Bachelor of Visual Arts

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) is a hands-on degree focused on developing the conceptual, theoretical and technical skills you need to succeed as a practising artist or in a range of careers in the creative industries.

Bachelor of Advanced Studies
You can also choose to combine your Bachelor of Visual Arts degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. In the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

The BVA is available in a number of studio specialisations. You will be encouraged to work across disciplinary boundaries in order to realise your ideas, while also given a thorough grounding in the skills and history of your chosen studio specialisation.

You will be taught by practising artists, writers, and curators, and benefit from their extensive professional experience and arts industry networks. A strong theory and history component hones your research and critical skills so you can develop your creative projects to their full potential. You can diversify your studies through a wide range of electives in contemporary art or in the many disciplines offered across other faculties of the University of Sydney, transforming the degree to suit your interests. Your studies will be supported by appropriate technical facilities, workshops and digital laboratories.

The BVA can be taken as a three-year full-time course, or a six-year part-time course. Our flexible course structure allows you to build a course in contemporary art that is adapted to your personal strengths and aspirations.

Why study with us?

1. You will be taught by practicing artists, writers, and curators, and benefit from their extensive professional experience and arts industry networks

2. Choose from a wide range of electives in contemporary art or in the many disciplines offered across other faculties of the University

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

First year is a mixture of interdisciplinary subjects that introduce you to the various definitions and notions that constitute contemporary art. From second year you undertake a 12-credit point unit of study in a selected specialisation each semester. In addition to your studio specialisation, you select and complete 6-credit point units of study from the critical studies and elective suite, which may, optionally, include a major or a minor.

Majors

Further course information

Progression rules

All units of study prerequisites must be met for progression.

What is an elective?

An elective is an optional unit of study within a degree. Electives in the Bachelor of Visual Arts enable you to further tailor your study to your desired outcomes. You can select electives from Sydney College of the Arts or from other faculties within the University.

Course opportunities

Sydney College of the Arts students have the opportunity to study at a number of leading art and design institutions around the world through our International student exchange program.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Advertising creative
Animator
Artist
Arts writer
Curator
Digital artist
Educator (with further tertiary qualifications)
Filmmaker
Product designer
Painter
Exhibition designer
Illustrator
Sound artist
Web & multimedia designer

Further study

In addition to the Bachelor of Visual Arts students have the opportunity to further their studies and transfer into the Bachelor of Visual Arts/ Bachelor of Advanced Studies combined degree. Eligible students may be admitted to honours in the Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies or consider further specialisation through postgraduate coursework at SCA. Honours graduates are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research .

About honours

An honours year in Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts provides you with the opportunity to establish a research practice through the development of a visual art project.

You can nominate to study by either studio practice and research paper or by dissertation. You are expected to have developed a focus and direction in your work and be prepared for working in a tutorial environment with a supervisor.

The Honours in Visual Arts equips you for entry into professional practice or entry into the Master of Fine Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Other study options

Students from other faculties and universities can choose any undergraduate elective units of study.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts is based on the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent. To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts you will also need to submit a portfolio of your artwork.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Visual Arts and Design and Technology is recommended

Ancillary expenses

Ancillary expenses are some of the additional costs associated with your degree to ensure you have access to the best and most affordable materials during your studies.

• As a first-year student, you will be required to pay $250 to cover materials used in studio project assignments. This ancillary expense also includes 1-year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Other required materials are your responsibility.
• In second and third year, you need to provide your own materials and basic tools, which include personal protective equipment (PPE).
• If you are enrolling in an elective, you might be required to pay an extra fee or purchase additional materials.
• In your final year, you will be required to make a contribution towards the cost of the Degree Show exhibition and catalogue.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Further admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts you will also need to submit a portfolio of your artwork. The portfolio must be received by Sydney College of the Arts by Friday 17 November 2017. Late submissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

When submitting a portfolio, you will need to include a short statement of between 200 and 250 words describing one of the more developed projects in your portfolio.

Ancillary expenses for international students

Ancillary expenses are some of the additional costs associated with your degree to ensure you have access to the best and most affordable materials during your studies.

• As a first-year student, you will be required to pay $250 to cover materials used in studio project assignments. This ancillary expense also includes 1-year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Other required materials are your responsibility.
• In second and third year, you need to provide your own materials and basic tools, which include personal protective equipment (PPE).
• If you are enrolling in an elective, you might be required to pay an extra fee or purchase additional materials.
• In your final year, you will be required to make a contribution towards the cost of the Degree Show exhibition and catalogu

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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