Arts and Fine Art - A2005

This highly relevant double degree is your stepping stone to a global career in the field of creative and cultural arts.

Co-located with the nationally significant Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), you’ll work with some of Australia’s most successful artists, art theorists and cultural commentators.

With our Bachelor of Arts you can choose from 40 different major and minor areas of study, including languages, social studies, communications, politics, human rights, and international relations to develop an informed, critical awareness of the fields you're most passionate about.

This course leads to two separate degrees. Depending upon your specialisation, you will be awarded one of:

  • Bachelor of Art History and Curating, or
  • Bachelor of Fine Art

and

  • Bachelor of Arts.

You will gain all the benefits of each degree course and be fully equipped to pursue a career in either field separately or to combine the two in your chosen work.

If you choose the Art History and Curating specialisation, you’ll develop your understanding and appreciation of art including its origins and significance. You’ll gain hands-on experience developing an exhibition concept and internship opportunities will develop your curating skills in ‘real-life’ situations.

Alternately, if you choose the Fine Art specialisation, you'll learn in an experimental studio-based setting enabling you to explore and develop a broad range of art practices including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, jewellery, glass and printmaking, as well as studying video art, film, installation practices and 3D printing modelling for artists.

With our Bachelor of Arts you can choose from 40 different major and minor areas of study, including languages, social studies, communications, politics, human rights, and international relations to develop an informed, critical awareness of the fields you're most passionate about.

Through this study, you’ll develop a broad base of knowledge that sets you up for a career in Australia or abroad.

Career options

Art historian, curator, independent contemporary artist, arts administrator, arts journalist, writer, art collector, studio manager, filmmaker, museum or gallery curator, creative business entrepreneur, digital artist, web and UX design, film and television production, political careers, human rights, and linguistics professional.

Discover how our global alumni are making their mark in the world.

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At a glance

Subject prerequisites
English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
Note:

Depending upon your Arts major you may take the Arts component at Clayton or Caulfield.

Duration
  • 4 years (full time)
  • 8 years (part time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

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 requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Application for the Bachelor of Fine Art is based on a range of criteria made up of:

  • digital folio of 10-15 pieces of your original artwork,
  • 300 written statement, and
  • ATAR or GPA Apply via VTAC.

Visit monash.edu/mada/apply for more information and to submit your digital folio and a written statement.

Please note the Bachelor of Art History and Curating is ATAR only. It does NOT require a digital folio or written statement.

The Bachelor of Arts is a comprehensive course. In the double degree course you complete:

A. Arts specified study

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.

B. Arts listed major

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.

The 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 Art history and curating specialisation, these will come together through an internship and a final research project. In the Fine Art specialisations these will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the third year of the course.

A. History and theory studies

History and theory units will equip you with the skills necessary to research fine art 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.

B. Drawing foundation

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

C. Fine art knowledge and practice

Through this component of the course you will develop key skills and concepts particular to your Fine Art 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 Art history and curating will have the opportunity to interact with topics and students from a range of relevant fields in the Arts.

Students specialising in Fine Art will engage with and integrate specific professional fields from related areas into their practice.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Course codes for applying directly to Monash:

  • Art history and curating - A20052
  • Fine art - A20051

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

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

Commonwealth supported places (CSP) are available for this course. The student contribution amount for 2021 is yet to be confirmed by the Australian government. Fees to be advised.

Full fee

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

A$30,800

Scholarships

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.