Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design degree provides an exciting mix of: studio-based art; graphic design; art and design history and theory; practical and professional experience with exhibitions in art galleries. You will explore the relationships between two-dimensional media areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking and photography, and three and four-dimensional areas such as sculpture, video production and object design, as well as graphic design leading to webpage design and animation. Students can specialise in one of these areas in the third year of the course plus there are opportunities for an internship and acquisition of relevant business skills.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,680
International: $68,160

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW Assumed Knowledge: 2 units of English (any) (Band 3). NSW Recommended Studies: Visual Arts for study in Visual Arts. VIC Assumed Knowledge: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English. VIC Recommended Studies: Visual Arts for study in Visual Arts.


240 credit points. Graduates of this course must have completed at a satisfactory level of performance, a three week (or equivalent) internship at a selected workplace or community organisation.

Subjects you can Study:

Visual arts and design

Further information:

Career paths for this course: Administrator; Art conservation; Art gallery manager; Art theory research assistant; Art therapist; Community Art; Creative director; Curatorships; Events coordinator; Professional artist; Theatre and set designer; Video film maker and editor; Visual merchandiser.


Graduates of this course may be eligible for membership of the following professional bodies: Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA); Australian Print Council; Australian Net Art and Technology (ANET); Australian Sculptors Association; Craft Australia; International Council of Museums (ICOM); International Association of Art (UNESCO) (only available to NAVA members); National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA); Potters Society; Victorian Artists Society (VAS); Victorian Ceramic Group.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 58.8 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 58.8 No Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Full time 3 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Part time 6 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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