Visual arts

Why study visual arts?

If you're passionate about art and creativity, Visual Arts at La Trobe offers an ideal platform for exploration. Our range of subject options and practical experience allow you to specialize or diversify in contemporary art practice, and will prepare you for an exciting career in the industry. We offer Visual Arts at our Bendigo and Mildura Campus. You'll have access to the La Trobe Art Institute and its network of galleries, as well as the option to take an accelerated subject with the National Gallery of Victoria. You'll have the opportunity to exhibit your work in a solo or group exhibition, pop-up gallery or community arts project.

This course is primarily designed to produce professional artists, but graduates may also have the opportunity to work as art administrators; curators and directors in public, commercial and corporate collections and galleries; art conservators; valuers or dealers; community arts officers; colour and interior design consultants; art therapists; art critics or historians; photojournalists; professional photographers; illustrators; secondary art teachers; teachers in continuing education or with private providers; or as tertiary art lecturers with relevant further study.

Career opportunities

When you graduate, you'll be able to look for work at art galleries, television studios, theatres, recording studios, film and television production houses.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


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Bachelor of Arts

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ATAR and location:Melbourne: NCAlbury-Wodonga: 54.4Bendigo: 53Mildura: 60.8Shepparton: NP

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 3 years3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Bachelor of Creative Arts

ATAR and location:Melbourne: 52.4Bendigo: 53.4Mildura: N/P

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.3 years.

Diploma of Arts

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Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 1 year1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

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