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 and Industries (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 Teaching (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

CAI102     Creative Practice
SVA103     Introductory Studio
SVA204     Intermediate Studio
SVA303     Advanced Studio
BVE112     Creative Arts Elective
BVE212     Advanced Creative Arts Elective
AHT214    Indigenous Art in Northern Australia
AHT215    Foundations of South East Asian Arts
AHT232    Post-modernism: Art, Architecture, Culture and Theory
AHT313    Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art

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
Email: cah@cdu.edu.au

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
Email: suzi.lyon@cdu.edu.au

 

Henry Smith (Alice Springs campus)
Drawing/Sculpture Lecturer
Phone: 08 8959 5325
Email: henry.smith@cdu.edu.au

 

John Dahlsen
Casual Lecturer/Visual Arts
Phone: 08 8946 6824
Email: john.dahlsen@cdu.edu.au

 

Sarah Pirrie
VET Lecturer/Visual Arts Coordinator
Phone: 08 8946 6098
Email: sarah.pirrie@cdu.edu.au

 

Mats Unden
Lecturer in Printmaking
Phone: 08 8946 7044
Email: mats.unden@cdu.edu.au