Develop a career as an artist, curator, or designer with this internationally-recognised 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 recognised 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.
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, University of Hertfordshire in England, Universitat de Barcelona in Spain, University of Massachusetts in USA, and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan.
Students complete core studies in:
In 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.
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 per cent 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.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including studio-based teaching, field work, 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).