Visual Arts major | LCI Melbourne

Visual Arts

Bachelor of Design Arts
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Visual Arts Program in Melbourne

The LCI Melbourne Visual Arts major specialisation provides a unique opportunity to explore and express your creativity, collaborate with like-minded artists and network with industry leaders.

LCI Melbourne offers a studio-based environment where you can create your own exhibition and work space. The major specialisation supports you to realise your creative vision, develop a personal design ethos and succeed in artistic industries. You will develop foundational skills and artistic techniques that will provide a framework for emerging creative practices.

The LCI Melbourne public gallery provides an environment for you to showcase your work and creative industry placements will prepare you for future professional opportunities in the art world.

By graduating with a Bachelor of Design Arts and joining the ranks of LCI Melbourne alumni, you will be included amongst some of Australia’s leading and most innovative artists and designers. LCI Melbourne is FEE-HELP approved.

Customise your degree

No more cookie-cutter degrees for you! It is time for you to have control on your future.
 
We will help you customise your degree as you progress through opportunities that discover your strengths, as part of engaging and exploratory workshops and design labs.
 
You are the future of art and design and LCI Melbourne is your roadmap to success!

What does customising your degree really mean? It's as simple as:

  • Explore creative processes across disciplines throughout your program to create your own multidisciplinary career.
  • Collaborate with other creative students across majors on projects and exhibitions.
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship from academics in a personalised environment that motivates you to discover your strengths. 
  


  • 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.
  • Exposure to tools, mediums and visual art language
  • Strategies towards development of art language
  • Exploration of diverse art practice and critical voice
  • Developing a studio practice
  • Self-directed art practice
  • Advanced studio practice
  • The contemporary art environment
  • Exhibition production

Trimester 1

  • Get a taste your future. Discover and explore multidisciplinary design ideas, informed by creative design principles, collaborative models of practice and enjoyable engagement.
  • Investigate and develop design ideas across the areas of spatial environments, the body and identity, visual communication and image making.
Trimester 2-4
  • Evolve your preferences and dive into visual arts course in our unique design labs, complemented by additional design workshops and specialist electives.
  • You can focus on your fashion design major or blend to suit your preferred career trajectory.
  • You will explore critical thinking, expand your problem solving and understand cultural influences to inform masterful design solutions.
Trimester 5-6
  • By year three you will specialise and focus in an extended design lab with personalised independent design proposals.
  • You will have a combination of expert academics and mentors that will guide and inspire you to innovative outcomes to prepare you for the your professional practice and for your future job.

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
    PLUS
  • Submission of a creative Portfolio of 6 to 8 items – See tips and tricks how to prepare a portfolio
    OR
  • Completion of a pre-selection kit provided by LCI Melbourne

After submission the portfolio or selection kit is viewed by a panel and if you are shortlisted your application will proceed to interview stage where you will meet with the LCI team to talk through your portfolio and ask questions.

You can apply online, in person, or talk to our admissions team by phone.

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’. 

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.

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Bachelor of Design Arts (Visual Arts)

We have outstanding courses in applied arts disciplines. Our schools are located across 5 continents, giving us a unique international perspective when it comes to education and preparing you for work in the real world. The opportunities are endless when you study fashion design courses in Melbourne at LCI. Call us today on (03) 9676 9000 to get more info.