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  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Fine Art aims to produce professional practitioners in the contemporary visual arts.

    Within the Studio Studies program students choose from a menu of programs that provide a focus for their initial studies, according to specific technological and materials practices, such as the Photography Program that will introduce students to the technological and methods of both analogue and digital photographic practices. Similarly a student who opts for the Sculpture and Spatial Practice Program will be provided with the necessary skill and safe uses of materials.

    In addition to the major study in the studio students will be required to undertake the adjunct studies as a co-requisite including Art Theory and History (Critical and Theoretical Studies) and the courses delivered through the Common Curriculum.

    In first year you are introduced to a range of activities and begin to approach self-directed studio practice. You are encouraged to undertake studio projects that foster investigation and experimentation with a range of materials and processes.

    In second and third year you are involved in sustained exploration and experimentation with ideas, materials, procedures and methodologies of practice, leading to consolidation of a resolved body of artwork for inclusion in the Graduate Exhibition. The introduction of a professional practice component in second year begins to prepare students for independent professional artistic activity.

    In this multidisciplinary arts environment, students in the Bachelor of Fine Art will also undertake subjects through the Centre for Ideas. The common curriculum is a cross-disciplinary sequence of subjects examining the interaction between artistic practice and wider social, political and cultural contexts. The integration of intensive specialist art training with critical studies aims to produce artists who are not only highly technically
    and artistically skilled but also culturally and technologically literate.

    Subjects by Year

    Year 1
    • Studio Studies 1
    • Related Studies (discipline) 1
    • Critical and Theoretical Studies 1
    • The Artist in the World Part 1
    • Studio Studies 2
    • Related Studies (discipline) 2
    • Critical and Theoretical Studies 2
    • The Artist in the World Part 2

    Year 2
    • Studio Studies 3
    • Critical and Theoretical Studies 3
    • The World in the Artist 2A
    • Studio Studies 4
    • Elective or Independent Study Program
    • Critical and Theoretical Studies 4
    • The World in the Artist 2B

    Year 3
    • Studio Studies 5
    • Critical and Theoretical Studies 5
    • Collaborative Contract
    • Studio Studies 6
    • Critical and Theoretical Studies 6
    • Professional Development

    Major areas of study

    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture and Spatial Practice


    The Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) is a more advanced and specialised course of study requiring a higher standard of performance than the past degree. Students undertake a major studio project supported by a research paper. Major areas of study may be chosen from: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture and Spatial Practice.

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