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Summary
Bachelor of Creative Arts Specialisation Visual Arts (BCAR)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Fill your resumé with professional experience

Expand and grow your abilities as a visual artist while you expand your resume with exhibitions of your work and gain a formal qualification. Offering practical and theory streams, the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) lets you explore a variety of studios to ensure specialization in the medium that best suits your profile as an emerging artist.

You will be able to undertake studies in one or a combination of studios including ceramics, spatial construction (sculpture and textiles), painting, printmaking, drawing, and gallery studies. This entire degree in Visual Arts is able to be studied online (with studio options concentrating on painting and gallery studies), as well as on campus.

Take the opportunity to specialise in one studio for virtually the entire degree or combine disciplines within creative arts or other areas of study.

Professional experience

Unique within Australia, this degree enhances your professional opportunities through specialised activities and partnerships. We regularly host international exchange exhibition programs with universities like the University of Saskatchewan, Universitas Sebelas Maret (Indonesia) and Nangyang Technological University (Singapore) as well as interstate partnerships. Taught by nationally and internationally renowned artists, these exhibition programs provide excellent opportunities to enhance your skills.

This degree will enable you to emerge as a practicing, professional artist. Other career paths include vocations as secondary school teacher (with further study), art critic, librarian, curator, arts administrator, studio and gallery manager, community arts and arts researcher.

Other majors for the Bachelor of Creative Arts: Film, Television and RadioMusic and Theatre.

Students in the Bachelor of Creative Arts have the opportunity to choose one of a series of extended majors offered as part of their selected specialisation. An extended major is a specified group of courses with values of 16, 20, or 24 units.

  • Visual Arts (16 unit Major)
  • Visual Arts (24 unit Major)

The following eight-unit Creative Arts majors can be combined with a 16 unit extended major as a second major:

  • Film, Television, and Radio (8 unit Major)
  • Music Practice (8 unit Major)
  • Theatre Practice (8 unit Major)
  • Theatre Theory (8 unit Major)
  • Visual Arts Practice (8 unit Major)
  • Visual Arts Theory (8 unit Major)

With approval, students are able to take one major or minor/elective study from other undergraduate programs offered by USQ.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 8
Second Major 8
Total 24
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 8
Minor sequence 4
Minor sequence  4
Total 24
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 8
Minor sequence 4
Electives  4
Total 24
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 12
Minor sequence 4
Total 24
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 12
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6256
Domestic full fee paying AUD 17910

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

16/64
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.
Bonus points may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus points don’t apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ’s Admissions Bonus Schemes carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent, Visual Arts (4, SA).
  • Non-standard applications (i.e. non-OP applicants) will also be considered with an audition or interview on a case-by-case basis. 
  • It is a requirement that Queensland-based students hold a current positive notice indicating that they are deemed suitable for working with children and young people whilst studying the Bachelor of Creative Arts – Film Television & Radio, Theatre, Music and Visual Arts. Further information about the Blue Card or Exemption Card suitability process is available from the Blue Card Services.

External Studies

Visual Arts students studying externally should note the following further requirements: 

  • only painting, drawing, Arts Management and theory courses are available by external offer
  • the following practical studios are not available by external study: ceramics, print-making, linear construction, spatial construction, painting.

How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
Toowoomba 909161
Distance  909165

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.