Courses & Units

Course rules for F4A Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours


1. The College of Arts and Law (hereinafter called the College) 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 College for this purpose; and

[ii] has been accepted by the College 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 College. 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 College, 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 College 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.


6. The College 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 College 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).