A Bachelor of Design Arts (Visual Arts) at LCI Melbourne provides a unique opportunity to explore and express your creativity, collaborate with like-minded creatives, and network with industry leaders.
LCI Melbourne offers a studio-based environment for Visual Arts Majors, where you’ll ultimately have your own onsite exhibition and work space. With a public gallery to showcase your work, a choice of sub-majors to complement your artistic aspirations, and real-world industry placements, you’ll be ready for a wide range of future professional opportunities based in the art world.
The Visual Arts program encourages you to explore and experiment with your creative nature, as well as allowing you to explore the many facets of the public and private art worlds. Through research, art history, traditional practice methods, and contemporary approaches to art in materials and process, we will support you towards realising your creative vision. The course cultivates an in-depth knowledge of national and international artists and their practice, creating a framework and context in which to locate your own emerging practice.
Our professional and contextual studies units form a core part of the Bachelor degree, and prepare you to take your career further by instilling a range of practical business and management skills.
Who's It For?
- Creative and curious students
- Those with strong communication skills
- Innovative thinkers
- People with a passion for self-expression or community engagement
Potential career outcomes could include:
- Exhibiting artists
- Commercial illustrators
- Gallery assistants
- Graphic designers
- Fashion illustrators
What You'll Learn
- Understand approaches to art in materials and process
- Foundation skills in life and observational drawing
- Advanced knowledge of national and international artists and their practice
- Build industry contacts via professional placement and international exchange opportunities
- Enhance creative skills via a sub-major from either the Filmmaking & Photography stream or one of the other creative disciplines.
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
Duration Study Load
The Bachelor of Design Arts can be completed over 2 years full-time (300 credit points). Part-time study is also available. An academic year is divided into three twelve week study periods, called ‘trimesters’.
To be considered for a place at LCI Melbourne, our entry requirements are:
- Evidence of satisfactory completion of VCE or year 12 equivalent or work experience equivalence
- Submission of a creative Portfolio of 6 to 8 items – See tips and tricks on how to prepare a portfolio
- Completion of a preselection kit provided by LCI Melbourne
International students must achieve equivalent IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5.
After submission, the portfolio or selection kit is viewed by a panel and if you are shortlisted your application will proceed to the interview stage where you will meet with the LCI team to talk through your portfolio and ask questions.
- Select from 5 sub-majors, providing a wider range of career options
- Design Arts subjects covering contextual studies and management skills
- Work experience in the design arts industry
- Opportunity to study a trimester abroad at LCI Education campuses
- Small classes and a community dedicated to creativity
The Professional Studies units of the Bachelor of Design Arts ensure students secure industry placements to enhance their skills and experience – giving them an edge when they graduate. Work experience in the design industry can include placements at Arts Festivals, Artist Run Spaces, Commercial Galleries, Teaching support at Primary and Secondary Schools, Artist Assistant, and Project Officer for Community Arts Schemes.
Introduction to materials and techniques for visual art. Exploration of the visual language of image making
Develops a broad understanding of the visual arts industry
Presentation of a resolved body of related works that are supported by high standard of research, documentation and promotional material. Students mound an exhibition of their work in gallery
Develops techniques for enhancing professional presentation and promotion in visual arts practice. Procedures for initiating and mounting exhibitions
Explores strategies for developing self-directed work proposals where idiosyncratic content and meaning reflect personal vision and style. Research and commntation methods for a major practical project
About LCI Melbourne
LCI Melbourne is not your cookie-cutter higher education institute. We are a local design school with a global reputation that inspires and empowers students to design with purpose and become what’s next.
Kick-start your career with an LCI Melbourne Higher Education Design Diploma or a Bachelor of Design Arts that is inspiring, engaging and connected with industry. LCI Melbourne teaches you how to combine developmental, creative and professional skills to solve a range of imaginative problems. You will explore foundation design concepts, industry-led briefs and work towards the development of a personal design ethos.