Bachelor of Art and Design

Southern Cross University

The Bachelor of Art and Design provides a comprehensive grounding in the practical and theoretical aspects of contemporary visual arts practice. The theoretical component of the course instils an appreciation of both contemporary and historical perspectives applicable to contemporary art practice, curatorial practice and other careers in the arts industry. Students gain a diverse and rich studio experience in an atmosphere that nurtures and inspires creativity. They develop their skills working in well-equipped, purpose-built studios for painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, digital arts and design, and drawing. Students work under the guidance of academic staff, many of whom are active in the contemporary arts industry. The Lismore campus is a cultural hub at the centre of the dynamic arts scene of the Northern Rivers. Our art and design graduates have featured in some of Australia's most prestigious arts awards and their work regularly features in commercial and public galleries nationally and internationally. Many have gained further qualifications through Honours and PhD studies to become art researchers and academics, while continuing their art practices.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Lismore
Institution CRICOS: 01241G (NSW); 02621K (WA); 03135E (QLD); 02629B (VIC)


  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Mixed-media
  • 3D studies
  • Art theory
  • Curating
  • Studio drawing
  • Design

Southern Cross University is ranked in the Top 150 Young Universities in the world by Times Higher Education and is the number one university in Australia for international student support (2018 International Student Barometer).

Our student satisfaction, teaching and skills development ranking is higher than the Australian national average (2018 Course Experience Questionnaire by Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) and we work actively to sustain the high-level student experience and support that we are known for. Our exclusive career readiness and internship program is designed to provide our students with immersive industry experiences that will see them gain a competitive edge in the global job market. We help students achieve academic excellence through our merit-based scholarship opportunities.

For us, every student matters so we continuously find ways to innovate and provide our students with the best opportunities possible — in class and in the real world!

SCU highlights

  • In the top 150 Young Universities ranking in 2019 by Times Higher Education
  • Ranked first in Australia for International Student Support (2018 international Student Barometer)
  • Rated five stars for student support, teaching quality and social equity (The 2019 Good Universities Guide)
  • Our graduates’ median salary is higher than the national average
  • Unique trimester model for more work-life balance
  • Ongoing merit-based scholarships available for all students



Sydney, Melbourne and Perth branch campuses

Southern Cross University branch campuses are located in three of Australia’s best student cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The branch campuses are strategically located within the city centres, providing easy access to public transport. Undergraduate and postgraduate programs in business, accounting and information technology are delivered in a non-traditional approach.


Coffs Harbour, Lismore and the Gold Coast campuses

Southern Cross University campuses in Coffs Harbour and Lismore are set in 30 acres and 75 hectares of sprawling, lush sub-tropical grounds with state-of-the-art facilities that include the Learning Centre in Lismore and the Innovation Hub in Coffs Harbour. Southern Cross University’s third campus is located just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach in the Gold Coast, adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport.


EduCo conducts academic courses on behalf of Southern Cross University in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

We are number one in Australia for international student support (2018 International Student Barometer).

Our personalised international student support services on campus help students adjust and integrate positively to the Australian university life. We have dedicated multicultural support teams comprised of Student Welfare and Career Counsellors, Student Engagement Officers and Learning Advisors who are available to assist students with making their time at Southern Cross University truly meaningful and equitable.

Our unique career readiness and internship program provides students with professional trainings and immersive industry experiences that will help students gain a competitive edge in the Australian and global job market. Delivered by our industry partner, our goal is to equip our students with the skills and capabilities that will help them prepare for the global workplace and the micro-credentials to improve their employability upon graduation.

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