Academic Support

New students are encouraged to join us for a full day of orientation on the first day of the semester. The orientation provides you with important introductory information about the course and familiarises you with the campus before classes commence. The orientation incudes presentations from the Department Heads, Student Association, Counsellor, Curator, Level 1 Coordinator and Student Liaison Officer. New students also receive a Library induction, safety and security briefing, tour of our facilities and lunch with peers  and lecturers

Academic and Enrolment Guidance
The Student Liaison Officer is available by appointment to discuss queries and concerns relating to enrolment, subject choices and workload and to provide general study advice, guidance and support.

Essay Writing and Research Support
The Student Liaison Officer provides essay writing and research support through group workshops and individual meetings. You are referred for these services by a lecturer or may also self-refer, in which case the Student Liaison Officer will assess your support requirements. The Librarian also provides research support and delivers workshops throughout the year.

Peer Learning
The Peer Learning Program is designed to provide information, guidance and advice to help you navigate the demands of the BVA. The current Peer Learning Program includes IT workshops and a weekly Study Club. More info here.

Academic counselling
If you are experiencing ongoing or significant issues relating to academic progress and / or attendance you may be required to attend an academic counselling meeting with the Academic Administration Manager or Student Liaison Officer and the lecturer of the relevant unit. This is an early intervention process aimed at supporting your academic progress.

Individual academic support
In certain cases we approve one-on-one academic support from lecturers. This may include a set number of hours over the term or a one-off session. Circumstances in which individual academic support may be approved include when you have a study support plan in place, you are transitioning from secondary school directly into the BVA, or you have experienced a disruption to your studies due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
We are committed to supporting the engagement and participation of ATSI peoples in our degree programs. We recognise and respect Indigenous knowledge and our goal is further understanding of Indigenous perspectives, knowledge systems, cultures and histories through our curriculum, particularly in the context of visual art.
Our Strategy for Indigenous Participation and Engagement outlines our approach to supporting ATSI student success. As part of this strategy, ATSI students are eligible to receive individual tuition from academic staff at no cost. Please contact our Student Liaison Officer if this is of interest to you.

For information on Academic Support Services, contact our friendly Student Liaison Officer, Andrew Herpich, on 8299 7300 or andrew.herpich(at)