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The Australian National University

Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Visual Arts

Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Visual Arts

Jack Brandtman, Screen Tests, 2011, high definition video series
Diana Lawrence, still image from Goat and Yeti, 2011, digital 2-D animation
Simon Thelning, Adrift, 2011, animation
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Ashley Bauman, Mineral treasury, 2011, mixed media dimensions variable
Susan Banks, Untitled 1 (yellow line), 2011, Photo: Stuart Hay and Neal McCracken, ANU Photography
Thomas Farrell, Waiting Room 1 (detail), 2011, Photo: Stuart Hay, ANU Photography
Andrew Babington, Outback (detail), 2011, digital print from photographic negative 65 x 97 cm
Kimberly Barnes, hematoma 1999 from the series Family Portraits, 2011
Alex Lewis, Sheltered stair (detail), 2011, etching 50 x 36 cm

How to apply

Step 1: Apply

Australian and New Zealand applicants apply via Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

International applicants apply directly to ANU or through UAC International

Current ANU students apply to degree transfer

2017 application dates: see the relevant website above

Step 2: Interview and portfolio registration

ALL applicants must register for an interview and upload a portfolio

Opening date for Bachelor of Design (BDESN) interview and portfolio registration (Semester 2, 2017 admission):
Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Final date for Bachelor of Design (BDESN) interview and portfolio registration (Semester 2, 2017 admission):
Thursday 8 June, 2017

ANU School of Art & Design interviews for admission to the Bachelor of Design (BDESN) in Semester 2, 2017 will be held on Thursday 15 June, 2017.

Applications are welcome from school leavers and mature age students Australia wide and internationally. The ANU School of Art & Design is part of the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) network, so all Australian and New Zealand undergraduate candidates must apply through UAC.

If you have selected the Bachelor of Design (BDESN) or the Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVART) program as one of your preferences, or a Flexible Double Degree where you intend to choose BDESN or BVART as one of your programs, you will need to register directly with the ANU School of Art & Design for an interview and upload your portfolio (see Step 2 above).

Entry requirements

Admission to all ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Entry to the BDESN and BVART is based on ACT or NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) and interview and portfolio.

School leavers are required to have their ACT Higher School Certificate or its equivalent. However in special circumstances, students who do not hold this qualification may be accepted into an undergraduate course. Mature age students over the age of 21 are not required to have this qualification.

For further information on How to apply to ANU please visit the ANU website.

Interview and selection

Following application through UAC, selection is based on an interview/portfolio process during which you:

  • bring along a portfolio of work (see below for requirements)
  • meet and discuss your work with one or more interview panels

At the interview, the panel is considering:

  • your ability to think creatively and critically
  • the quality of work shown in your portfolio
  • your ability to articulate ideas
  • your interest in art, design and culture

Portfolio requirements

The portfolio is your opportunity to demonstrate your passion and potential. Where it is not practical to include actual work in the portfolio, photographs or digital images of the work are acceptable.

Applicants are not required to have studied or have experience in the area(s) of their choice. Rather, applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for creativity which will highlight their ability.

Works included in your portfolio and presented at interview do not necessarily need to be finished works - the aim is to tell your story and demonstrate your interests and approaches to art and design.

Please note the following specific requirements:

Bachelor of Design

We welcome diverse works in any medium - physical or digital. Examples include drawing, models/prototypes, websites, magazines, books, animation, video, photography, games, interactive apps, etc. Consider including other documents that demonstrate your interest and ability to think analytically about design (ie. blogs, essays, presentation, posters).

Bachelor of Visual Arts

Animation and Video

Bring a generous selection of any of the following: videos, animations, websites, sound works, photographs, drawings, sketchbooks, physical models, maquettes, collages, computer graphics, and documentation of audio-visual or performance work. You should also provide evidence of your interests in digital media, the visual arts, cinema and/or popular culture – this can be in the form of a visual diary, blog or other journal style recording of your interests.

Ceramics

As well as drawings and sketchbooks, bring a generous selection of examples (or photographs of examples) of ceramic works or other relevant works. If you don’t have any examples of ceramic works, you can bring examples of work which demonstrates manual dexterity and an aptitude for work in ceramic media. You should also bring evidence of your interest in craft, design, visual arts or related interests – this can be in the form of a visual diary, journal or blog/social media site such as Pinterest.

Furniture

Having prior furniture making or woodworking experience is not required and you are encouraged to bring a broad range of drawings, designs and sketches, plus examples of 3D works which indicate your ability to work with your hands. This may include examples of creative/original approaches to art/design projects, and you should also bring evidence of your interests in design, craft and/or visual arts such as visual diaries, journals, blogs or social media pages.

Glass

Bring a generous selection of drawings, sketchbooks and any examples of 3D works which demonstrate creative thinking and hand skills in any media. Visual diaries, journals and blogs of exhibitions and other evidence of your interests in art/design are also encouraged. Please note that prior experience with glass as a visual arts/design medium is not required, and you can demonstrate your suitability to study glass by bringing work in any medium which demonstrates your ability to work with your hands in 2D and 3D, and to think creatively and originally.

Gold and Silversmithing

As well as drawings and sketchbooks, bring a generous selection of examples (or photographs of examples) of 3D works or other relevant works. If you don’t have any examples of work with metals, plastics or jewellery, you can bring examples of work which demonstrates manual dexterity, an interest in designing and making objects, and an aptitude for working with these media. You should also bring evidence of your interest in craft, design, visual arts or related interests – this can be in the form of a visual diary, journal or blog/social media site such as Pinterest.

Painting

Bring a generous folio of a variety of (mostly recent) paintings and drawings and evidence of other visual or creative interests eg. photographs. If you mainly work from photographs, we also like to see some drawings, paintings and colour mixing studies made from direct observation. Your visual diary should provide evidence of your creative thinking, of artists whose work interests you and exhibitions you have seen recently.

Photography and Media Arts

Bring a generous selection of any of the following: photographs, collages, videos, drawings, sketchbooks, animations, websites, sound works, computer graphics, and documentation of audio-visual or performance work. You should also provide evidence of your interests in photography, the visual arts, cinema and/or popular culture – this can be in the form of a visual diary, blog or other journal style recording of your interests.

Printmedia and Drawing

Bring a generous selection (a minimum of 15) drawings, sketchbooks and examples of 2D or 3D works which give an indication of your creative interests, experience and skills. Visual diaries, journals and blogs of exhibitions and other evidence of your interests in art/design are also encouraged. Please note that prior experience with printmaking as a visual arts/design medium is not required, and you can demonstrate your suitability to study in the Printmedia and Drawing Workshop by bringing drawings, paintings and work in other media which demonstrates your abilities and interests in visual arts.

Sculpture

Bring a generous selection of drawings, sketchbooks and any examples of 3D works (or photographs of these works) which demonstrate creative thinking and hand skills in any media. Visual diaries, journals and blogs of exhibitions and other evidence of your interests in art/design are also encouraged. Please note that prior experience with formal sculpture as a visual arts/design medium is not required, and you can demonstrate your suitability to study sculpture by bringing work in any medium which demonstrates your ability to work with your hands in 2D and 3D and to think creatively.

Textiles

In addition to work with textile media, bring a generous selection of drawings, sketchbooks and examples of 2D or 3D works which give an indication of your creative interests, experience and skills. Please note that prior experience with textiles as a visual arts/design medium is not required, and you can demonstrate your suitability to study in the Textiles Workshop by bringing drawings, collages, paintings and work in other media which demonstrates your abilities and interests in visual arts. Visual diaries, journals and blogs of exhibitions and other evidence of your interests in art/design are also encouraged.

Study details

Bachelor of Visual Arts

Academic Plan: BVART
UAC Code: 139104
3 yrs full-time
144 units

Bachelor of Design

Academic Plan: BDESN
UAC Code: 139105
3 yrs full-time
144 units

 

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