Bachelor of Art and Design

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 12:16 PM on Wed, 22 September

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
N/A
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Lismore
Lismore
Start date
March
February
Course code
3007160
Course abbreviation
BAD
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Course overview

Do you dream of showcasing your creative work in galleries and exhibitions around the world? If so, you can take inspiration from the many Southern Cross University graduates whose careers are thriving after completing our Bachelor of Art and Design.

This internationally acknowledged degree is designed to enhance your artistic flair and develop your career options as an artist, curator or designer. Students are immersed in a rich studio experience with an atmosphere that inspires creativity with access to the dynamic arts scene of the Northern Rivers.

From our purpose-built, well-equipped studios, you'll develop your skills in painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, digital arts and design, and drawing.

Our graduates have featured in some of Australia's most prestigious arts awards, and their work features regularly in commercial and public settings, both nationally and internationally.

You may also use this degree as a precursor to further study, through Honours and PhD, with a view to careers in research and education.

Do you dream of showcasing your creative work in galleries and exhibitions around the world? If so, you can take inspiration from the many Southern Cross University graduates whose careers are thriving after completing our Bachelor of Art and Design.

This internationally acknowledged degree is designed to enhance your artistic flair and develop your career options as an artist, curator or designer. Students are immersed in a rich studio experience with an atmosphere that inspires creativity with access to the dynamic arts scene of the Northern Rivers.

From our purpose-built, well-equipped studios, you'll develop your skills in painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, digital arts and design, and drawing.

Our graduates have featured in some of Australia's most prestigious arts awards, and their work features regularly in commercial and public settings, both nationally and internationally.

You may also use this degree as a precursor to further study, through Honours and PhD, with a view to careers in research and education.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Credit for prior learning

Candidates who can demonstrate artistic expertise at a professional level may be granted advanced standing of up to 4 Art and Design units, provided such artistic expertise has been demonstrated within 5 years prior to admission to candidature. 

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

Students complete core studies in:

  • Studio studies: painting, printmaking, mixed-media, 3D studies
  • Art theory
  • Curating
  • Studio drawing
  • Design.

In second and third year, students select from a range of creative and media arts units and/or units from across the University to complement their areas of interest.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
LismoreTerm  1

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
LismoreTerm  1$28,000 ($3,500 per unit)096003C
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer

International students studying in Australia

View domestic application details View international application details

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences

Develop, express and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively

Apply technical skills and specialist knowledge to realise artworks, artefacts and related forms of creative expression

Develop, express and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively

Recognise and reflect on cultural, ecological and ethical issues, and apply historical and theoretical perspectives to practice in art and design

Apply technical skills and specialist knowledge to realise artworks, artefacts and related forms of creative expression

Demonstrate skills and breadth of knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in art and design

Develop, express and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively

Recognise and reflect on cultural, ecological and ethical issues, and apply historical and theoretical perspectives to practice in art and design

Work independently and collaboratively in response to project demands

Work independently and collaboratively in response to project demands

Apply appropriate academic skills to communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences

Recognise and reflect on cultural, ecological and ethical issues, and apply historical and theoretical perspectives to practice in art and design


Assessment methods

Units in visual arts studio studies, digital art and design, photography and drawing are assessed by studio production work, artist’s journal, portfolio and e-portfolio. Generally, approximately 70 per cent of the final grade is based on the studio production work. During study sessions there are ongoing individual and group critique opportunities for feedback on students’ progress. Art theory units are generally assessed through research papers, group presentations and take-home exams.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including studio-based teaching, field work, lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. Students also have the opportunity to study some units online (for example, digital photography).

Career opportunities
Graduates typically become practising artists and fine art researchers within the context of contemporary practice. Students exhibit in the Graduate Exhibition and can undertake research projects.
Professional placement

Students have the opportunity to undertake an internship in the dynamic arts industries of the New South Wales North Coast. They can also study for a session at universities overseas including the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York, University of Hertfordshire in England, Universitat de Barcelona in Spain, University of Massachusetts in USA, and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Art and Design, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Art and Design after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) with a minimum of 12 core units. 

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Art and Design after completing the equivalent of 8 core units (96 credit points).


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Art and Design Core

ARTD1001Drawing
ARTD1002Painting Essentials
ARTD1005Printmaking Fundamentals
ARTD1006Sculpture and Spatial Practice
ARTD1004Photography and Digital Imaging
ARTD10083D Printing and Fabrication
ARTD1007Looking at Art
ARTD2002Modern Art and the Avant-Garde
ARTD2004Art after 1960
ARTD3001Advanced Theories of Contemporary Art
ARTD3004Professional Practice
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
ARTD2010Art Studio I
ARTD2011Art Studio II
ARTD2012Art Studio III
ARTD2013Art Studio IV
ARTD3007Advanced Art Studio I
ARTD3008Advanced Art Studio II
ARTD3009Advanced Art Studio III
ARTD3010Advanced Art Studio IV

Electives

Choose any 4 university-wide electives


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

ARTD1001Drawing
Term1

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ARTD1005Printmaking Fundamentals
Term1

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ARTD1002Painting Essentials
Term2

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CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4

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Anti-requisitesAAD71103 - Design Fundamentals ART00630 - Design ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I
ARTD10083D Printing and Fabrication
Term3

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ARTD1007Looking at Art
Term3

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Anti-requisitesART00600 - Introduction to Visual Culture, CAR10001 - Creativity and Arts Industries
ARTD1006Sculpture and Spatial Practice
Term4

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ARTD1004Photography and Digital Imaging
Term4

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Anti-requisitesART10275 - Digital Photography I

Second Year

ARTD2010Art Studio I
Term1

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Pre-requisitesARTD1005 - Printmaking Fundamentals; ARTD1006 - Sculpture and Spatial Practice; ARTD1001 - Drawing; ARTD1002 - Painting Essentials
Anti-requisitesARTD2001 - Studio Practice I
ARTD2002Modern Art and the Avant-Garde
Term1

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Anti-requisitesART00601 - Framing Modernity
ARTD2011Art Studio II
Term2

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Pre-requisitesARTD2010 - Art Studio I
Anti-requisitesARTD2001 - Studio Practice I
Elective
ARTD2004Art after 1960
Term3

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Anti-requisitesART00498 - Contemporary Debates in Visual Culture
ARTD2012Art Studio III
Term3

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Pre-requisitesARTD2011 - Art Studio II
Anti-requisitesARTD2003 - Studio Practice II
ARTD2013Art Studio IV
Term4

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Pre-requisitesARTD2012 - Art Studio III
Anti-requisitesARTD2003 - Studio Practice II
Elective

Third Year

ARTD3007Advanced Art Studio I
Term1

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Pre-requisitesARTD2013 - Art Studio IV
Anti-requisitesARTD3002 - Advanced Studio Practice I
ARTD3001Advanced Theories of Contemporary Art
Term1

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Pre-requisitesARTD2004 - Art after 1960 OR ARTD1007 - Looking at Art
Anti-requisitesCUR30001 - Curating Contemporary Culture
ARTD3008Advanced Art Studio II
Term2

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesARTD3007 - Advanced Art Studio I
Anti-requisitesARTD3002 - Advanced Studio Practice I
Elective
ARTD3009Advanced Art Studio III
Term3

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesARTD3008 - Advanced Art Studio II
Anti-requisitesARTD3003 - Advanced Studio Practice II
ARTD3004Professional Practice
Term2,5

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Pre-requisites240 credit points
Co-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in ARTD3003 - Advanced Studio Practice II
Anti-requisitesCAR10503 - Arts Industry Studies
ARTD3010Advanced Art Studio IV
Term4

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesARTD3009 - Advanced Art Studio III
Co-requisitesARTD3004 - Professional Practice
Anti-requisitesARTD3003 - Advanced Studio Practice II
Elective