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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 full-time or part-time equivalent
(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 course 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.

Units in contemporary studio art practice are contextualised through a comprehensive historical and theoretical foundation. You will develop skills in:
•    painting
•    drawing
•    ceramics
•    3D and installation
•    printmaking
•    media technologies. 

You will also gain skills in exhibition planning and management through campus galleries.

Our Bachelor of Visual Arts is developed in consultation with local industry and community leaders to provide students with real-world, practical learning opportunities and skills. 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, and Ballarat Heritage Festival and we collaborate with regional organisations such as the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

The Bachelor of Visual Arts was part of the recent Federation University Australia Co-operative Model pilot. Federation Co-op gets students work and world ready, through direct connection to employers, placements, career preparation and workplace skill development. 

We are planning to deliver the Bachelor of Visual Arts as a Co-op course in the near future. Visual Arts students will gain new work experience opportunities in art-related industries. We are working with creative art industries, students, and alumni to co-design, co-develop and co-deliver a comprehensive set of structured, assessed Co-operative Experiential Learning activities and industry-based projects. 

Our Co-op placements are a specific form of Co-operative Experiential Learning that is unique to Federation University. Placements may be at industry-leading art galleries, arts organisations, schools, and community organisations. Students will also participate in industry-based projects through our relationships with these creative industries. 

These opportunities under the co-operative education model develop transferable skills for various roles in the arts industry that are applicable to other fields. Critical thinking, leadership, digital literacy, and entrepreneurship are all crucial skills in today’s fast-paced workplaces. 

Students can choose from a range of electives across disciplines including:
•    Writing
•    Indigenous Studies
•    Entrepreneurship
•    Behavioural Studies
•    Media and Screen Studies
•    Education and Web Project Development.

Federation University will ensure our Bachelor of Visual Arts graduates are not only ready to step into their future careers with confidence and experience but are creatively motivated individuals with the skills to succeed. Many of our graduates have become successful national and international artists including David Noonan, Kim Anderson and Graeme Drendel. Other graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers as art 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 course structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

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
Elective (1)

Semester 2

VACAP2002, 15 credit points
VASAP2014, 15 credit points
VCHAT2004, 15 credit points
VCHAT2005, 15 credit points

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

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

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.

English language requirement

Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall with no bands less than 6.0

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

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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

Pathways to this course: Students who have completed a relevant Diploma of Visual Arts or Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts may be eligible for course credit of up to 50% depending on units successfully completed.

Pathways from this course:
Bachelor of Arts (Creative Arts) (Honours)

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

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 courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, 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 - Dimitrios Pasakos
Gippsland - Churchill - Julie Reed Henderson