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


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts

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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.

You should achieve the following outcomes upon the successful completion of the UNSW Bachelor of Arts:
  • Articulate disciplinary theories and practices, and integrate them with cross-disciplinary concerns and connections;
  • Articulate a broad and coherent body of knowledge about foundational aspects of society, culture and/or the arts from local, national and international perspectives;
  • Undertake rigorous and engaged scholarly enquiry and analysis;
  • Collaborate effectively with others;
  • Communicate and debate complex ideas in a range of different contexts using a variety of suitable media;
  • Exhibit initiative and self-direction;
  • Critically and creatively employ disciplinary bodies of knowledge and appraise disciplinary perspectives in professional practice and/or scholarship;
  • Justify a position in relation to foundational aspects of society, culture and/or the arts;
  • Engage proactively with complex problems in professional practice and/or scholarship;
  • Continuously acquire knowledge and skills and reflect on existing knowledge and skills for personal and career fulfilment;
  • Act ethically, respectfully and responsibly.

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)
  • Art History and Theory (12 UOC)
For a list of the Studios 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

All majors are available to be completed in a minor stream.
Optional External Major and Minor Streams

Only external Minors streams offered by other Faculties are available.

  • Human Resource Management (30 UOC)
  • International Business (30 UOC)
  • Economics (30 UOC)
  • Geography (36 UOC)
  • Psychology (36 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

You are eligible for the award of your Pass Degree "with Distinction" if you achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75 in all courses and complete at least 50% of the requirements of your award at UNSW.

Sample Program

UNSW Program 4820 - Fine Arts / Arts
  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)
Arts Major (6)
Arts Major (6)
Arts Minor (6) Arts Minor (6)
Stage 2 Fine Arts Stream 1 (6)
Fine Arts Stream 1 (6) 48
SAHT1101 Creative Practices: Contexts (6) SAHT1102 Creative Practices: Methods (6)
Arts Major (6) Arts Major (6)
Arts Minor (6) Arts Minor (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)
Arts Major (6) Arts Major (6)
Arts Major (6) FASS Prescribed Elective (6)
Stage 4 Contextual Studies (6)
Contextual Studies (6)
Fine Arts/Design/Media Arts Stream 2 (6) Fine Arts/Design/Media Arts Stream 2 (6)
Arts Major (6) Arts Major (6)
Arts Major (6) FASS Prescribed Elective (6)


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. A minimum WAM of 70 in the Bachelor of Arts component of the dual degree is required for entry into Honours.

Bachelor of Arts and Social Science (Honours) program 4504.

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.


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Related Program(s)

4814 Fine Arts (Honours)

Area(s) of Specialisation