2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Visual Arts and Design Major | 2020

UAC Code: 754607 

This major is available for students studying the Bachelor of Creative Arts.

A major study in Visual Arts and Design is suitable for students who wish to combine study in the fields of Visual Arts and Design. 

The first year provides a strong foundation in visual and design concepts. In second year, the Visual Arts component is based on studio practice and related theory and history studies. The studio processes cover textiles, painting and sculpture - with support studies in drawing, printmaking, photography, video, installation and digital image making. In the Design component students are introduced to a range of design techniques and practices across a number of conceptual, social and industry contexts including visual communication design, innovations in design practice and sustainability and ethics. Student work is shown throughout the year in gallery spaces in the Faculty. The final year culminates in a major project that allows students to develop a significant work in their chosen field. This work is included as part of the Graduate Show, a public exhibition of work held in the Faculty.

Subjects Required for Major Study

Students studying the BCA: Visual Arts and Design Major will complete the core subjects for the BCA and at least 96 credit points as outlined below:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
CAVA105 Visual Arts & Design Foundation 1 12
CAVA106 Visual Arts & Design Foundation 2 12
CAVA107100 Objects That Changed the World 6
VCD 101 Introduction to Visual Communication Design 6
VCD 102 Interaction Design Fundamentals 6
CAVA201 Visual Arts Studio 1 6
CAVA203 Visual Arts Studio 3 6
CAVA204 Multiple Modernisms 6
VCD 201 Typography 6
VCD 203 Social Impact Design 6
CAVA300The Future of Art and Design 6
CAVA301 Visual Arts Workshop 6
CAVA390 Visual Arts and Photography Major Project (Capstone) 12

NOTE: Students in the Bachelor of Creative Arts/Bachelor of Communication and Media double degree (course code 1795) cannot take the 'Visual Arts and Design' major with the 'Visual Communication Design’ major.

Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject.

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Minor Study

As part of the BCA, students are encouraged to complete a minor as outlined on the BCA Course Handbook page.

Students interested in Graphic Design are strongly recommended to enrol in VAD 190, and VAD 192 as electives in their BCA, or to complete the Graphic Design Minor.

Minors appear on the transcript (i.e.academic record), but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students must submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2020 General Schedule of Minors page.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts uses as its foundation the principles of 'embedded' work-integrated learning: throughout their studies, students participate in a series of simulated workplaces in their chosen major. In the Visual Arts, students take part in studio work and present their work in gallery and other public settings. They also develop the skills to articulate their practice through artist statements and other documents that are an essential part of a career in the creative industries. In Design, students undertake a range of client-focused projects, responding to the briefs and parameters of projects in marketing, product design and web design.

Through these experiences, students apply their skills to a real-world context, and gain an understanding of the professional practice and industry standards.


On completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts, high achieving students may apply to undertake an additional Honours year.

Students considering Honours in Creative Arts are encouraged to enrol in CACS331 Contemporary Theory and Research Practice in their final year of their BCA.

For more information see Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours).

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Other Information

The Faculty may apply quotas to subjects to ensure optimal class sizes.

Further information is available via email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020