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Visual Art Major


Allows students to specialise in practices such as painting, printmaking or textiles, or work across interdisciplinary pathways in a range of activities within visual arts.

The major develops studio and professional skills necessary to work as a practising artist, including exhibiting work and presenting portfolios.




Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)



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Major details

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the critical language and key forms of visual art practice in a regional context and through historic and international exemplars.
  3. Demonstrate originality, innovation, technical competency and reflective practice across a range of visual art mediums.
  4. Initiate professional opportunities through understanding of visual arts industry, development of a professional portfolio, studio skills, a community of peers and student exhibitions

Internship Option

Students may undertake a work placement with an arts organisation, where appropriate activities or projects are available.

Attendance requirements

Students must attend 20 working days with the host organisation. This must be planned as part of their learning agreement and detail days suitable to the organisation and the student. A meeting with the organisation and liaison to determine this plan is part of the requirement.

Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

The student must complete a risk management plan in consultation with the host organisation and provide copies to the organisation and the university coordinator.



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
VIS2530Field and Studio15
VIS2545Artists Books: Materiality of Word and Image15
VIS2601Art in Context15
VIS3120Painting Studio 215
VIS3602Studio and Professional Practice15
Students are also required to complete the following Foundation units for this Major, as part of their course requirements:
VIS1303Introduction to Drawing15
VIS1305Materials and Methods: Approaches to Studio15

Employment Opportunities

Graduates can find employment as curators, artists, designers, exhibition and installation team members and writers about arts, both nationally and internationally. Some continue to develop their research through higher degrees and others do postgraduate study and work as teachers. Graduates might also develop a public profile as an artist and undertake artwork for public and private organisations.

Possible future job titles

Curator, Artist, Arts Writer, Exhibition or Installation Team Member, Multidisciplinary Artist or Designer, Gallery Attendant, Public Artist

This Major can be studied in the following courses


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