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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)

Gain substantial experience across media including video, photography, installation, printmaking, painting, drawing and sculpture, with the option to pursue additional study areas.
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Campus
Kelvin Grove
Campus
Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
3 years full-time
Entry
February
February
QTAC code
421782
CRICOS
056185A

Highlights

  • 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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Why choose this course?

The digital world is a visual world. Today’s communication channels connect to audiences with all forms of visual
expression, static and moving, traditional and experimental. In these evolving ways artists who can express themselves can forge a future career that is always pushing forward, always exploring the new. A QUT visual arts degree offers you the opportunity to get a broad experience of the contemporary art world.
 
Visual arts at QUT can help you find your niche in the burgeoning local art scene and beyond, 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 into separate media-specific areas, such as painting or sculpture, as in traditional art schools. Practise art across a range of media including video, photography, installation, performance and printmaking, as well as painting and sculpture. This distinctive cross-disciplinary approach encourages fluid, self-directed investigation, crucial to your arts practice.
 
You can combine your studio training with study areas such as interactive and visual design, event management, entrepreneurship or business to equip you for a range of creative careers.

Real-world learning

Studying visual arts at QUT offers a range of advantages including a flexible degree structure, a unique experimental studio environment and a rigorous program of art history/theory subjects. With opportunities to work on industry-based projects and international tours, you’ll get a broad experience of the contemporary art world.

With our unique open-studio environment, you can practise art across a range of media including video, photography, installation and performance, as well as printmaking, painting, drawing and sculpture.

You will benefit from substantial studio experience and training in your specialist area, with the option to pursue study areas such as graphic design, CGI, event management, entrepreneurship or business to equip you for a range of creative careers. Previous students have received prestigious Samstag Scholarships, Australia Council and Arts Queensland awards, art prizes such as the Queensland Premier’s New Media Award and the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, as well as the German DAAD scholarship and numerous international studio residencies.

What to expect

Your studies will begin with you working with a variety of media and developing your own interests, ideas and art practice, and skills in visual analysis. You also study art history and theory units to support your studio practice and are introduced to modern, post-modern, and contemporary art. As you progress you will learn to contextualise your art practice through presentations, discussions and supported practical experience in display and exhibition. Later in your degree there are industry-based projects and international tours on offer to allow you to explore the creative avenues that will let you develop as an artist.

Real-world facilities

Our open studio program focuses on interdisciplinary contemporary art practice combining experimental 2D, 3D, digital, spatial, and performance skills.  Whether you are planning to become a professional artist, teacher or art professional such as an exhibition curator or arts manager, you will benefit from substantial studio experience while receiving training in your specialist area.
 

Double degrees

  • A double degree with business will broaden your skill set and make you stand out to employers, or give you the abilities to start your own creative enterprise.
  • If you are looking to apply your creative abilities to education settings or the teaching profession you have some options. You can complete your visual arts degree first and then follow with a Master of Teaching in early childhood, primary or secondary education.* Or you can now undertake a double degree in secondary education at the same time as your visual arts degree.

*Check entry requirements for the Master of Teaching for specific teaching areas.

Career outcomes

Career outcomes

Many of our graduates become highly successful practising artists, represented by commercial galleries, and with strong careers in the commissioned and public funding sectors.

We provide grounding in art history and theory that equips you to communicate with clients, curators and employers. Graduates also pursue professional careers as curators, program officers or arts managers and are often employed by prestigious galleries and museums both in Australia and internationally.

QUT visual arts graduates are at the heart of innovative artist-run galleries across Brisbane.  We foster a strong sense of community and entrepreneurialism.  Our students have developed exciting experimental art spaces such as Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space and LEVEL ARI, and 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 and the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, as well as the German DAAD scholarship and numerous international studio residencies.

Possible careers

  • Art Project Manager
  • Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Curator
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Visual Artist
  • Visual Arts Teacher