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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 code421782
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2015 & 2016 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code056185A
  • 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 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 openstudio 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 print-making, as well as painting and sculpture. This distinctive cross-disciplinary approach to studying art encourages the fluid, selfdirected investigation necessary to most contemporary arts practice.

Why choose this course?

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, LEVEL ARI, Inbetween Spaces and Accidentally Annie Street. 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 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 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 interaction design, event management, entrepreneurship or business to equip you for a range of careers in the creative economy.

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.


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

Your course

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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 in honours and postgraduate research.

Entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

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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.

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Additional entry requirements


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

Closing date

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.

Application checklist

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
  • 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. Interviews will be conducted on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 November 2015: H block, Level 3, Ring Road, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus. Please nominate your preferred date on your application. If you are unable to attend an interview, we will arrange a Skype interview.

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.

2015: $12,700 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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  6. Gathered supporting documents

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