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The Bachelor of Visual Arts (Specialisation) is one of the University of South Australia's most prestigious undergraduate visual arts qualifications. It provides students with a studio-based education and a choice of eleven arts specialisations, each of which have qualified and experienced practitioners and lecturers, who introduce students to some of the most compelling ideas in contemporary visual arts practice. This education program is also the only one of its kind in South Australia to offer specialised art history and theory training.
Students at all year levels of the Bachelor of Visual Arts enjoy working in modern, well-equipped studios, with access to the University library with the largest collection of art, craft and design resource materials in the state. A program of guest lectures by visiting national and international artists provides students with the opportunity to further broaden their understanding of contemporary arts practice.
The first year of the education program introduces students to a range of visual, applied arts and cultural studies fields, complemented by the following specialisations: ceramics, drawing, glass, jewellery and metal, new media arts, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, visual art history and theory.
During the second and third years, students extend and consolidate their skills and knowledge as they specialise in the studio discipline of their choice. Students also undertake study in a number of electives to complement their specialisation, either from one of the above studio disciplines or from a wider pool of electives offered by the School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Students are also expected to undertake research, exploring both traditional and contemporary art techniques, as well as testing their ideas within contemporary practice. This is done through engagement with the art industry and exhibiting work through Adelaide's varied arts spaces. Students may also choose to gain international experience by participating in UniSA’s study abroad program and undertaking study at an art school overseas.
Honours - This degree provides the undergraduate education for students who seek to pursue the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) degree.
Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Specialisation) at the University of South Australia in Adelaide are:
-proficiency in English, demonstrated by (for non-native English speakers) IELTS scores
-have ONE of the following qualifications:
Qualified for SACE and;
- completed 200 credits of subjects;
- achieved a grade of C- or better in the Personal Learning Plan, 20 credits of literacy; 10 credits of numeracy and the Research Project at Stage 2;
- achieved a grade C- or better in an additional 60 credits at Stage 2; and
- obtained a competitive ATAR;
- completed the equivalent secondary education qualifications as required for University entry under SACE and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
- completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, obtaining a minimum score of 24 points and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
- completed or partly completed a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
- completed at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) courses at the appropriate level and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
- completed an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Certificate IV level or above and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
- qualified for Special Entry and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
- completed the University Foundation Studies program.
Degree & diploma
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Specialisation)
As well as a high level of creativity and artistic ability, visual artists must be highly motivated, disciplined, and committed to studio or theoretical practice. Students are expected to experiment with visual ideas, discuss their work and are encouraged to pursue their own unique vision. Depending on individual career paths, students might choose to develop other professional skills related to their practice. This might include developing a wider understanding of business and management principles within the framework of self-employment and the ability to confidently promote their work through professional practice.
Who will employ me?
Bachelor of Visual Arts graduates may pursue careers as art teachers, photographers, computer artists (such as web page designers), jewellery and glass designers, ceramicists, painters, printmakers, sculptors, textile artists, or art historians. They may also become professionals in theatre, television, video and publishing industries, or pursue careers in galleries and museums as arts administrators or arts directors.
Professional visual arts or craftspersons are essentially self-employed, working from their own or cooperative studios. They market themselves principally through the established gallery system and retail outlets, or they tender for community or publicly funded arts projects.
Tuition & fees
The tuition fee for the Bachelor of Visual Arts is $AU 19,400 per annum in 2012.
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