Bachelor of Fine Art

Work one-on-one with some of Australia’s most successful artists, art theorists and cultural commentators to develop your visual language and create an art practice of relevance and value to contemporary culture.

From dedicated art studios and workshops you’ll explore the world of contemporary art, with access to tools and workspaces for painting, photography, sculpture, jewellery, glass, and printmaking, as well as some you might not expect, like 3D printing, laser cutting, and robotic manufacturing. The only limit is your own imagination.

A selection of works from our graduating Fine Art students, as presented in MADA Now 2020. Explore more...

Career possibilities

A Bachelor of Fine Art from Monash will prepare you for a career as a contemporary professional artist and provide you with adaptable creative skills that open a variety of career options in allied fields. Perhaps you’ll share your artistic passion and creativity as an educator. Perhaps you’ll have a career in arts administration, event management, community cultural programs, or in publishing, marketing, web design or art investment. Or, like many of our graduates, perhaps you’ll succeed as a practising artist, highly visible in the art community, exhibiting nationally and internationally.

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How the course works

You’ll build your skills, knowledge and experience of the art world as you explore painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, jewellery, glass and printmaking in our extensive facilities. You’ll also connect with exhibitions, talks and visits from acclaimed artists and art-world insiders as they visit from around the globe. And if you want to head around the world yourself as part of your studies, there are lots of ways you can.

From day one you’ll get hands-on in the studio learning all aspects of contemporary fine art. You’ll be introduced to the conceptual and material processes of contemporary art practice, and challenged to create your own works using a range of media and techniques.

Contemporary Practices: 38%, History and Theory: 25%, Electives or Double Degree: 25%, Common Unit: 12%

Also in Year 1, electives let you choose subjects from across Art, Design and Architecture or the rest of Monash to become the creative professional you want to be. If you choose to study a double degree, this will be subjects from your other degree instead.

Contemporary Practices: 50%, History and Theory: 25%, Electives or Double Degree: 25%

In Year 2, there’s all sorts of time for electives or your double degree. Choose electives from Fine Art or Art History and Curating to develop your interests and help achieve your career goals, or you could choose to go overseas via an exchange with another university, or at the Monash Prato Centre studying design in Europe – it’s up to you.

Contemporary Practices: 50%, Electives or Double Degree: 50%

In Year 3, you’ll develop an individual program of work reflecting your personal direction and evolving art practice. At the end of the year, the faculty transforms from studio space into one of Melbourne’s largest galleries, and you’ll be asked to select your best works for exhibition to friends and family, and to invited curators, artists and industry professionals.

Professional recognition

Monash University is ranked in the top 10 in Australia for Art, Design and Architecture by the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Study options,
Entry requirements,
and How to apply

It’s your choice: you can study the Bachelor of Fine Art as a single degree, or, with one extra year of study, graduate with two degrees by including it as part of a double degree.

Choose an option below for all the details.

Single degree

Double degrees

Top 5 reasons to study Fine Art at Monash

1

Double your career opportunities

Double degree combinations enable you to enhance or customise your degree – allowing you to graduate as a highly employable artist.

2

Express yourself

Explore your ideas in a safe, supportive and creative artistic community.

3

Learn from the best

You’ll learn from internationally recognised professional artists and art historians such as Emily Floyd, Luke Morgan, Callum Morton, Spiros Panigirakis, Stuart Ringholt, Michelle Antoinette, Kathy Temin and Daniel von Sturmer.

4

We’ll help you be a contemporary artist

Blend fine art skills and knowledge with other areas to be a multi‐disciplinary artist.

5

It’s all about the art studios

Hands‐on and highly experimental multi‐disciplinary studios inspire critical reflection and artistic self‐discovery.

Meet our graduates

Monash grads seek to make a positive difference in the world by taking on global problems and solving them with innovative design solutions. We’d like to introduce you to some of them. More graduates...

Image: Fine Art students start first year with a Drawing unit that has been developed to accommodate all levels of ability.