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Visual Arts Courses at LCI Melbourne

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. Our visual arts degree equips you for success in your artistic field.

What’s Included in the Visual Arts Major?

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 visual arts degree 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.

Broadening Knowledge through Complementary Studies in Your Visual Arts Degree

Our professional and contextual studies units form a core part of the Bachelor visual arts degree, and prepare you to take your career further by instilling a range of practical business and management skills.

  • 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

LCI Melbourne graduates who have a Bachelor of Design Arts (Visual Arts) work as exhibiting artists, commercial illustrators, teachers and gallery assistants. With a complementary sub-major such as Graphic & Digital Design, Fashion & Costume Design or Filmmaking and Photography, many also work as graphic designers, animators, and fashion illustrators.

  • Creative
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Innovative thinker

To be considered for admission into our visual arts degree, applicants are generally required to have successfully completed their VCE or equivalent. Mature-aged applicants who have attained sufficient industry experience will also be considered. If you are a domestic student aged under 18, you can enrol at LCI Melbourne but you will need your parent or guardian's consent. Unfortunately, we are unable to enrol international students under the age of 18.

  • Small classes, usually no more than 18 students
  • State of the art facilities, including industry standard computing equipment and software

80% project work (including practical work, essays, presentations and group assignments) and 20% test.

Bachelor of Design Arts (Visual Arts)

The Bachelor of Design Arts can be completed over 3 years full-time (10 units per academic year) or 2 years fast-tracked full-time (15 units per academic year). 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.


Looking to complete a visual arts major? At LCI Melbourne, we provide everything you need for a uniquely nourishing artistic learning environment. Be surrounded by like-minded peers, inspiring mentors, international perspectives and all the tools you need to become a leader in your field. Are you ready to step up your game as an artistic practitioner? Call us today on (03) 9676 9000.