candidate's major project. The key task is that the research paper demonstrates the candidate comprehends their situation as an artist within a field of comparable activity. It should demonstrate a capacity for critical investigation and discrimination and address context as well as identify pertinent thematic technical, stylistic and formal issues. Students are expected to present aspects of their research to their peers and produce a 5,000 - 7,000 word research paper for examination at the completion of the year.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts

Clearly-in Rank 2016
Range of criteria used for selection Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2016. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne entry

Access Melbourne allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. i

Minimum ATAR 2016
NA Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL.

Selection into the Bachelor of Fine Arts is talent-based. The selection process for each specialisation may include: Animation: test, interview and folio; Contemporary Music: audition, personal statement and folio; Dance: audition and interview; Film and Television: test and interview; Music Theatre: audition; Production: written support material, interview and group workshop; Screenwriting: test and interview; Theatre Practice: audition, interview and workshop; Visual Art: interview and folio.

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