Courses & Units

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours F4A

Hobart, Launceston

Introduction

This on-campus full-time (minimum 1 year), or part-time (maximum 2 years) course is offered by the Faculty of Arts through the Tasmania College of the Arts, Hunter Street Hobart and Art Theory only at Inveresk, Launceston. The normal expectation is that students will study this course full time.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the BFA(Hons) in 2015. For students who commenced prior to 2015, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement: ie students who commenced in 2010 should refer to the 2010 Handbook.

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours
Course Abbreviation BFA(Hons)
Course Duration 1 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 3 Years
CRICOS code 017285J
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1
Launceston Semester 1

Objectives

The BFA Honours Research allows students to concentrate on developing a body of work of a speculative and individual nature. The emphasis is placed on a spirit of excellence and a strong sense of independent enquiry. Experimentation is encouraged and the candidate should have a firm commitment to the articulation of visual art theory in written, verbal and visual form, and its integration into art practice.

The course is designed to prepare students for research training at postgraduate level, and to develop their respective practices as artists, designers or writers.

Students meet regularly with their supervisors, and participate in group discussions and critiques to gain feedback on their project during the course of the program.

The program of study need not be media-specific; however students will be supervised in the context of one of the following studio areas at the School of Art: Art and Design Theory, Drawing, Electronic Media, 3D Design, Visual Communication, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture.

The BFA Honours Professional course allows students to concentrate on developing a body of work of a speculative and individual nature. The emphasis is placed on developing a professional approach to practice and maintaining a strong sense of independent enquiry. Experimentation is encouraged and the candidate should have a commitment to the articulation of visual art theory and its integration into art practice.

The course is designed to prepare students for successfully pursuing their respective practices as artists, designers or curators.

Students meet regularly with their supervisors, and participate in group discussions and critiques to gain feedback on their project during the course of the program.

The program of study need not be media-specific; however students will be supervised in the context of one of the following studio areas at the School of Art: Art and Design Theory, Drawing, Electronic Media, 3D Design, Visual Communication, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture and Curatorial Practice.

Career Outcomes

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.

Prerequisites

BFA(Hons) by Research

For entry to the BFA(Hons) degree, ALL applicants must:

* Have completed a BFA degree or equivalent;

* Have completed 4 x 12.5% Art and Design Theory units in the BFA with a Distinction average unless there are exceptional circumstances. It is strongly recommended that applicants complete 6 x 12.5% Art and Design Theory units.

For entry into the Studio stream, students are required to have gained a Distinction average in their studio major throughout their undergraduate degree (a studio major in the BFA consists of 1 x 12.5% unit at first year, one Core Studies unit, 2 x 12.5% up to 2 x 25% units at second year, and 2 x 25% units at third year level).

For entry into the Art and Design Theory stream, students are required to have gained at least a Distinction average in 6 x 12.5% units in the major, 4 of which must be in the final (third) year (a major in Art and Design Theory consists of 2 x 12.5% units at first year, 2 x 12.5% units at second year and 4 x 12.5% units at third year level).

BFA(Hons) Professional

For entry to the BFA(Hons) Professional degree, ALL applicants must:

* Have completed a BFA degree or equivalent;

* Have completed 4 x 12.5% Art and Design Theory units in the BFA with a Credit average unless there are exceptional circumstances.

For entry into the Professional stream, students are required to have gained a Credit average in their studio major through out their undergraduate degree (a studio major in the BFA consists of 1 x 12.5% unit at first year, one Core Studies unit, 2 x 12.5% up to 2 x 25% units at second year, and 2 x 25% units at third year level).

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

For students who commenced prior to 2015, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement: ie students who commenced in 2010 should refer to the 2010 Handbook.

The candidate will submit a proposal for a course of study within one of the following studio areas, although this program is not necessarily media-specific:

Research Stream

Professional Stream
Art and Design Theory
Drawing
Electronic Media
3D Design
Visual Communication
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
Curatorial Studies
Drawing
Electronic Media
3D Design
Visual Communication
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture

Cross-disciplinary honours courses consisting of combinations of disciplines from the Faculty may from time to time be approved. A candidate may not enrol in a joint honours course unless permitted to do so by the Faculty on the recommendation of the Heads of the two Schools concerned. Candidates must either have passed the prerequisite units prescribed in the schedule for both of the proposed disciplines or have otherwise satisfied the Head of the two Schools that they are sufficiently qualified to undertake the joint course.

Research Studio candidates will undertake:-

  •  two coursework units;
  • a self-initiated supervised research project developed over two semesters as two separate units;
  • a preliminary research project; and
  •  a thesis.

Full-time Studio candidates will enrol in:- FSA414 Studio Project Development (25cp), FSA411 Studio Project Design (12.5cp) and FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) in semester one; and both FSA422 Thesis - Research Project A(25cp) and FSA423 Thesis - Research Project B(25cp) in semester two.

Part-time Studio candidates will enrol in:- FSA411 Studio Project Design (12.5cp) and FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) in semester one;  FSA414 Studio Project Development (25cp) in semester 2; FSA422 Thesis-Research Project A (25cp) in semester 3;  and FSA423 Thesis-Research Project B (25cp) in semester 4. 

Research Art and DesignTheory candidates will undertake:-

  • three course-work units;
  • a self-initiated supervised research project developed over two semesters as two separate units;
  • a preliminary research project;and
  • a thesis.

Full-time Theory candidates will enrol in:- FSA412 Contemporary Visual Theory (25cp), FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) and FSA418 Theory Project Design (12.5cp) in semester one;  and both FSA422 Thesis - Research Project A(25cp) and FSA423 Thesis - Research Project B(25cp) in semester 2.

Part-time Theory candidates will enrol in:-  FSA418 Theory Project Design (12.5cp) and FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) in semester one;   FSA412 Contemporary Visual Theory (25cp) in semester 2;    FSA422 Thesis-Research Project A (25cp) in semester 3;  and FSA423 Thesis-Research Project B (25cp) in semester 4. 

Professional candidates will undertake:-

  • two course-work units;
  • a self-initiated professionally orientated supervised research project developed over two semesters as two separate units;
  • a preliminary research project; and
  • a visual thesis.

Full-time Professional candidates will enrol in:- FSA414 Studio Project Development (25cp), FSA411 Studio Project Design (12.5cp) and FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) in semester one; and both FSA424 Thesis-Professional Project A(25cp) and FSA425 Thesis-Professional Project B(25cp) in semester 2.  

Part-time Professional candidates will enrol in:-  FSA411 Studio Project Design (12.5cp) and FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) in semester one;   FSA414 Studio Project Development (25cp) in semester 2;   FSA424 Thesis - Professional Project A (25cp) in semester 3;  and FSA425 Thesis - Professional Project B (25cp) in semester 4.

Course Structure

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


Entry

1. The Faculty of Arts (hereinafter called the Faculty) may accept as a candidate for the award of Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours a person who:

[i] has qualified for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, or another approved bachelor degree, in this University or another approved tertiary institution; or has qualified for admission to a fourth year honours course in another university approved by the Faculty for this purpose; and

[ii] has been accepted by the Faculty as having reached, in the course for the degree referred to in (i) above, distinction average in the case of Honours Research stream, and credit average in the case of Honours Professional stream, and have completed 50 credit points  (4 x 12.5cp) of Art and Design Theory units.

Course Structure

2. Candidates for the degree shall pursue a nominated course of study approved by the Faculty. Unless otherwise approved by the Faculty the subject area chosen by the candidate shall be one in which the candidate has undertaken major studies in the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent.

3. A course of study shall require the equivalent of one full years work and shall be completed in one year from the time the candidate enrols for the course, provided that:

(a) The Faculty, on the recommendation of the school or schools concerned, may permit a candidate to study the course on a part-time basis over a period not exceeding two consecutive years.

(b) The Faculty may allow a candidate whose work has been interrupted by illness or other unavoidable cause to complete the course over a period exceeding one year or, in the case of a part-time candidate as defined in (a) above, over a period exceeding two years.

(c) Where a thesis is required as part of an honours examination, the head of the school concerned may recommend that a candidate be granted an extension of time to submit the thesis. Any cases so approved by the dean or the dean's delegate shall be reported to the next meeting of the degree board.

4. The classes of honours shall be first class, second class, and third class. There shall be an upper and lower division in the second class.

5. A candidate who has obtained honours in one course may proceed to honours in another course provided that the candidate undertakes a further year's work and otherwise complies with these rules, and provided that the discipline or disciplines which make up the earlier course are not included in the later course.

Miscellaneous

6. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

7. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2011 and shall apply to all candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

8. Candidates who have passed in appropriate units towards the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours under the specifications in force prior to 1 January 2011 will be entitled to graduate in accordance with those degree specifications operating at the time of their admission to candidature.

9. Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements (such as required majors) and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the Faculty shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.

10. The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours shall be BFA(Hons).