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- Explore your artistic practice in an open-studio environment, encouraging self-directed investigation.
- Opportunity to study a cross-disciplinary approach to explore your art practice across a range of media.
- Experience study in both studio practice and art history.
- Prepares you to work as a professional artist, curator, creative director, visual designer or arts manager.
|QTAC course code||421782|
|QUT course code||KK34|
|Course duration||3 years full-time|
|Start month||2013 & 2014 February|
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Brisbane is fast becoming a global hotspot for emergent artists. Visual Arts at QUT can help you find your niche in this burgeoning art scene by supporting you to define and shape your creative identity. Through our unique open-studio environment, you will focus on contemporary art practices without being divided up into separate media-specific areas, such as painting or sculpture, as in traditional art schools. This distinctive cross-disciplinary approach to studying art encourages the fluid, self-directed investigation necessary to most contemporary arts practice.
Why choose this course?
QUT Visual Arts graduates have been at the heart of the explosive growth in artist-run initiatives across Brisbane. Our students have developed some of the most exciting and innovative experimental art spaces in the city. These spaces, like BoxCopy, No Frills*, Inbetween Spaces, and Accidently Annie Street, have active programs involving regular exhibitions, artist talks and publications. In addition, our graduates have also been the recipients of the prestigious Samstag Scholarships, Australia Council and Arts Queensland awards, art prizes such as the Queensland Premier’s New Media Award, the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, as well as the German DAAD scholarship and numerous international studio residencies.
Whether you are planning to become a professional artist, teacher or art professional such as curator or arts manager, you will benefit from substantial studio experience while receiving training in your specialist area. You can combine your studio training with study areas such as interaction design, event management, entrepreneurship or business to equip you for a range of careers in the creative economy.
This course will allow you to choose your career outcome. Many of our graduates become highly successful practising artists who are represented by commercial galleries and have strong careers in the commissioned and public funding sectors.
Graduates also pursue professional careers as curators or arts managers.
With specialist training in a related field, our graduates also take up positions as creative directors, visual designers and a range of other occupations in the creative industries sector.
This course can be followed with a graduate-entry teacher education course, which enables you to become a qualified teacher. Pathways exist to prepare you for further study including honours.
You will focus on beginning to develop your own art practice, working with a variety of media. Staff will help you develop your own interests and ideas. Introductory workshops will be provided in both digital and traditional art-making skills and you will also develop skills in visual analysis. You will be introduced to a wide range of art practices both in the studio and in history/theory classes.
Building on your skills and knowledge from your first year, you will continue to develop your art practice using a range of media and your knowledge of contemporary art. Your skills in visual and textual analysis will develop, as will your understanding of national and international art. You will contextualise your art practice through presentations, discussions and supported practical experience in display and exhibition. If you want to become a teacher or art professional, you will begin undertaking specific vocational training towards your career goal.
In your final year, you will continue to consolidate your art practice and build your understanding of its place in the Australian and international context. For those intending to become practising artists, the year will culminate in a public group exhibition. Your final year of study will allow for specialisation, helping you enter the real world of the arts industry or prepare you for further study in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Senior Years), or in honours and postgraduate research.
Minimum academic requirements
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Minimum English language requirements
Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.
|IELTS (International English Language Testing System)|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)|
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We offer courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.
When you apply for this course, we'll recommend which English course you should enrol in.
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You can complete an IELTS test at our Kelvin Grove campus.
Additional entry requirements
Successful portfolio and interview
Minimum completion of schooling comparable to Australian year 12
There are no closing dates for international applicants. We encourage you to apply as soon as you decide on the course you wish to study, to help you with visa requirements.
Additional Entry Requirements
Please send the following documents along with your F Form to QUT. You may post or e-mail your application.
- All documents requested on the F form
- Current passport sized photograph
Please send copies only – documents will not be returned.
What should I include in my portfolio?
Maximum of 20 images that best demonstrate current art achievements, working processes, commitment and potential.
It may contain photographs, slides, photocopies of sketches and journal pages, printed digital images and/or short video excerpts (no more than 2 minutes each).
Responses to a series of four questions about your interest in visual art. Your responses to these questions are important - please answer them as specifically, carefully and informatively as possible:
1. What attracts you to a course of study in Visual Arts?
2. Describe briefly what contact you have had with works of other artists (exhibitions, galleries you have visited, books/articles/reviews you have read, etc).
3. Summarise the types of visual arts activities in which you have participated (for example group exhibitions, solo exhibitions, commissions, awards, membership of art associations etc).
4. Describe aspects of art that you respond to, both positively and negatively.
What qualities are QUT Creative Industries looking for?
- Overall, we seek indications of your ability to think creatively, to be open to new ideas and challenges, and of your potential to succeed in the course.
- We look for evidence of versatility, skill, enterprise, inventiveness and knowledge of contemporary art and culture/s. We are also looking for candidates who bring a wide range of interests and enthusiasms to their study area (e.g. film, literature, music, digital culture, etc.).
- We look at your artistic achievement - the level of investigation and familiarity with particular media, the degree of sophistication and sensitivity in handling media, evidence of industry, hard work, sustained practice and familiarity with visual media.
- We look for the degree of exploration of ideas and evidence of the development of ideas. Some carefully selected key documentation of preliminary plans, working sketches, journals and work in progress help us in this regard.
- We also look for evidence of artwork that is totally self-initiated (i.e. not necessarily part of a set study program) and an indication that you are determined to pursue art interests in a range of circumstances.
Interview Locations and Dates
If shortlisted, you will be contacted and interviewed during November 2012 at the QUT Kelvin Grove Campus. If you are unable to attend an interview in person, a telephone interview will be scheduled.
Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.
2014: $12,300 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
2013: $11,800 (indicative) per Semester (subject to annual review)
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
These scholarships are available for this course:
How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)
You're ready to apply if you have:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
- Checked important dates
- Semester 1
201318 January Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 3, 4 and 5 applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.8 February Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 1 and 2 applicants and onshore applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.
- Semester 2
20137 June Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 3, 4 and 5 applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.5 July Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 1 and 2 applicants and onshore applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements
- Checked costs and scholarships
- Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
- Gathered supporting documents
All done? Then you're ready to apply.