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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 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 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?

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 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 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.
* 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 within the arts industry or continue onto research studies

Entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

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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.

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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.

2016: $13,200 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

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

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  2. Checked important dates
  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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