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Southern Cross University Bachelor of Art and Design
Southern Cross University

Bachelor of Art and Design

Lismore, Australia

3 Years


Full time, Part time

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AUD 25,200 *


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Develop a career as an artist, curator, or designer with this internationally-recognized course, lead and taught by artists and art experts from the thriving Northern Rivers arts community.

The Bachelor of Art and Design provides the opportunity to develop your artistic range and skills base, while also building your understanding of art theory.

Southern Cross visual arts graduates have been recognized with some of Australia’s most prestigious art awards and their work is held in galleries and exhibitions around the world.

You will be able to enjoy rich and diverse studio experiences, developing and exploring your capabilities and potential as an artist, while immersed in an atmosphere that nurtures and inspires creativity.

Southern Cross offers purpose-built studios which provide students with the opportunity to use a wide range of media, including painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, digital arts and design, and drawing.

Career Opportunities

Graduates typically become practicing 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, the University of Hertfordshire in England, Universitat de Barcelona in Spain, the University of Massachusetts in the USA, and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan.

Major Areas of Study

Core studies

  • Studio studies: painting, printmaking, mixed-media, 3D studies

  • Art theory

  • Curating

  • Studio drawing

  • Design

In the 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.

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 percent 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, fieldwork, 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).

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