Fine Art - F2003

Highly regarded by the Australian arts industry and internationally recognised, Monash Fine Art is a dynamic and culturally diverse community that encourages freedom of expression.

Our Bachelor of Fine Art has two specialisations which you select when you apply:

  • Bachelor of Fine Art (Single and Double Degrees)
  • Bachelor of Art History and Curating (Single and Double Degrees)

Fine Art is a studio-based degree with a strong focus on contemporary fine art. You develop and engage your ideas in tandem with learning new skills, techniques, materials and mediums. At Monash, the studio is a shared space for experimentation, collaboration and learning. With purpose-built facilities, Monash Fine Art connects emerging artists with resources, professional practice, expert industry knowledge and a dynamic artist community.

Art History and Curating develops your understanding and appreciation of art including its origins and significance, making you ready for a career in art history, criticism, curating and cultural production. Uniquely you study alongside Artists and Practitioners and have access to a range of on-campus student galleries and the extensive contemporary art collection of Monash University Museum of Art, so that you are already part of the art community gaining first-hand experience and insights.

Monash University's highly focused Art, Design and Architecture environment offers engaging, exciting and challenging opportunities to extend your talents and support your transition to a creative occupation.

Our lecturers are nationally and internationally recognised practising artists, art historians and cultural commentators. They are passionate about teaching contemporary art, bringing their innovative contemporary art practice and industry experience to your education.

Fine Art at Monash is distinctive for its establishment of a cross-disciplinary foundation for your first-year studies. You will work and collaborate within and across established and emergent disciplines and technologies.

You will work with professional artists and practitioners from allied creative fields such as art theory, administration and curatorial practice, developing essential connections and highly transferable skills.

You will study and work within a vibrant cultural precinct, including MUMA (the Monash University Museum of Art), Ian Potter Sculpture Court, MADA Gallery, and Runt and Link Spaces.

Take an immersive study semester at Monash Prato Centre. The centre is in an 18th-century palazzo in Tuscany, with access to some of the world's greatest art and design work and the location of the world's premier art event, the Venice Biennale.

Our award-winning graduates exhibit nationally and internationally and engage with the many opportunities offered in professional and creative fields.

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements (International students)

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

At the time of enrolment in a course at Monash University, you must be at least 17 years of age.

View all minimum age requirements.

All Monash undergraduate courses require you to have successfully completed a minimum of an Australian Year 12 qualification (or equivalent) and achieve the required academic entry score. Most Monash faculties generally use your most recent studies for admission however other guidelines may apply where your prior qualification may be considered.

Entry requirements for each qualification level are as follows:

All Monash undergraduate courses require you to satisfy English entry requirements in one of the following ways:

If you do not meet the above English proficiency test scores, consider Monash English Bridging. Some Monash courses however do not accept Monash English Bridging.

The English measures outlined above must be completed within 2 years prior to the Monash course commencement date (other time limitations may apply as outlined in the Monash University Procedure). If you have completed several measures of English proficiency over a period of time, the highest valid measure will be accepted.

Monash University reserve the right to ask students to complete an English proficiency test to meet English course requirements upon request.

Further information can be located at English language requirements.

All Monash University undergraduate courses require you to have previously studied and achieved required Australian level standards in certain specific subject known as prerequisite subjects.

You must satisfy the following prerequisite subject requirements for this course:

Meeting prerequisite subject requirements from other international qualifications:

You can still meet the above prerequisite subject requirements if you have completed other international qualifications. These subjects will be assessed on a case by case basis when you apply.

You must satisfy the following additional requirements for this course:

Selection requirements

Alternative pathways

If you don't satisfy the requirements for direct entry consider these pathway options.

With a specialist degree at Monash you begin study in your area of interest immediately. These degrees are designed to ensure you have the right combination of expertise and knowledge needed for your professional field.

The degree develops through three areas - studies in history and theory and fine art knowledge, studio practice (for Fine Art) and practice (Art History and Curating) and electives.

In the Art history and curating specialisation you also undertake an internship and a final research project. In the Fine Art specialisations, there is a public exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the third year of the course.

Learn about key moments in art history by selecting from units that align with your interest. Explore different periods and places in European art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through to the rise of global events like the Art Biennale. Investigate how the art of the mid-20th century used mediums like photography, performance and multimedia to explore issues of identity, gender and sexuality.

Look beyond western societies and explore the art, people and cultures of regions such as Asia, the Pacific, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Indigenous art. This course is where you'll develop your communications skills and ability to discuss, engage with and evaluate cultural products.

Partner with another course

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Current VCE or IB students studying in Victoria should apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre. If you are applying to the Bachelor of Fine Art (not the Bachelor of Art History and Curating), you will also need to register with MADA to submit your digital folio and written statement.

Apply through VTAC

Register with MADA

All other applicants should apply directly to Monash. If you are applying to the Bachelor of Fine Art (not the Bachelor of Art History and Curating), you’ll also need to attach a digital copy of your folio.

Apply directly to Monash

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 fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

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(s):

  • Art history and curating - F20033: 085529G
  • Fine art - F20031: 075112E