Commerce / Fine Arts - 3567

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Business School

Contact:  UNSW Business School Student Centre

Campus: Sydney

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: 424100

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Commerce (Major)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major)

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Program Description

The handbook provides you with information on the degree structure you would need to follow for the year you commence your study.

If you are a prospective student researching your study options, please visit UNSW Business School website for more information.

The Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Fine Arts (B Com BFA) is a 4 year dual award program which combines is a highly valued business qualification with a qualification designed for those who may wish to involve themselves as practitioners in the visual arts or related fields.

The B Com component provides students with the fundamentals of business and the opportunity to explore their interests in one of a range of business disciplines. The BFA component offers students strong fundamentals combined with flexibility to explore various media through practice and experimentation.

It is assumed that students have a certain level of knowledge in advanced mathematics in order to cope well with the mathematical or statistical component of a business degree. If you are successful in obtaining a place without this assumed knowledge, you are strongly encouraged to consider studying a Mathematics Bridging Course before starting your degree.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the BCom component, students will have the ability to:
  • demonstrate business knowledge and apply that knowledge in business problems
  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • present complex issues in coherent written statements and oral presentations
  • demonstrate understanding of disciplinary issues in a local or global context
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles of working collaboratively in teams
  • understand the social and ethical dimensions in their chosen disciplinary areas
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;
• an 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.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Fine Arts consists of 96 UOC of Commerce courses and 96 UOC of Fine Arts courses as detailed in the following table:
B Com component
 96 UOC
  • Compulsory core courses
  • Flexible core courses
  • Major requirements
 96 UOC
  • Fine Arts major
  • 24 UOC in Fine Arts streams
  • 24 UOC in Fine Arts, Design or Media Streams

Compulsory core courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses):
Flexible core courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses). Students should choose four courses from the following list:
Major requirements 48 UOC in an approved disciplinary stream offered by the UNSW Business School (See Table A), containing at least 18 UOC at level 3. (Note that the 48UOC includes the first disciplinary course(s) in the Core (Compulsory or Flexible). This means that, for the majority of majors, students will complete 42UOC in specified disciplinary courses outside the core.

Please note: One or more additional courses (i.e. in addition to the core and major requirements) must be taken from within the UNSW Business School to ensure you complete 96UOC of Business courses within the B Com component of this program.

Table A

Approved Majors from within the UNSW Business School:
  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Business Strategy and Economic Management
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate Studies
  • Taxation

Fine Arts Major (48 UOC)

Level 1:
Level 2:

2 courses approved as BFA Contextual Studies (12UOC)

Fine Arts Studio (48 UOC)

Students must complete 48 UOC in Studios, with at least 24 UOC in Fine Arts Studios, and up to 24 UOC in Fine Arts, Design or Media Art Studios (as listed below):

Fine Arts

Interactive Media (24 UOC)
Drawing (24 UOC)
Painting (24 UOC)
Photography (24 UOC)
Printmaking (24 UOC)
Sculpture (SPI) (24 UOC)
Textiles (24 UOC)

Media Arts

Animation and Visual Effects (24 UOC)
Video Sound Image (24 UOC)


Ceramics (24 UOC)
Graphics Media (24 UOC)
Jewellery (24 UOC)
Object Design (24 UOC)
Spatial Design (24 UOC)


Honours in B Com Component

High achieving students may undertake honours in the area of their business major by enrolling in 4501 BCom(Hons) program.

Honours in BFA Component

Students undertaking the BFA in Dual Award mode may apply for the Fine Arts Honours Program 4814. For more details about Honours please see Program 4814.

Academic Rules

Academic Rules relating to the BCom dual mode component

Please refer to the Program Structure for the academic requirements relating to this program. Rules relating to the award of the degree of B Com shall apply wherever relevant. Students are advised to consult the Academic Rules for further information.

Academic Rules relating to the BFA

Important Information

The Academic Rules for the BFA 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 above. Students should not assume that because they have enrolled in a course online that the course is automatically credited to their degree program.


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

Professional Recognition

For further information, please refer to the Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Further Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change. Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks

Contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
Forms, policies and procedures
Frequently asked questions

UNSW Art & Design for advice on the BFA component.
UNSW Art & Design
tel: + 61 2 8936 0684
location: D Block Ground Floor, UNSW Paddington Campus

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