Fine Art and Media Communication - F2013

In this practice-led double degree you’ll gain a specialised knowledge of the art world combined with the literary and narrative skills of a media and industry savvy communication professional.

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.

In Media Communications you'll specialise in journalism, media, public relations or screen, learning from leading industry professionals to build your skills and knowledge as a creative and multi-skilled media specialist.

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 Media Communication

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.

In Media Communication you can choose between four specialisations: journalism, media, public relations or screen. You’ll learn from leading industry professionals like television anchors and journalists, award-winning writers, producers and creative directors. You'll gain practical and work-ready skills and graduate ready to shape the future of contemporary art, media and communication.

This double degree is a practice-led course that will equip you with the skills to succeed in a creative and influential career as a curator and contemporary art specialist in the professional media and communication sector.

Career options
This degree will create a new generation of thinkers, future-driven artists and media communication professionals who will dare to create positive change across all endeavours and shape the future of contemporary art, media and communication.

Discover how our global Art History and Curating and Fine Art 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
Duration
  • 4 years (full time)
  • 8 years (part time)
Start date
First semester (February)
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

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

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:

  • a digital folio of 10-15 pieces of your original artwork
  • a 300 word written statement (Domestic and onshore applicants only. International applicants do not need to submit a written statement.)
  • your ATAR or GPA

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 or GPA only. It does NOT require a digital folio or written statement.

Folio

Bachelor of Fine Art

As part of your application, you must submit a digital folio of 10-15 pieces of your original artwork. What you choose to submit is up to you! Works such as paintings or sculptures should be photographed clearly.

You may also wish to include pages from your journal, showing progression of works from ideas to completion. You will have the option of submitting individual images, or one digital folio, or a link to an online folio, or a combination of any of these three options.

Bachelor of Art History and Curating

No additional requirements.

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.

Part A. History and theory studies

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.

Part 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.

Part 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.

The Bachelor of Media Communication is a specialist course, developed through three themes that combine to underpin media communication practice: strategic knowledge, practical and professional skills, and collaboration and leadership. In the double degree course you complete:

Part A. Strategic knowledge

Builds students' competence in analysing and understanding the current state and past developments in media communication locally and globally; understanding impacts of media and communication transformation, and media power; creating future scenarios and media communication visions by developing students' preparedness and adaptability for future media communication change and creativity.

Part B. Practical and professional skills

This involves developing students' competencies in linking knowledge and media practice in professional contexts, such as conceptual and implementation skills, project and content management skills, hands-on experience in putting knowledge into practice, and thereby testing and creatively experimenting with (strategic) knowledge about media transitions and transformations. It also involves developing students' competency in ethical and legal aspects of media communication.

Part C. Collaboration and leadership

This involves competencies necessary for students to work in teams and in different knowledge communities and media communication professional settings. It includes competence in engaging with stakeholders, media literacy, and participatory research and media making in collaboration with experts from academia, industry, government, and the community. It also includes competency in social and cross-cultural awareness.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for on-campus studies should be made 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

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.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2021 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:

A$13,000

Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

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

A$30,800