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How do I become a secondary Visual Arts teacher?

Visual Arts teachers engage students in various styles of artistic expression and help students develop practical and theoretical skills across various artistic traditions and forms.

What do I need to study?

To become a Visual Arts Teacher you will need to study one of the following options below.

On successful completion of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) or the Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours), you will meet the criteria to apply for registration as a teacher in South Australia and interstate. Other criteria may apply.


Four year undergraduate Honours degree.

Take a direct path into secondary teaching with a four year undergraduate Honours degree. Complete a major and sub-major in the Learnings Areas of your choice, both teachable from years 7 – 12.

Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours) - SATAC Code 443003

AND Choose 
> Visual Arts
(as either your major or sub-major Learning Area)


Packaged Bachelor and Master program.

Consider a packaged program to guarantee your place into the Master of Teaching (Secondary)^. Apply directly to SATAC using the unique code listed.

Choose the Bachelor of Contemporary Art/Master of Teaching (Secondary)
(SATAC Code 424811)

^subject to meeting GPA requirements and subject selection


Bachelor degree with Master option.

Enjoy the flexibility of completing a bachelor degree with the option to continue with postgraduate studies in teaching and graduate in five years.

Choose the Bachelor of Contemporary Art
(SATAC Code 424801)

On successful completion of your undergraduate degree, you will need to apply via SATAC and enrol in the following postgraduate program in teaching with UniSA:

Master of Teaching (Secondary) – Arts Education 
(SATAC code: 4CM114)


To maximise your opportunities for placement as a Visual Arts teacher, it is recommended that courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or printmaking are undertaken. At least one course in painting or drawing is highly recommended. 

Other requirements

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