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Bachelor of Creative Arts Specialisation Visual Arts

Bachelor of Creative Arts Specialisation Visual Arts (BCAR)

Entry requirements
  • OP: 16
  • Selection Rank: 66
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Toowoomba
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
  • November
Note: The Visual Arts major is only available to study part-time in the July (Semester 2) and November (Semester 3) intakes. The November intake (Semester 3) is only offered via online study.


  • Develop your skills as a visual artist while you expand your resume with exhibitions and industry experience.
  • Undertaking both practical and theory streams, you will explore a variety of studios to ensure your specialisation is undertaken in the medium that best suits your profile as an emerging artist.
  • Undertake studies in one or a combination of studios including ceramics, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, and gallery studies.
  • Complete your degree online (with studio options concentrating on painting and gallery studies), as well as on campus.
  • Specialise in one studio for virtually the entire degree or combine discipline areas within creative arts or other areas of study.
  • Unique within Australia, this degree enhances your professional opportunities through specialised activities and partnerships. We regularly host international exchange exhibition programs with universities such as University of Saskatchewan, Universitas Sebelas Maret (Indonesia), University of North Carolina (USA) and Nangyang Technological University (Singapore) as well as interstate partnerships. Taught by nationally and internationally renowned artists, these exhibition programs provide excellent opportunities to enhance your skills.
This degree is currently undergoing discontinuation. If you're interested in pursuing a qualification in Visual Art, the Bachelor of Visual Art, and the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Community Wellbeing (Visual Art) are offered from February 2021.

Career outcomes

  • This degree will enable you to emerge as a practicing, professional artist.
  • Other career paths include vocations as secondary school teacher (with further study), art critic, librarian, curator, arts administrator, studio and gallery manager, museum professional, researcher for auction houses, community arts researcher.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Including adjustments Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Excluding adjustments Entry score not including adjustment factors.
Lowest OP/selection rank to receive an offer The minimum entry score for this degree based on USQ offers.

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English
  • Visual Arts

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

  • If you apply to study the Visual Arts major, you must attend an audition and/or interview and bring: 
    • a passport-sized photo of themselves
    • a school exit statement or evidence of previous education standard achieve
    • a folio of recent or current work. USQ will not retain the folio after the interview.
    • all applicants are to present a written statement (500 words) addressing the following: your interest, enthusiasm and purpose in studying visual arts; career aspirations; knowledge of visual arts processes and theory; demonstrated perceptual ability and hand skills; critical abilities; and evidence of self-motivation, initiative and commitment. The submission is to be typed and signed by the student, and the statement certifies that the work is their own. Applicants should present the submission at interview. 
  • It is a requirement that Queensland-based students hold a current positive notice indicating that they are deemed suitable for working with children and young people whilst studying the Bachelor of Creative Arts – Film Television & Radio, Theatre, Music and Visual Arts. Further information about the Blue Card or Exemption Card suitability process is available from the Blue Card Services.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this degrees' student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

Students in the Bachelor of Creative Arts have the opportunity to choose one of a series of extended majors offered as part of their selected specialisation. An extended major is a specified group of courses with values of 16, 20, or 24 units.

  • Visual Arts (16-unit major)
  • Visual Arts (24-unit major)

For online Visual Arts study, please note that only painting, drawing, arts management and theory courses are available online. The practical ceramics, print-making, and spatial construction studios are not available online.

The following 8-unit Creative Arts majors can be combined with a 16-unit extended major as a second major:

  • Film, Television, and Radio (8-unit major)
  • Music Practice (8-unit major)
  • Theatre Practice (8-unit major)
  • Theatre Theory (8-unit major)
  • Visual Arts Practice (8-unit major)
  • Visual Arts Theory (8-unit major)

With approval, students are able to take one major or minor/elective study from other undergraduate programs offered by USQ.

Option 1

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline foundation courses 7
Discipline extension courses 8
Second major 8
Total 24

Option 2

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline foundation courses 7
Discipline extension courses 8
Minor sequence 4
Minor sequence
Total 24

Option 3

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline foundation courses 7
Discipline extension courses 8
Minor sequence  4
Electives  4
Total 24

Option 4

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline foundation courses 7
Discipline extension courses 12
Minor sequence 4
Total 24

Option 5

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 12
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 6684
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 21600

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
Toowoomba 909161
Online 909165

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.


To study the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) you will need to attend an audition and/or interview in addition to your QTAC or direct entry application. Further information on the audition/interview process is available within the Entry requirements section.

To register for an audition or interview at USQ please complete the USQ Online Audition Form.

Apply directly to USQ

You may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:

  • are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.
  • Semester 3, 2020 - applications close Friday 20 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 16 November 2020.

More information on applying key dates is available.

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