Fine Arts / Arts - 4820

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Art & Design


Campus: Paddington

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 421001

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements

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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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Encourage students to develop increased self-motivation as developing independent and professional practitioners.
  • Encourage students to realise their own intellectual and creative potential.
  • Increase students' awareness of, and sensitivity to, their environment.
  • Provide students with:
  1. an understanding of concepts relevant to aesthetics and the visual arts;
  2. understanding of various media through practice and experimentation with such media;
  3. an understanding of research practice in fine arts, and a capacity to engage with research;
  4. 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
  5. an understanding of the historical and theoretical underpinning of contemporary fine art practice.
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 disciplines
  • To 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

Compulsory courses:
  • Fine Art Studios (24 UOC)
  • Fine Arts, Design or Media Arts Studios (24 UOC)
  • Contextual Studies (12 UOC)
For a list of the Studio specialisations available, please see Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Program 4814.

BA component 96 UOC
  • Home Major stream (60 UOC)
  • Minor stream (24 UOC)
  • Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives (12 UOC)
The following home major streams are available in the Bachelor of Arts:
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Advanced Chinese Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Criminology
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Environmental Humanities
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • Advanced French Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Studies
  • Advanced Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Advanced Korean Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media, Culture and Technology
  • Music Studies
  • Music Studies (Intensive)
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Theatre and Performance Studies
Minor Streams
The above majors are also available to be completed in a minor stream.

External Minors are Streams of study offered by other Faculties:
  • Studies in Psychology (24 UOC)
Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Semester 1.

Award with Distinction

High achieving students who secure a WAM of 75 across their program and who have completed at least 48 UOC of their program at UNSW are eligible for the award of their Pass Degree "with Distinction".


Honours in BFA Component

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

Honours in Bachelor of Arts Component

After completion of 144 UOC including all of the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts dual degree, high achieving students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) program 4504. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher in the major stream in which you want to study at Honours level.

Academic Rules

To satisfy the Fine Arts component of the dual award, students must have completed 48 UOC in their Fine Arts Major and 48 UOC in their Fine Arts Streams.

To qualify for the award of the BA degree at Pass level, a student must, in relation to courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
  1. complete 96 UOC in the Bachelor of Arts program;
  2. complete the requirements for one 60 UOC home major stream
  3. complete the requirements for one 24 UOC minor stream
  4. complete 12 UOC Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives
  5. complete at least 30 UOC of Level 1 courses before enrolling in Level 2 courses
  6. specify your major and minor at the time of enrolment into Level 2
  7. complete at least 48 UOC, including 6 UOC at Level 1 and 6 UOC at Level 2 in your major/minor, before enrolling in Level 3 courses


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.


Related Program(s)

4814 Fine Arts (Honours)
4800 Fine Arts
3409 Arts

Area(s) of Specialisation