Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art - 2018

Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Art, Design and Architecture.

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty


Partner faculty

Art, Design and Architecture

Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit the Arts undergraduate programsundergraduate programs ( website

Admission and fees


Course progression map

A2005 (pdf)

Course type


Standard duration

4 years FT, 8 years PT

Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Visual Arts

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Visual Arts

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


This double degree course will immerse you in a range of conceptual and practical approaches to art making through workshops and classes to help develop your studio practice, while giving you a sound knowledge of the theories and practices that arts, social science and humanities professionals use every day.

Combining a specialisation in the visual arts with your choice of 40 majors and minors from our arts degree means you can discover subjects you never knew existed and you can tailor your studies to your academic or personal interests, while exploring different career options.

Arts combined with visual arts can open doors in the creative economy and provide opportunities in a diverse range of public contexts. You'll develop the kind of transferable skills employers are looking for - communication, teamwork, research, critical thinking and cultural sensitivity.



The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double-degree course and receive the awards.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 192 points:

1. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in A2000 Bachelor of Arts component, of which:

  • no more than 36 points of level 1 units can be completed
  • at least 24 points must be completed at level 3

2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A, B, C and D as described below in F2002 Bachelor of Fine Art component, of which the specialisation completed must be visual arts

Arts component

Bachelor of Arts is a comprehensive course and in the double degree course you complete Arts specified study and an Arts listed Major.

Part A. Arts specified study (48 points)

This will expose you to several arts disciplines areas of study contributing breadth to your knowledge of the arts, humanities and social sciences. It will also give you the opportunity to learn about several areas of study before finalising your choice of major and minor.

You must complete:

a. an arts minor (24 points) with no more than two units (12 points) at level 1

b. a further 24 points of units listed under any major, extended major or minor offered in the Bachelor of Arts which can be used to:

  • broaden your studies in arts
  • study a second minor
  • add to your minor to create a second major
  • add to your major in Part B to create an extended major where available.

You must choose your minor from one of the arts areas of study listed under Part B and any remaining units in this Part must be from those offered by the Faculty of Arts.

It is recommended that you complete level 2 units in more than one area of arts to give you options for finalising your choice of major at level 3.

Part B. Arts listed major (48 points)

This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in one Faculty of Arts listed major area of study. You will learn to critically analyse, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of the area of study.

You must complete:

  • an arts listed major (48 points) with no more than two units at level one (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level three.

You must choose these 48 points from the arts areas of study listed below.

You may add to your major to form an extended major where available by using arts units from Part A.

If you intend to progress to an honours year, you must have completed a major in a related discipline, with a minimum of 24 points of study at level 3 to be eligible.

Arts areas of study

Note: Psychology is taught by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

The table of minors, majors and extended majors by campus details if an area of study is available as a minor, major or extended major.

Fine art component (visual arts specialisation)

Bachelor of Fine Arts is a specialist course that develops through theme studies in history and theory, drawing, and fine art knowledge and practice. In the visual arts specialisation, these will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the course.

Visual arts specialisation

Part A. History and theory studies (24 points)

History and theory units will equip you with the skills necessary to research fine arts issues and provide the research methods relevant to your studio or workshop practice. They will enable you to contextualise your own practice and communicate ideas and strategies. Through the prism of history, as well as reference to bodies of knowledge relevant to cultural production, you will begin to situate the place of fine art in society.

You must complete:

  • AHT1101 Introduction to visual culture in art, design and architecture
  • AHT1102 Modernism and the avant-garde
  • AHT2102 International art 1945-1990
  • one additional unit (6 points) from art history and theory AHT-coded units listed above or any other AHT unit so long as you have the prerequisites and there are no restrictions on admission to the unit

Part B. Drawing foundation (6 points)

This will assist you to develop the perceptual, practical and intellectual skills required by art, design and architecture students in the discipline of drawing.

You must complete:

Part C. Fine art knowledge and practice (66 points)

Through this component of the course you will develop key skills and concepts particular to the visual arts specialisation. Through lectures and seminars, studios or practice driven workshops, you will develop the capacity for independent cultural production within fine art and related fields.

Interdisciplinary skills and understanding will be explored, as well as critical thinking. Students specialising in visual arts will engage with and integrate specific professional fields from related areas into their practice.

You must complete:

and three units (18 points) from the following fine art workshops in drawing, film, glass, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture:

  • DWG2501 Drawing: Landscape, space and environment
  • DWG2504 Drawing: Advanced studies 1
  • DWG2506 Drawing: Social based strategies
  • DWG2507 Drawing: Conceptual studies 1
  • DWG2508 Drawing: Conceptual studies 2
  • DWG2509 Drawing: The body 1
  • DWG2511 Drawing: Anatomy 1
  • DWG3516 Drawing: Anatomy 2
  • DWG3518 Drawing: Advanced studies 2
  • DWG3519 Drawing: The body 2
  • FNA2003 3D digital modelling for artists
  • FNA2903 Art and design in film
  • FNA3903 Film practice
  • GLS1211 Contemporary glass practices
  • GLS2213 Contemporary glass sculpture
  • JWL1311 Jewellery practice and theory 1
  • JWL1312 Jewellery practice and theory 2
  • JWL2313 Jewellery practice and theory 3
  • JWL2314 Jewellery practice and theory 4
  • PHO1203 Photographic imaging
  • PHO1204 Digital imaging for contemporary art
  • PHO2202 Advanced digital photography
  • PHO2204 Video art and the moving image 1
  • PHO2207 Photographic processes
  • PHO2208 Photo light studio
  • PRM1001 The contemporary print: Etching and relief printmaking
  • PRM1511 Artists' books
  • PRM2401 Screenprinting and the contemporary poster
  • PRM2512 Artists' books 2
  • PTG1001 Painting introduction: Materials and methods
  • PTG2031 Abstraction and non-objective painting
  • PTG2032 Painting: Installation and the expanded field
  • PTG2033 Representational painting: Narrative and figuration
  • PTG2034 Sound and space: Dematerialised form
  • PTG2035 Interventions: Feminist and conceptual practices
  • SCU1021 Contemporary casting
  • SCU1022 Sculptural construction: Woodworking and welding
  • SCU2021 Advanced moulding and casting
  • SCU2022 Site specificity: Sculptural and installation interventions

Part D. Occupational health and safety study (0 points)

This will introduce you to occupational health, safety and environmental training particularly within the context of studying art, design and architecture.

You must complete:

OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety

Alternative exits

You may be eligible to exit this double degree course early and graduate with one of the single awards once you have successfully completed all the requirements described above for the single degree component and have completed a total of:

  • 144 points to exit with a Bachelor of Arts
  • 144 points to exit with the Bachelor of Fine Arts

Progression to further studies


You may be eligible to apply for a one-year honours course once you have successfully completed this double degree, or have completed all of the requirements for one of the single degrees including a total of 144 points. The following honours courses apply:

  • A3701 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • F3701 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)

You are usually eligible to apply for honours if you achieve a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level 3. This sometimes also means you need to have completed specific units.