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

The first year of the Bachelor of Visual Arts offers a mixture of interdisciplinary subjects that introduces you to various approaches to contemporary art. From the second year, you will undertake study in a selected studio specialisation each semester. In addition to your studio specialisation, you will also complete units of study chosen from a suite of Sydney College of the Arts studio-style electives, the Critical Studies suite, or from the many disciplines offered across other faculties of the University of Sydney.

Further course information

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

At the completion of the Bachelor of Visual Arts you may consider further specialisation through postgraduate coursework at SCA.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offer for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Policy. In addition, admission to this course requires the applicants to present a portfolio of their artwork online, or in an optional interview. The results of this process will form part of the ranking for applicants.

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts you will also need to submit a portfolio of your artwork. You may choose to present your portfolio in one of two ways: in-person at the Information Session and Portfolio Day on Saturday, 7 October 2017 (10am-1pm), or send electronically to SCA by Friday, 17 November 2017. If you submit the portfolio electronically, you will need to include a short statement of between 200 and 250 words addressing one of the more developed projects in your portfolio. Late submissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 Handbooks Online 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 and a short statement of between 200 and 250 words addressing 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 catalogue