Bachelor of Visual Arts

Build your career as a professional visual artist in the creative and supportive community of the Arts Academy in Ballarat.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Ballarat - Camp St
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Camp St
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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3 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Selection is based on successful interview and folio presentation as well as completing a year 12 qualification (VCE/interstate or overseas equivalent), as well as meeting the prerequisite study requirements.

Our Bachelor of Visual Arts program has been reimagined in response to the evolving contemporary art landscape, with a focus on collaboration and self-initiated creative practice. We foster a cohesive creative community that will support you during your degree and after you graduate.

Courses in contemporary studio art practice are contextualised through a comprehensive historical and theoretical foundation. You will develop skills in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and installation, printmaking, and media technologies.  You will also gain skills in virtual and physical exhibition planning and management through our online and campus galleries.

Learn from internationally renowned practicing artists including Jill Orr, guest-speakers, and artists in residence while you immerse yourself in creative arts projects with local arts and community organisations. Our calendar is aligned with events such as the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Ballarat Heritage Festival and regional organisations such as the Art Gallery of Ballarat, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Latrobe Regional Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery.

A range of electives across disciplines is available to complement your visual arts studies. With an expanded skillset, you expand your employment options in the arts sector and beyond. Electives include Arts Writing, Indigenous Studies, Entrepreneurship, Behavioural Studies, Media and Screen Studies, Education and Web Project Development.

You will be prepared for a professional career in the arts through our internship program. Placements are available in art galleries, arts organisations, schools, and community organisations.

Many of our graduates including David Noonan, Kim Anderson and Archibald Prize winner Marcus Wills enjoy successful careers as internationally renowned artists, curators, gallery directors and arts administrators.

  • Artist
  • Curator
  • Arts and cultural planner
  • Arts administrator
  • Artistic consultant
  • Art Event Manager
  • Art critic
  • Community arts advisor
  • Potter/ceramist
  • Printmaker
  • Digital media artist
  • Photographer
  • Screen printer
  • Illustrator
  • Painter
  • Jewellery designer/maker
  • Sculptor
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Animator
  • Textile designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Cultural development officer
  • Gallery assistant
  • Fashion designer
  • Fine artist
  • Photojournalist
  • Arts writer
  • Arts educator

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Study period 1

VACAP1011, 15 credit points
VASAP1001, 15 credit points
VCHAT1011, 15 credit points
Elective (1)

Semester 2

VACAP1012, 15 credit points
VASAP1002, 15 credit points
Elective (1)

Year 2

Semester 1

VACAP2001, 15 credit points
VASAP2013, 15 credit points
VCHAT2005, 15 credit points

Semester 2

VACAP2002, 15 credit points
VASAP2014, 15 credit points
VCHAT2004, 15 credit points
Elective (1)

Year 3

Semester 1

VAPAP3005, 15 credit points
VASAP3015, 15 credit points
3rd Year Elective (1)

Elective (1)

Semester 2

VACAP3003, 15 credit points
VASAP3016, 30 credit points
VCHAT3006, 15 credit points

Arts Internship (VACAP3001) is a new course included in this program in line with FedUni’s focus on employability which offers students the opportunity to pursue an internship (15cp) course in local galleries / schools / community organisations. This is an optional course

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.

Satisfactory completion of a Year 12
Compulsory:  Selection is based on successful interview and folio presentation as well as completing a year 12 qualification (VCE/ interstate or overseas equivalent), as well as meeting the prerequisite study requirements.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study:

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations. Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).

Admission criteria for applicants with a Vocation Education and Training:

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations. Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

Admission criteria for applicants with a Work/Life Experience:

Minimum requirements: Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies may not be eligible for entry into this program.  Entry will be based on successful interview and folio presentation.

Extra Requirements

Essential requirements for selection and application

Supplementary: Folio and Interview (All Applicants – domestic and international):

Supplementary form: Applicants must complete and submit a supplementary application form to secure an interview.   The online form can be accessed from here.

Folio and folio presentation: 

Compulosry: The selection process includes an interview and folio presentation.  Your folio work should be representative of your creative ideas and abilities.  Qualities of importance are originality, innovation, imagination, experimentation and competence in the basic skills associated with visual arts.  Please include evidence of your drawing skills in your folio, along with any journals of relevant material.  Read more about preparing your folio  or consider attending our  folio preparation workshop.


Compulsory: Applicants must attend an interview of approximately 10 to 15 minutes.  Please check the Arts Academy webpage for dates and locations.   

In the interview, you are asked to present a comprehensive folio of your work in a variety of media. The selection panel is interested to hear about your motivations for studying in your chosen field, and see a range of creative work that demonstrates your ability to explore ideas in depth.  Read more about the interview.     

Folio preparation workshop

Our full day workshop is designed for all prospective art and design students.  It aims to help you to plan and develop a quality folio of artwork to present at your interview for entry into a tertiary visual arts or design program.  

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700210861 (Camp St)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: QM5

CRICOS code: 106032M

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,301 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Arts Academy

Course coordinator

Ballarat - Camp St - Chrissy Smith
Gippsland - Churchill - Julie Reed Henderson