Fine Arts/Arts - 4812

Program Summary

Faculty: College of Fine Arts


Campus: College of Fine Arts Campus

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 28

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 421000

ATAR: 73  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Arts (Major)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts (BFA BA) is a 4-year dual award program which combines an education in the humanities, social sciences and the creative and performing arts with a qualification designed for those who may wish to involve themselves as practitioners in the visual arts or related fields

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Students will acquire a sound knowledge base in both in the Fine Arts and in their chosen specialisation/s in the Bachelor of Arts component of their degree.

The BFA component aims to:
  1. Provide an opportunity for students to undertake rigorous and demanding studies at tertiary level from a wide range of approaches and disciplines within the visual arts.
  2. Provide the opportunity for students to explore the visual arts through a critical examination of the possibilities they offer and by use of available technological resources.
  3. Encourage students to develop increased self-motivation as developing independent and professional practitioners.
  4. Provide students with:
  • an understanding of concepts relevant to aesthetics and the visual arts;
  • understanding of various media through practice and experimentation with such media;
  • an understanding of research practice in fine arts, and a capacity to engage with research;
  • a confidence and competence in decision making, together with an appreciative and informed awareness of viewpoints in the visual arts other than their own; and
  • an understanding of the historical and theoretical underpinning of contemporary fine art practice.
5. Encourage students to realise their own intellectual and creative potential.
6. Increase students' awareness of, and sensitivity to, their environment.
The Program Objectives of the UNSW BA are:
  • To develop informed understanding of human experience, human culture and human society
  • To teach the tools and methods of understanding associated with Humanities and Social Science disciplines, and to encourage students to perceive the relationships between these disciplinesTo encourage the breadth of vision and critical thinking associated with interdisciplinary scholarship and research
  • To enable students to place contemporary Australian society and culture in an historical and comparative context
  • To engage critically with fundamental questions about value in both ethical and aesthetic contexts
  • To develop the skills of critical, creative and imaginative thinking about society, culture and the arts
  • To promote the techniques and value of reasoned and openminded discussion and debate
  • To foster understanding of the experiences and world-views of other times, other places, and other cultures.
The Graduate Attributes for this Program are as follows:
  1. The skills involved in scholarly enquiry
  2. The ability to engage in independent and reflective learning
  3. Information Literacy - the skills to locate, evaluate and use relevant information
  4. The capacity for enterprise, initiative and creativity
  5. A capacity to contribute to, and work within, the international community
  6. The skills required for collaborative and multidisciplinary work
  7. A respect for ethical practice and social responsibility
  8. The skills of effective communication
  9. An in-depth engagement with the relevant disciplinary knowledge in its interdisciplinary context.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts consists of:

BFA component 96 UOC

Compulsary courses:
  • Fine Art Studios (24 UOC)
  • Fine Arts, Design or Media Arts Studios (24 UOC)
  • Art History and Theory (SAHT) courses (12UOC)
Students choose from the following COFA Studios:

Fine Arts Sudios:
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture Installation Performance
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Cross-Media Art
Design Studios:
  • Graphics Media
  • Object Design
  • Spatial Design
  • Textiles
  • Jewellery
  • Ceramics
Media Arts Studios:
  • Animation and Visual Effects
  • Video Sound Image
  • Cross-Media Arts
BA component 96 UOC
  • Home Major stream (54 UOC)
  • Minor stream (36 UOC)
  • Prescribed Faculty Elective (6 UOC)
The following home major streams are available in the Bachelor of Arts:
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Criminology
  • Dance Studies
  • Development Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic Studies,
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media, Culture and Technology
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Theatre and Performance Studies
Minor Streams

All majors are available to be completed in minor stream ("Non-designated Minor"). There are, however, some areas of study that are only available as Minors. These are known as "Designated Minors". Art History and Theory cannot be taken as a Minor in the Dual Award. The Designated Minors for the Bachelor of Arts are:
  • Americas Studies
  • Indonesian Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Art and Social Sciences
External Minor Streams

External Minors are Streams of study offered by other Faculties.
  • Economics (Australian School of Business)
  • Geography (Faculty of Science)
  • Human Resource Management (Australian School of Business)
  • International Business (Australian School of Business)
  • Psychology (Faculty of Science)


Students undertaking the BFA in Dual Award mode may apply to complete an
additional year (48UOC) of study for the award of Honours. For details of Honours please see 4814 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Advanced).

Students undertaking the BA in Dual Award mode may apply to complete an additional year (48UOC) of study for the award of Honours. For details of Honours please see 3403 Bachelor of Arts.

Academic Rules

The Academic Rules for the BFA/BA and the online enrolment facility provide students with a wide range of course choices. The online enrolment facility checks that students meet the enrolment requirements for individual courses but not that a course complies with Program Rules. Students are responsible for ensuring they are enrolling in accordance with the Academic Rules outlined in the Program Structure above. Students should not assume that because they have enrolled in a course online that the course is automatically credited to their degree program.


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Related Program(s)

4800 Fine Arts
3403 Arts
3567 Commerce / Fine Arts

Area(s) of Specialisation