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Overview

Course information set

  • 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 code421782
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2019 February
Note: 5pm Friday 14 September 2018: QTAC applications, I forms, change of major/second major/minor request forms and the QUT online registration form close.
Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Faculty
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 056185A
Careers
  • Art Project Manager
  • Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Curator
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Visual Artist
  • Visual Arts Teacher

Details

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.

Why choose this course?

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.

QUT visual arts graduates are at the heart of innovative artist-run galleries across Brisbane. 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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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 research.

* Entry to graduate-entry teacher education courses usually requires that you have studied a range of units in a different subject area to the main focus of your degree. This forms the basis of your second teaching area. Check the entry requirements for specific teaching courses at www.qut.edu.au/study

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Visual Arts major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). The Situated Creative Practice Extension comprises KYB301 Situated Creative Practice 1; plus 24 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Options list (a maximum of one elective can be chosen from this list).
Year 1
  • work with a variety of media and develop your own interests, ideas and art practice
  • attend workshops for digital and traditional art-making skills
  • develop skills in visual analysis
  • discover the wide range of art practices both in the studio and in history/theory classes
Year 2
  • further your skills in art practice using a range of media
  • build on contemporary art studies
  • develop skills in visual and textual analysis
  • learn about national and international art
  • learn to contextualise your art practice through presentations, discussions and supported practical experience in display and exhibition
  • choose specific vocational training for a career as a teacher or art professional
Year 3
  • consolidate your art practice and your understanding of its place nationally and internationally
  • culminate your studies and practice in a public group exhibition
  • specialise for your chosen arts industry role, prepare for a graduate teaching course or continue on to research studies

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Course information set

Prerequisites

Successful portfolio and interview

Key dates

Thursday 2 August 2018: QTAC applications, I Forms, CM Forms and the QUT Online Registration Form open.

5pm Friday 14 September 2018: QTAC applications, I Forms, CM Forms and the QUT Online Registration Form close*. Requests for applications and registrations after this date will not be considered.

*Applications must be finalised and submitted by 5pm Friday 14 September 2018. Please ensure you allow adequate time to complete each stage of your application before application closing time.

How to Apply – Domestic Applicants

To successfully apply for entry into this course you are required to complete the steps below.

Step 1:  Apply through QTAC. Current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students changing course or major must instead submit an I Form or CM Form as appropriate.

Step 2:  Complete the QUT Online Registration Form. You must have a valid QTAC number or current QUT student ID number to complete this step. This step includes the requirement to pay the non-refundable $70 application service fee via QUTPay. Applicants seeking admission assistance via QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme and/or QUT’s Oodgeroo Centralised Assessment Selection Program are exempt from the fee. Your application is complete once you reach the confirmation notice screen and receive your confirmation email.

Step 3a: Attend your nominated interview and bring your portfolio and supporting documents with you; or

Step 3b: Applicants unable to attend an interview can select a phone/Skype interview time as part of the QUT Online Registration Form process and email their portfolio and supporting documents to ci@qut.edu.au by 5pm Friday 21 September 2018.

Supporting document checklist

  • Printed QUT Online Registration Form confirmation notice or email
  • Printed CV, no more than 2 pages outlining both formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of Visual Arts
  • Portfolio

Portfolio and interview preparation

Visual Arts portfolio and interview preparation

Interview location and dates

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an interview as below. Interview times are selected as part of the QUT Online Registration Form process. The time and date of your interview cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances.

If you do not undertake your interview in person or via phone/skype you cannot be considered for a place in the course.

Brisbane: Monday 24 or Tuesday 25 September 2018

Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, cnr of Kelvin Grove Rd & Musk Avenue, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Phone/Skype: Wednesday 26 September 2018

Portfolio and interview feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, the selection panel is unable to provide feedback to applicants.

Contacts

Please contact the Creative Industries Faculty by:

Phone: +61 7 3138 8114

Email: ci@qut.edu.au

 

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.

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How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

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  2. Checked important dates.
  3. See the Entry requirements tab for due dates for submitting additional entry requirements.

  4. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  5. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course 421782 because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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