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  • Objectives
    CSU's Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) offers students a pathway to Visual Arts practice, in collaboration with TAFE. As future artists, designers, educators or arts managers, students can chose from a wide range of studio options including traditional fine art media such as painting and drawing through to multimedia, design and photography.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts)
  • Course description
    About the course

    The Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) at CSU includes an articulation arrangement with the TAFE NSW Riverina Institute, Wagga Wagga. Students wishing to undertake this program need to complete at least a Certificate IV in Fine Arts at TAFE before entering the second year of the program with CSU. Students completing either the Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Fine Art also qualify to continue onto the Fine Art program with CSU.

    As part of the course, students will study drawing, painting and printmaking. They will have the opportunity to study subjects from illustration, multimedia art, photography, graphic design, jewellery or set and costume design subjects for theatre and TV. To relate their studio work to the wider world of visual arts practice, students will also study art history and visual culture subjects.

    Whichever pathway you choose, Fine Art is about making artworks to communicate ideas, lived experiences, thoughts or feelings and to understand your relationship as an artist to the wider field of contemporary arts practice in Australia and internationally.

    Where it will take you

    The Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) offers a broad program of studies that will offer you numerous pathways toward rewarding careers including studio and exhibition practice in your area of expertise (e.g. painting or drawing), or in areas such as multimedia, photography, illustration and design practice, arts education, art gallery and museum administration, management or curation, conservation, community art and, of course, further postgraduate study, should you choose.

    Professionals teaching you

    The staff of the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) program at both CSU and TAFE NSW Riverina Institute offer students a wealth of experience as practicing professional artists in fields as diverse as drawing, painting, printmaking, multimedia art, photography, graphic design and illustration practice.

    Staff have extensive exhibition, commissions/project and industry experience across Australia and internationally and are dedicated to guiding students in their development as emerging professional artists, designers, arts managers or future teachers.

    Hands-on experience

    Students have individual work spaces and excellent Studio accommodation with access seven days a week. Students undertake professional exhibition practice in the Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery and other galleries across the state throughout their program of study.

    Articulation and credit

    Students who have completed the Certificate IV in Fine Arts through TAFE NSW Riverina Institute will receive 64 points credit, equivalent to the first year of the degree. All other credit applications are considered on a case by case basis.

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points including the 64 points credit for the completed TAFE Certificate IV/ Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts through TAFE NSW Riverina Institute.

    Further study

    Pathways are available for further postgraduate study toward Honours, Master and PhD programs. These programs include:

    Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) (Honours)
    Master of Arts (Honours)
    Doctor of Philosophy

    In addition, students may apply to enrol in the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) . On completion, graduates would be eligible to teach in secondary schools.

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