Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Partner facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBBusCom/BVMA
CRICOS code055211A
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


Course coordinator

Professor Shanthy Rachagan


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This double degree course provides foundation knowledge in a wide range of business and visual arts disciplines and a broad perspective on business.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

Bachelor of Business and Commerce component:

Refer to the single degree entry at

Bachelor of Visual Arts component:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of the visual arts in order to undertake sustained independent studio practice at professional level
  • identify and evaluate relevant research concepts in relation to aesthetics, history, theory and cultural issues pertinent to visual arts practice
  • critically assess contemporary discourse on visual and media arts, speculative design theory and research both locally and internationally
  • evolve their own aims, interests and vision, to be expressed through their studio work within the discipline of Visual and Media Arts with a high level of personal autonomy
  • interpret, represent and respond to the aesthetic, theoretical, historical and cultural contexts of Visual practice.

Professional recognition


The course has four main components:

  • a set of core units which provide an introduction to the key areas of business study
  • a set of core units which provide an introduction to the key areas of visual arts
  • a major from the Faculty of Business and Economics (this major must be selected from majors available on the student's campus of enrolment and all units taken as part of this major must be from the student's campus of enrolment)
  • a visual arts major and additional units from the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

Areas of study


Students must complete 32 units over a maximum of 10 years as follows:

Business and Commerce component

(a.) 16 units (96 points) taken from the Bachelor of Business and Commerce at the Gippsland campus as follows:

(i.) six compulsory common core units (36 points):

(ii.) a major of eight units (48 points):*

  • the major must come from the approved majors listed under 'Areas of study'
  • at least two units (12 points) must be completed at each of second and third-year levels

* Note: Depending on the major chosen, one of the units in the major may have already been studied as part of the group of common core units - where this is the case, students must complete an additional unit as detailed below.

(iii.) additional units selected from the faculty in the Bachelor of Business and Commerce at the Gippsland campus to reach the required 16 units

Additional Bachelor of Business and Commerce degree requirements:

  • a maximum of 14 units (84 points) of first-year level units
  • a minimum of eight units (48 points) of third-year level units
  • in addition to specific unit prerequisites, second-year level units require the successful completion of three first-year level units and third-year level units require the successful completion of two second-year level units.

Visual and Media Arts component

(b.) 16 units (96 points) from the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture as follows:

(i.) six compulsory units (36 points):

(ii.) a compulsory occupational health and safety unit (0 points):

  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety

(iii.) completion of a Visual arts studio major (36 points):

(iv.) completion of two units of theory with the prefix of TAD (12 points) at either second or third-year level

(v.) completion of two units (12 points) of complementary study chosen from either theory or studio disciplines.


Bachelor of Business and Commerce
Bachelor of Visual Arts
Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree, the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved (eg in the case of 'with honours' programs), the timing of study, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.