Fine Arts (Honours) - 4814

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: 421000

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) [BFA (Hons)] is the equivalent of four years full-time study, designed for those who wish to involve themselves as practitioners in the visual arts or related fields by providing rigorous and demanding studies at tertiary level from a wide range of approaches and disciplines within the visual arts.

The BFA (Hons) offers students strong fundamentals combined with flexibility to explore various media through practice and experimentation, and undertake a significant research project and opportunities to engage with the arts world in their final year.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the BFA (Hons) graduates will be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles, concepts and skills relevant to art practice within a contemporary context
  • undertake focused research engaging with a range of practice-based fine art methodologies
  • locate and critique the framework of contemporary fine art practice, by reflecting on social, cultural and environmental contexts
  • communicate their practice and research, to work independently and collaboratively, and be adept at undertaking tasks innovatively in a professional context
  • perform at an international level, contributing to contemporary culture and fine art practice
Fine Arts (Hons) graduates will have the skills to become exhibiting artists as well as play important roles within the creative industries more broadly.

Program Structure

The degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) is awarded as an Honours degree at the completion of four years full-time study, which includes a research and internship component.

The BFA (Hons) consists of a Fine Arts core that provides a depth of engagement with Fine Art studies (144 UOC) and an Elective and General Education component (48 UOC) that provides breadth of experience.

The program structure is:

Year 1

Students must complete the following core courses:
The breadth component of Year 1:
  • Electives (12 UOC)
Year 2

Students must complete the following core courses:
  • Fine Arts Studios (12 UOC)
  • Fine Arts, Design or Media Studios (12 UOC)
  • Contextual Studies (12 UOC)
The breadth component of Year 2:
  • General Education (6 UOC)
  • Elective (6 UOC)
Year 3

Students must complete the following core courses:
  • Fine Arts Studios (12 UOC)
  • Fine Arts, Design or Media Arts Studios (12 UOC)
The breadth component of Year 3:
  • Elective (6 UOC)
  • General Education (6 UOC)
Year 4

Students must complete the following core courses:
The breadth component of Year 4:
  • Electives (12 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

Drawing (24 UOC)

Interactive Media (24 UOC)

Painting (24 UOC)

Photography (24 UOC)

Printmaking (24 UOC)

Sculpture Installation Performance (24 UOC)

Textiles (24 UOC)

Media Arts

Animation and Visual Effects (24 UOC)

Digital Media (24 UOC)


Ceramics (24 UOC)

Graphics Media (24 UOC)

Jewellery (24 UOC)

Object Design (24 UOC)

Spatial Design (24 UOC)

Contextual Studies

Students must complete 12 UOC in Contextual Studies, normally in their 2nd year, from approved courses (as listed below):

Sample Program

UNSW Program 4814 - Fine Arts (Honours)
  Semester 1 Semester 2 UOC
Stage 1 ADAD1002 Studio Gateway 2 (6) 48
SART1001 Fine Arts Gateway 1 (6) SART1002 Fine Arts Gateway 2 (6)
SAHT1101 Creative Practices: Contexts (6) SAHT1102 Creative Practices: Methods (6)
Elective (6) Elective (6)
Stage 2 Fine Arts Stream 1 (6)
Fine Arts Stream 1 (6) 48
Fine Arts/Design/Media Arts Stream 2 (6) Fine Arts/Design/Media Arts Stream 2 (6)
Contextual Studies (6) Contextual Studies (6)
General Education (6) Elective (6)
Stage 3 Fine Arts Stream 1 (6)
Fine Arts Stream 1 (6)
Fine Arts/Design/Media Arts Stream 2 (6) Fine Arts/Design/Media Arts Stream 2 (6)
SART3800 Professional Practice (6) ADAD3114 Research Foundations in Art and Design (6)
Elective (6) General Education (6)
Stage 4 ADAD4011 Honours Research Project B (18) 48
ADAD4000 Professional Experience Project A (6)
Elective (6) Elective (6)

General Education Requirements

General Education course is any UNSW course not offered by UNSW Art & Design in which the student is able to enrol.


Honours is awarded on the basis of meritorious performance across the whole program, and performance in the Honours Research Projects.

Students will be considered for the award of honours according to the following scale, which includes the average of the marks from the two Honours Research Project courses and the marks from all courses which contribute to the program.
  1. Honours Class 1: If WAM of at least 75.0 and Honours Research Project average of at least 85
  2. Honours Class 2 Division 1: WAM of at least 70.0 and Project average of at least 75
  3. Honours Class 2 Division 2: WAM of at least 65.0 and Project average of at least 65
  4. Honours Class 3: WAM of at least 50.0 and Project average of at least 50
The Honours Research Projects will be independently marked by two markers.

Students who have completed 144 UOC and the requirements of Program 4800 Bachelor of Fine Arts, may seek approval to transfer to Program 4800 and graduate with that award.

Academic Rules

Complete 192 UOC consisting of:
  • Fine Arts core (144 UOC)
  • Electives (36 UOC)
  • General Education (12 UOC)
Complete at least 30 UOC of Level I courses before enrolling in Level II or Level III courses


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

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.

Domestic Undergraduate Admission - Selection Criteria

All applicants are assessed on the basis of previous academic achievement, however additional selection criteria are available to some applicants. Please refer to the Admissions Information here.

Related Program(s)

4800 Fine Arts
4820 Fine Arts / Arts
3567 Commerce / Fine Arts
4704 Fine Arts / Law
3926 Science / Fine Arts
3944 Advanced Science / Fine Arts
4059 Fine Arts / Education (Sec)

Area(s) of Specialisation