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.
NOTE: For learning outcomes and other relevant information of this double degree, refer to the single degree entries:
The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double-degree course and receive the awards.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-a2005.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
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 F2003 Bachelor of Fine Art component, of which the specialisation completed must be visual arts
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 eight units selected from those listed under any major or minor offered in the Bachelor of Arts including at least one arts listed minor (24 points) in an area of study different to your chosen arts major from Part B. A minor requires four units with no more than two units (12 points) at level 1. You may replace the minor with a second arts major by using elective units available in Part A.
It is recommended that you complete level two units in more than one area of arts to give you options for finalising your choice of major at level three.
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.
Complete at least one arts listed major. A major requires eight units with no more than two units at level one (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level three.
If you intend to undertake an honours year you should ensure you complete the specific units required as a pre-requisite for honours in your chosen major area of study.
Minors and majors
Note: Psychology is taught by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Fine art component (visual arts specialisation)
Bachelor of Fine Art 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 as 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
- DWG2506Not offered in 2019 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
- PHO2202Not offered in 2019 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 in the space of art
- PTG2035 Interventions: Feminist and conceptual practices
- SCU1021 Contemporary casting
- SCU1022 Sculptural construction: Woodworking and welding
- SCU2021 Advanced moulding and casting
- SCU2022Not offered in 2019 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
You may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Visual Arts after three years, depending on the units studied.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A and B for the Bachelor of Arts.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Visual Arts prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Parts A, B, C and D for the Bachelor of Visual Arts degree.
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.