What will I learn?

The ANU Bachelor of Visual Arts features majors in animation and video, ceramics, furniture, glass, gold and silversmithing, painting, photo media, print media and drawing, sculpture and textiles. You will also have the opportunity to study in complementary areas such as life drawing, bookmaking, etching, papermaking and screen printing.

Our program is designed to develop and refine your high-level technical and creative skills, while building your knowledge of working with materials and technologies of your chosen studio discipline. You will learn to work independently and collaboratively to plan and participate in exhibitions of your works.

You can also take advantage of our close proximity to immerse yourself in the array of national cultural institutions that Canberra has to offer, with some classes held in these leading institutions.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find work as independent artists, in arts organisations, as an art teacher, in galleries or museums and in many other related fields.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Visual Arts, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply technical skills and specialist knowledge to realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression.
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in the visual arts.
  • Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply historical and theoretical perspectives to practice in the visual arts.
  • Develop and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively.
  • Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences
  • Work independently and collaboratively in response to project demands.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Which department am I in?

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,480.00 (US$ 24,719) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected December 2019

More details

Start date

Expected July 2020


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have either completed recognized upper secondary studies to the required standard and recognised by ANU as comparable to Australian Year 12 or completed at least one year of tertiary study to the required standard. Applicants must have obtained a percentage between 59%, 74%, 77%, 82%, 83%, 87%, 95%, 97%. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: An overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test; a score of 570 with TWE score of 4.5 in TOEFL (paper based test); A score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening in TOEFL (internet based test); Cambridge CAE (Pre and Post): 58 overall with all sub skills at borderline or higher; 176 overall with at least 169 in all sub skills. PTE Academic Overall 64, minimum score of 55 in each section.

For international students

  • An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
  • A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
  • At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
  • An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test; TOEFL internet based test score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening; TOEFL paper based test score of 570 with TWE score of 4.5; Cambridge CAE Advanced score of 176 overall with at least 169 in all sub skills; PTE Academic score of Overall 64, minimum score of 55 in each section.

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About this uni

The Australia National University is a member of International Alliance of Research Universities, with Universities like Oxford, Cambridge and Yale.

  • No. 1 in Australia and 7th in the world for global outlook
  • 95% of research at ANU is recognised as that of world standard
  • New AUD 240 M science precinct with state-of-the-art labs
  • No.1 in Australia and 21 worldwide for graduate employability