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Visual Arts Major


This is a practice-based visual arts major offering focused investigation across a range of two and three-dimensional studios including drawing, painting, printmaking and installation art.

Through critical theory and potential cross-experimentation with existing studios such as glass, design, fashion, writing, film and video, animation, and photography, students are immersed within visual culture to develop hybrid and traditional approaches to their creative praxis. The major is complemented by a rigorous conceptual focus to enable the student to develop their professional studio practice through a contemporary and historic lens. Students develop the confidence to exhibit publicly and to identify career opportunities in teaching, curating, independent studio practice, and with private and public arts agencies and institutions. The major culminates in a significant public exhibition, which further enhances the emphasis placed on professional practice.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Students must complete eight (8) units totalling 120 credit points:

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
VIS1315Foundation Studio15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
VIS1323Drawing Studio 15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
VIS2140Printmaking Studio 1: Intaglio and Relief15
VIS2120Painting Studio 115
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
VIS3140Printmaking Studio 2: Photographic Processes15
VIS3120Painting Studio 215
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
VIS3151Contemporary Studio 1: Investigation and Development15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
VIS3152Contemporary Studio 2: Installation Art15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. CLOs and mapping completed at course level and can be located in the new Bachelor of Arts proposal.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Graduates can find employment as curators, artists, designers, exhibition and installation team members and writers, both nationally and internationally.

Possible future job titles

Curator, Artist, Arts Writer, Exhibition/Installation Team Member, Multidisciplinary Artist/Designer

This Major can be studied in the following courses

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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