The Bachelor of Visual Arts at ANU offers you the opportunity to develop and refine high-level technical and creative skills and knowledge for working with the forms, materials and technologies of a chosen studio discipline. This practical degree allows students to develop new ways of creating and thinking which aids in their development as an artist.
You can choose to major in: animation and video, ceramics, furniture, glass, hybrid art practice, jewellry and object, painting, photomedia, printmedia and drawing, sculpture and spatial practice or textiles.
Visual Arts at ANU
Canberra has a thriving art scene and is home to many of Australia’s national cultural institutions. The ANU School of Art & Design draws on this for its teaching programs. Visual Arts students are able to take advantage of our
close proximity to these local institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, and Canberra Museum and Gallery. Students have classes in these institutions and are able to regularly visit their
Bachelor of Visual Arts students learn 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
- Adapt specific skills with a visual and/or aesthetic component.
You will also have the opportunity to deepen your study through elective courses drawn from the School of Art & Design and the wider university.
Additionally, the School of Art & Design has excellent connections to the wider community and the public are encouraged to visit the School’s gallery spaces. Visual Arts students have the opportunity to exhibit in these gallery spaces, giving them wide-spread exposure. A longestablished artist-in-residence program also brings some of the world’s most experienced artists to live and work within the School, exposing students to the work and processes of artists of the highest calibre.
Flexible Double Degree
The Bachelor of Visual Arts can be combined with degrees in Law, Arts, Social Science, Business or Science as part of the ANU Flexible Double Degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see anu.edu.au/study/study-options/flexible-double
The ANU School of Art & Design international exchange program provides students with the opportunity to study overseas as part of their degree. The School maintains close connections with art and design partner institutions in Asia, Europe, Great Britain, Canada and the United States of America. A number of travelling awards are available to assist students with the cost of international exchange.
You will also have the opportunity to apply for hands-on learning through the Australian National Internship program. See anip.anu.edu.au for more information.
Image: Angela Coleman, Contorted 1 (detail), 2017, felt and silk attached to linen with machine stitching as drawing and hand embroidery, 61 x 61 x 4 cm. Photography: Anita Grewel.