Fine Art - F3701

Fine Art

Bachelor degree (honours year)

The MADA BFA Honours degree offers a highly focused environment for students who want the opportunity to undertake independent research in Studio Practice or Art History and Theory. The program challenges and develops the material, visual, conceptual and theoretical skills of the student within a critically engaged and supportive environment. Students graduate as practitioners informed about their particular area of expertise and its context in the wider field of contemporary arts. The MADA BFA Honours degree will develop your practice and research skills for a career in the contemporary arts and/or Higher Degree research.

The MADA BFA Honours degree is a prestigious program in the discipline and practice of Fine Art for high achieving students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree.

Students have the opportunity to work with leading researchers and artist practitioners in the Fine Arts at one of Australia's leading research universities. They have access to specialised workshops, studios, and the Monash Library, as well as the Monash University Museum of Art and its unique collection of contemporary Australian Art and exhibition program.

In the MADA BFA Honours Degree, you will undertake a combination of coursework and research, producing an independent research project in Fine Art Studio or Art History and Theory, in your selected area of specialisation. Your research will be developed through working closely with a supervisor who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling.Satisfactory completion of this course will provide the preparation necessary to undertake a Masters by Research degree or a Doctorate (PhD) degree.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • 1 year (full time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)
Course Handbook

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


Successful completion of an Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in an art and design field.

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English entry requirements

Level A
IELTS: 6.5 overall (no band lower than 6.0) TOEFL Paper-based test: 550 with a TWE of 4.5 TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 79 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 21, Listening: 12, Reading: 13 and Speaking: 18 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.


What should you include in your folio?

Your folio should include 10-15 pieces of work. For applicants focussing on Fine Art Studio, the works should be carefully selected to showcase the technical skills, visual sophistication and current theoretical interests of work produced either during your undergraduate degree or in a course of independent study. For applicants focussing on Art History and Theory that could be a selection of essays produced either during your undergraduate degree or in a course of independent study. Supporting research activity such as drawings, sketchbooks, notebooks or journals that demonstrate your developmental and working processes can be presented at your interview. Your folio will be assessed on the following criteria, which also form the agenda and expectations for study during the honours year:

The selection of and capability with techniques and materials appropriate to the research topic under investigation.

Evidence of an informed and reasoned approach to creative practice: an awareness of the scope of the subject matter chosen for investigation; and knowledge of relevant precedents and the current context for such practice.

Evidence in the work to date of a sustained investigation of the initial premise and where necessary the expansion or re-definition of the parameters of the inquiry.

The ability to formally resolve ideas in a way communicable to the assessors / interviewers, as appropriate to the line of inquiry undertaken and level of completion reached.

Divergent thinking
The capacity for the candidate to operate in a way that is original in relation to the precedents and parameters identified for their practice, contributing to current debates concerning their particular interest in the international field.

Assessments / written submission

Research Proposal

Your research proposal should contain the followingheadlines:

The proposed title of your project.

Research topic outline
A one to three sentence description that briefly encapsulates your project.

This should be brief, a one or two paragraph description of your current workor study (150 words).

A description of your proposed project or thesis including the historical andtheoretical contexts relevant to your project (300-500 words).

Using point form, an outline of the aims of your project or thesis(approximately 5 distinct aims – 100 words).

A description of your research methods, studio or theoretical giving anindication of the motives that guide the research and suggesting approaches toyour work and reading that you expect to follow to achieve the aims (200words).

Prior Reading
Using point form, an outline of the key texts and research topics that haveinformed your practice to date.

Also, please include a coversheet which states:

  • Proposal for Honours degree of the Bachelor --
  • Monash University Art Design & Architecture
  • Your full name and academic qualifications
  • The proposed title and research topic outline
  • The date

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course.More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students

First Semester (February)

Apply directly to Monash.

If you need more information, contact the faculty.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: F3701

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 067729E

This course consists of a combination of coursework and research. In the coursework component you will develop advanced theoretical and/or technical knowledge of Fine Art and appropriate research methodologies. In the research component you will plan and execute a research project under the individual guidance of an academic supervisor.

Honours is available in: Fine Art Studio or Art History and Theory.