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Bachelor of Fine Arts With Honours

University of Tasmania
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
32,950 AUD
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32,950 AUD
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32,950 AUD
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Program description

Bachelor of Fine Arts With Honours

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (BFA(Hons)) is a one-year creative arts degree delivered by the School of Creative Arts and Media.

With facilities close to the centre of both Hobart and Launceston, you will have access to world class workshop facilities with generous allocations of studio working space, staffed by dedicated practising artists and designers. You will be engaging in the contemporary practices of art, which, while still firmly having making at their centre, also engage with the world through critical and reflective thinking.

In one year of advanced practice-led study, you will have the option of undertaking either Professional Honours or Research Honours, depending on your results and your future aims. Professional Honours focuses on developing skills required for engaging in creative practices outside the university setting, while Research Honours prepares you for undertaking a Research Higher Degree such as an MFA or a PhD.

You will present a conceptually multi-layered, resolved creative work as a result of a project in the disciplines of visual art, design or theatre and performance. We are developing opportunities for our students to participate in contemporary culture, not to just be consumers of it - to actively contribute to the cultural life of our society. You will be able to engage directly with Tasmania’s internationally acclaimed arts culture through our ongoing partnerships with festivals and arts institutions across the state and interact with both Australian and international visiting artists.

A degree in creative arts can be the foundation of a surprising variety of careers, as it develops the generally agreed essential 21st century skills of criticality, creativity, innovation and communication; the only limits are in your imagination.

Admission requirements

Entry in the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours is by formal application. Candidates are expected to have a good academic record, and to have satisfied minimum criteria as either: successful completion of an undergraduate creative arts degree or major in creative arts within a generalist with high achievement; or demonstrate equivalent professional attainment. At least one of the General Entrance Requirements of the University, and the following course-specific entry requirements must be met for entry into the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours:

  • a relevant bachelors degree with a major in visual or fine arts, design and/or theatre and performance with a distinction average or equivalent at the University of Tasmania or another approved tertiary institution; or equivalent industry experience, and;
  • Can be provided with appropriate academic supervision for their proposed project.

Portfolio and Project Proposal

The portfolio should consist of up to 10 labelled digital images or videos of recent original artwork and a project proposal to support the application.

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Program content

  • Art and Design Theory
  • Drawing
  • Time Based Media
  • 3D Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Curatorial Studies

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Define and articulate, to relevant audiences, coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying research principles and diverse contexts (e.g. social, cultural and historical) that inform all aspects of arts practice.
  2. Demonstrate intellectual independence, self-awareness and reflexive practice through the critical analysis and evaluation of ideas, artefacts, performances, commentary and knowledge.
  3. Exercise well-developed initiative and judgement in developing new cognitive and technical skills, to manage contingencies with some independence, provide solutions to complex problems and deliver conceptually multi-layered, resolved creative works.
  4. Undertake self-directed, speculative inquiry in one or more disciplines to develop new, individual creative practice outcomes by adapting advanced knowledge and skills in diverse contexts, and executing projects with unforeseen outcomes.
  5. Develop and sustain a researched, self-defined creative practice and/or inquiry that is both autonomous and connected with professional, scholarly, and/or social communities.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours find employment in a variety of positions within the arts professions, including studio practice, theoretical writing on art, curatorial work, gallery administration, research and teaching, as well as participating in individual and group-generated projects.

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University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

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We offer great courses in an extraordinary location, and our teaching is supported by world-leading research, so you know you’re getting direct access to the best expertise. We’re the only university in the state, which means you will get unparalleled access to industry connections through our institution’s partnerships.

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TAS 7001 Hobart

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