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2124

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Managing facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBVMA
CRICOS code065536G
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/2124
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9902 6261, email gippsland@artdes.monash.edu.au or visit http://www.artdes.monash.edu.au.

Course coordinator

Mr Rodney Forbes

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only

Description

The course* offers a broad education in the visual arts. Graduates may practise professionally in one or more art media, or may become involved in art gallery activities, cultural programs, art education, or a range of art and design industry activities.

The visual arts are concerned with the range of activities of the fine arts and design, as well as painting, printmedia and sculpture in addition to the theoretical and cultural aspects of art and design. The course comprises a choice of major disciplines in art, together with complementary studies, and a choice of elective units which, taken together, enable students to form individual study programs.

After successfully completing this course students may extend studies in their chosen major discipline at fourth year/honours level and undertake studies in the research methods of the visual arts.

* This course was formerly titled Bachelor of Visual Arts (and offered at Gippsland). Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts (at Gippsland) should observe the requirements of the Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts and consult the Handbook edition appropriate to their year level of commencement- archived Handbooks are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks

Outcomes

The objectives of this course are to educate graduates who have a knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of the visual arts. Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts, graduates will have an array of concepts and skills pertinent to visual and media arts practices.

They will have the:

  • capacity to critically assess and contribute to contemporary discourse in visual and media arts
  • ability to evolve their own aims, interests and vision, to be expressed through their studio work whilst working independently
  • ability to apply knowledge, understanding and imagination in aesthetics, history, theory and cultural studies in an independent manner.

Structure

The degree structure is given depth by a sequence of units which form a major study taken over three years. It is given breadth by complementary and other units in studio and theory from which individual study programs can be formed.

(a.) First-year study program

The first year of the course has a common structure for all students that provides a sound introduction to both theory and practice in the context of the visual arts and assists the student to make an informed choice of a major study. Elective units are chosen after consultation with the studio coordinator. An example first semester is as follows:

  • introductory visual arts studio
  • drawing
  • theory of art and design
  • digital media or elective.

(b.) Second and third year study program

In consultation with the course coordinator, students undertake the major study area, together with supporting units. The typical semester pattern consists of:

  • major study: visual arts (12 points) or digital media (12 points)
  • complementary studies: theory of art and design
  • electives.

(c.) Major study (second and third years)

Students must complete 48 points in the chosen major study at year two and year three levels. Added to the 12 points obtained in year one, this provides a core major of 60 points:

  • visual arts studio
  • digital media.

(d.) Elective units

Elective units are selected by students in consultation with the course coordinator. They will generally be taken from those within the Faculty of Art and Design. However, units elsewhere in the University are also available.

(e.) Professional practice

All students take one professional practice unit at third-year level.

(f.) Occupational health and safety (0 points)

A compulsory health and safety unit which deals with issues relevant to art and design.

Requirements

All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

First year (48 points)

First semester

  • DIS1103 Digital process for art and design 1 or elective
  • DWG1201 Drawing 1B (fine art/visual arts)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual language
  • VIS1111 Visual arts studio 1

Second semester

Second year (48 points)

First semester

  • VIS2103 Visual arts studio 3 (12 points), or DIS2909 Electronic design and DIS2906 Design for multimedia
  • complementary study: theory of art and design
  • elective

Second semester

  • VIS2104 Visual arts studio 4 (12 points), or DIS2105 Digital imaging and DIS2601 Digital audio/video
  • complementary study: theory of art and design
  • elective

Third year (48 points)

First semester

  • VIS3105 Visual arts studio 5 (12 points) or DIS3010 Digital media studio A (12 points)
  • complementary study: theory of art and design
  • elective

Second semester

  • PPR3202 Professional practice B
  • VIS3106 Visual arts studio 6 (12 points) or DIS3020 Digital media studio B (12 points)
  • complementary study: theory of art and design

Award(s)

Bachelor of Visual Arts
Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts

The actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, the timing of study, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.