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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
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2017 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code 056185A
  • Art Project Manager
  • Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Curator
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Visual Artist
  • Visual Arts Teacher

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Brisbane is fast becoming a global hotspot for emerging 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. You can 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 to studying art encourages the fluid, self-directed investigation necessary to most contemporary 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, studying visual arts at QUT gives students 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

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, 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 honours.

* 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


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

Your course

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

Minimum academic requirements

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall 6.5

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

Additional entry requirements


  • Successful portfolio and interview; and
  • Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or comparable qualification

Application checklist

Please send the following documents along with your F Form to QUT. Applications submitted after November 30 in any given year may not be assessed in time for commencement of study in Semester 1 of the following year. You may post or e-mail your application.

  • F Form; and
  • Portfolio of your work

Visual arts portfolio and interview preparation

Portfolio requirements are available here.

Interview locations and dates

International applicants are encouraged to attend an interview as outlined below. Please nominate your preferred date on your application. Applicants who are unable to attend an interview will be scheduled a phone/Skype interview.


Interviews will be conducted on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 September 2016  at Z13, Creative Industries Precinct 3, cnr Musk Avenue and Kelvin Grove Road, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus. Please nominate your preferred date on your application.


Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2017: $26700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2016: $13,200 per Study Period (48 credit points) (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:

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

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  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked costs and scholarships
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

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