Fine Art - F3701

Fine Art

Bachelor degree (honours year)

Advance your Contemporary Fine Art or Curatorial Practice

The Monash Bachelor of Fine Art Honours degree offers a highly focused environment for artists and curators who want the opportunity to undertake independent research in Studio Practice or Art History and Theory.

This honours program will challenge and develop your material, visual, conceptual and theoretical skills within a critically engaged and supportive environment. You will graduate as a practitioner informed in a particular area of expertise and its context in the wider field of contemporary arts. The Monash Bachelor of Fine Art Honours degree will develop your practice and research skills for a career in the contemporary arts and/or Higher Degree research.

Top 3 reasons to study Fine Art Honours at Monash

  1. Research intensive focus to extend your artistic practice.
  2. Broaden your industry connections, study with Monash academics and practising artists
  3. Graduate ready for professional practice or transition to further research opportunities.

The Monash Bachelor of Fine Art 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.

You will have the opportunity to broaden your network while working with leading academics, researchers and artists and historians in the field of Fine Art at one of Australia's leading research universities. You will have access to specialised workshops, studios, spaces, the Library and all its resources, as well as a trio of galleries from MADA Gallery, Intermission Gallery and Monash University Museum of Art and its unique collection of contemporary Australian Art and exhibition program.

In this Honours year, 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.

At the end of the year you will exhibit your work to industry, the Melbourne art community, family and friends at MADA Now our annual graduate exhibition.

Satisfactory completion of this course will provide the preparation necessary to undertake a Masters by Research degree or a Doctorate (PhD) degree.

Our graduates make a significant contribution to the local and international contemporary art community and have impact and influence on our culture.

You’ll graduate ready for professional practice or transition to further research opportunities.

Our graduates are working in diverse roles including:

  • Contemporary artist across all mediums
  • Art writers and theorists
  • Curators, museum and gallery professionals
  • Teachers, academics and researchers
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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • 1 year (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
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 (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in an art and design field with at least a distinction average (70%) in 24 points of level three units in the intended honours discipline.

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

Domestic applicants:
Applicants must attend an interview with a folio of their work and submit a detailed proposal outlining the aims, objectives and method of presentation of final submission.

International applicants:
Applicants must submit a folio of their work for assessment and a detailed proposal outlining the aims, objectives and method of presentation of final submission.


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, including pathways for Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. .More about special admissions schemes...

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.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code F3701

You must also submit a folio and draft research proposal. Applications received by 12 November will be considered for early offers into this course. Applications received after that time will be considered if places are available.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.

Apply to Monash

Submit your folio and draft research proposal

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


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.



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.