Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Our programs engage the rich and unique cultures of northern Australia and our immediate region. You choose from a range of interest areas including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Your practical introduction to the visual arts, will give you the foundation to move onto further studies into higher award courses. Courses provide a balance between creative practice and historical and theoretical studies to prepare students for careers in visual arts. You learn about creating images, objects and forms under the direction of artist teachers. You study a minimum of three visual arts areas: fine arts, ceramics, computer graphics, and design and craft with glass and paper.

Our rigorous and engaging courses are designed to inspire and equip creative thinkers and makers in the fields of art, craft and design. Students will develop practice-based skills and theoretical knowledge for the multiplicity of career options in the arts sector. Our facilities provide discipline-focused technology in printmaking, screenprinting, drawing, sculpture, and painting. Learning is also enhanced by partnerships with local museums and art galleries.

Career opportunities

Graduates can find employment in the growing creative sector and work in a combination of media in both the public and private sector. Career pathways include the following illustrative examples:

  • Independent practitioners
  • Curators
  • Illustrators
  • Art writers
  • Art teachers
  • Museum workers
  • Gallery managers

Study options

A Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) will give you a great foundation for entering the growing public and private creative arts sectors. If you are specifically interested in becoming an art teacher, there is also the Bachelor of Education Secondary (Visual Arts), which focuses on high school art education. You can also move into a Master by Research or a Doctor of Philosophy, both of which allow you to choose your own research topics in conjunction with a supervisor.

If you have just finished school, have not studied for a while, or would like to meet people and refine your skills, you may be interested in our VET courses. These give you hands-on experience in different art mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography, as well as learning skills for professional art practice.

Current units

VIS110  Visual Arts Foundation (20cp)
VIS120  Visual Arts Foundation (20cp)
VIS140  Visual Arts Methods (repeatable)
VIS200  Visual Arts Feature (repeatable)
VIS210  Visual Arts Intermediate Studio 1
VIS220  Visual Arts Intermediate Studio 2
VIS230  Contemporary Art 1
VIS240  Printmaking (repeatable)
VIS250  Painting and Textile Arts (repeatable)
VIS260  Photography and Digital Arts (repeatable)
VIS270  Sculpture and Drawing (repeatable)
VIS310  Visual Arts Advanced Studio 1
VIS320  Visual Arts Advanced Studio 2
VIS330  Contemporary Art 2
VIS340  Visual Arts Project (repeatable)

More information

For general information about applying or registering at CDU, enrolling in units, and the different study options please visit the Study at CDU page. For general information about the School of Creative Arts and Humanities, please contact administration at the Casuarina campus

T: 08 8946 7404

For more specific information about different aspects of studying visual arts at CDU please contact

Suzi Lyon (Alice Springs campus)
Lecturer in Printmaking and Ceramics
Phone: 08 8959 5227


Henry Smith (Alice Springs campus)
Drawing/Sculpture Lecturer
Phone: 08 8959 5325


Dr Ioannis Michaloudis
Senior Lecturer - Visual Arts
Phone: 08 8946 6756


Sarah Pirrie
VET Lecturer/Visual Arts Coordinator
Phone: 08 8946 6098


Mats Unden
Lecturer in Printmaking
Phone: 08 8946 7044