Unit Set Information

Visual Art Major

Effective from 01-JAN-2017 : Code MABUTH

This 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 also develops studio and professional skills necessary to work as a practising artist, including exhibiting work and presenting portfolios. A minor in Graphic Design is available to support this major, and some opportunities for curatorial placements are available.


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This Major can be studied in the following courses:

Mode of Delivery

On Campus at South West (Bunbury)

Internship Option

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

Duty of care

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

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.

Enrolment process

Students must seek approval from the program coordinator and enrol in RPS3106 Professional Placement as an elective unit in their course. A suitable host organisation must be available and willing to host the student prior to enrolment and approval.

Learning Outcomes

Related Careers

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

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.

Major Structure

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

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.