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Visual Arts Major


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

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.



Availability & Campus

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



Students are required to complete the following twelve units (180 credit points):

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
VIS1303Introduction to Drawing15
VIS1305Materials and Methods: Approaches to Studio15
VIS2140Printmaking Studio 1: Intaglio and Relief15
VIS1401Contemporary Art: Exploring Body, Time and Place15
VIS2120Painting Studio 115
VIS2130Spatial Studio15
PHO1125Camera Work and Lighting15
VIS3140Printmaking Studio 2: Photographic Processes15
CCA2150Identity and Culture15
VIS3120Painting Studio 215
VIS3550Project Research and Development15

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. Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts to create works of art.
  2. Communicate knowledge and defensible arguments regarding the interactions between art, society and culture.
  3. Demonstrate broad and deep knowledge of the theories related to artistic practice and the purpose and function of art, as well as aesthetics, technical artistic methods, content and historical context of art.
  4. Demonstrate initiative and judgement through the planning and the application of theoretical and technical artistic knowledge to solve problems and make decisions.
  5. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to identify and solve potential sustainability problems and demonstrate safe work practices.
  6. Reflect on personal and performance practice in order to demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning.
  7. Research, review, analyse and synthesise sensory and spatial considerations in artistic practice to create works of art using a range of materials and techniques.

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

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