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Bachelor of Visual Arts

Bachelor of Visual Arts

You're creative at heart and would like to build a career doing what you love.

With the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts), you'll develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a professional artist. In line with contemporary practice you may choose to work in an interdisciplinary mode, possibly including performance, installation, video and new media.

At Nepean Arts & Design Centre, TAFENSW Western Sydney, we offer advanced entry into the Bachelor of Visual Arts, and offer this qualification in partnership with Federation University Australia. Your pathway to advanced entry is typically via a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in visual or Fine Arts, but please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances if you do not hold these qualifications.

With advanced entry, you enter into the BVA at TAFENSW Western Sydney half way through the second year of the three year program, meaning your Bachelor of Visual Arts qualification will take just three semesters to complete. Your first semester of study (second year semester 2) involves in-depth studies in the studio art practice subjects, where you will gain further experience in a range of media with an increased emphasis on self-initiating projects.

In the final year of your degree, you will propose a self-directed project incorporating research and contemporary art practice, supported by staff from a number of specialist studios. You will be working in, or across, the different studios as the individual projects demand. You will also undertake a subject in professional art practice.

Our open, flexible, specialist studios include ceramics / 3D, drawing, printmaking, and painting. All teaching staff are practicing artists and designers with considerable reputations in Australia.

Areas of study include: Ceramics/3D, Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Digital Art, Multi-dimensional Art.

If you do not hold the pathway qualifications, please contact the Visual Arts section at TAFENSW Western Sydney, to discuss you pathway options:

Head Teacher- Cath Barcan

Phone: (02) 9208 9325

Applications open for 2017

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