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Bachelor of Visual Arts
Griffith University - South Bank

Course outline

This degree will equip you with the necessary conceptual and practical knowledge to begin a career in the visual arts. Working with accomplished artists, art historians and other industry leaders, you will learn how to navigate and succeed in the visual arts sector. Through a mixture of studio and art theory courses, in the first year, you will undertake foundation courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, jewellery and small objects and indigenous art and protocols. In your second year, you will specialise in either painting, sculpture or photography, with electives in other disciplines at QCA and across Griffith University. You’ll have opportunities to engage with industry and build employment options by working with guest artists and curators; undertaking work placements; participating in exhibitions, masterclasses and study tours. You’ll work on projects for real clients through our QCALive work-integrated program, LiveArt, producing commercial murals and public art installations under the guidance of our expert staff. The skills and knowledge you gain will equip you to adapt and succeed in the expanding and changing landscape of the creative arts and will also serve as the foundation for further studies in education, research or professional practice. For more course information, visit Bachelor of Visual Arts at GU.


Griffith University will commence making offers on 17 November 2023.


Painting; photography; sculpture.

Fee notes

This an indicative only amount for first year fees. For further information refer to

Admissions Criteria

For minimum age requirements please visit Institution minimum age requirements


Applicants must meet the minimum age requirements for admission, see the QTAC website for details.

Fixed closing date

To be considered for portfolio admission, applicants must apply to QTAC, pay the portfolio fee and submit their portfolio to Griffith University by 6 September 2023. Applicants will still be able to apply after this date and be considered for ATAR/Rank admission.

Additional entry requirements

From 2024 there will be two admission pathways to the Bachelor of Visual Arts. Applicants may be considered via one of the following:

Guaranteed ATAR/Rank of 75.00 or above, or via

Portfolio and interview (optional)

Admission via portfolio requires applicants to submit a portfolio and attend an interview. Portfolios are submitted directly to Griffith University via an online submission portal by the 6 September closing date. Portfolio applicants will be invited to attend an interview at Queensland College of Art, South Bank or the Gold Coast campus or via Teams from 25 – 29 September 2023. Visit for details on portfolio and interview requirements including how to pay for and submit your portfolio. Applicants should also refer to this Portfolio website for the most up to date advice and messaging. Griffith University will commence making offers on 17 November 2023, and continue to make offers to applicants via both portfolio and ATAR/Rank in subsequent offer rounds. However, applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio and attend an interview even if confident they will meet the ATAR/Rank Guarantee. Applicants must nominate if they wish to be considered via ATAR/Rank and/or Portfolio and interview admission on their QTAC application and pay the $55 non-refundable portfolio submission fee to Griffith University. Griffith VET Guarantee applies to this program. For more information visit

Assumed knowledge

Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3 and 4, C)

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

Highest Rank to receive an offer

Median Rank to receive an offer

Lowest Rank to receive an offer

ATAR/Selection Rank excluding adjustment factors




ATAR/Selection Rank including adjustment factors




Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.

Higher education study

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

Work and life experience

Recent secondary education

Recent secondary education admitted solely on the basis of ATAR/Rank

Admitted where both ATAR/Rank and additional criteria were considered

Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/Rank was not a factor

International students

All students

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Career opportunities

You may find employment as a visual artist, installation artist, public artist, arts researcher, artistic director, media producer or presenter, curator, arts writer, gallerist, community or government arts worker, art education and training, creative consultant.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds

21 Dec 2023
6 Jun 2024

CSP/$8500 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Creative and Performing Arts
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

3 years Full time or 6 years Part time

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