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Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

About this course

The Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is four year (full-time or part-time equivalent) combined degree in secondary education. The course provides a strong foundation of knowledge in teaching subjects for the secondary school curriculum and in the professional practice of teaching. This degree provides the qualification necessary to teach visual arts in secondary schools. The course is flexible, enabling students to complete a second teaching subject to expand their employment opportunities in high demand areas.

The core education units can be studied either on-campus or by distance education. Distance education requires students to attend two two-day workshops on campus.

Career opportunities

In addition to teaching in secondary schools and colleges, graduates also work in a range of training and development settings in industry, and the arts.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards and is nationally recognised. Graduates meet the qualification requirements for accreditation/registration as a teacher in schools across all Australian states and territories.

Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.

Professional placement

Education students complete a program of practical in-school teaching experiences during the course, culminating in a seven-week in-school professional development experience, for students to demonstrate their independent and professional capabilities as secondary school teachers.

Major areas of study

Students undertake Visual Arts as their first teaching subject and can also select to study a second teaching subject including English, modern history, geography or mathematics. The education component of the combined degree also provides studies in the professional practice of teaching.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. Most units have progressive assessment with marks typically allocated across a combination of assessment tasks due at different times during the study period. Some units may also include a formal examination at the end of the study period. Assessment requirements for each unit are advised in writing to students at the commencement of each study period with clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment task.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

Applicants for admission to candidature must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or demonstrate proficiency of English by:

  1. International English Language Test System (IELTS). The applicant must have a minimum overall score of 7.5, including a minimum result of 8.0 in both the speaking and listening modules and 7.0 in reading and writing.

    or
  2. International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR). The applicant must have a score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) must meet the entry requirements of the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of a combined degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
    2. two (2) sequential units in a curriculum specialisation (which must accord with the First Teaching Subject selected for Course Requirement (a)(iii), below, from Part B of the Schedule; and
    3. a minimum of six (6) sequential units (i.e. First Teaching Subject) from Part C of the Schedule of Units, as determined by the Course Coordinator from the School of Education, to ensure equivalence and compliance with the Minimum Requirements for Eligibility for Accreditation to Teach in a NSW Secondary School, as determined from time to time by the NSW Institute of Teachers or its successor; and
    4. Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Contemporary Music/Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Education must complete two (2) units from Part D; and
    5. Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education students must also complete all units in Part E.
    6. Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education students must complete Biology as a First Teaching Subject, and Chemistry as a Second Teaching Subject, and Earth and Environmental Science as a Second Teaching Subject.
    7. The balance of units will be selected from Part B, Part C, Part D or Part E of the Schedule of Units.
  2. A candidate who as part of the combined degrees completes a First Teaching Subject from Part C of the Schedule of Units:
    1. in English or Modern History or Geography or Mathematics is eligible for a combined degree which includes a Bachelor of Arts
    2. in Biology is eligible for a combined degree which includes a Bachelor of Science
    3. in Visual Arts is eligible for a combined degree which includes a Bachelor of Visual Arts
    4. in Music is eligible for a combined degree which includes a Bachelor of Contemporary Music
    5. in PDHPE is eligible for a combined degree which includes a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.
  3. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Visual Arts may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Visual Arts following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree.
  4. Permission to undertake a practicum will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of the School of Education.

Duration of Course

Normally, unless the School Board otherwise determines, a candidate shall complete the requirements for the combined degree in not more than ten (10) years from the date of commencement.

Advanced standing

  1. Advanced standing will be determined by the School Board responsible for the unit for which advanced standing is sought, or in the case of unspecified advanced standing, by the School Board responsible for the award in which it is sought.
  2. In granting the advanced standing also refer to the Course Requirements for the relevant single degree.
  3. Advanced standing greater than the limits of Rule 2 Section 4 Clause (23) (Rules Relating to Awards) may be granted by the relevant School Board, which shall notify Academic Board of all instances.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'