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2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts(F3E)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 6 yrs.
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This on-campus 3-year (minimum) full-time course is offered by the Faculty of Arts through the Tasmanian School of Art at Hobart. Part-time study is also available.

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants are normally expected to have satisfied the University's admission requirements, with the addition of at least a passing grade in a practically orientated pre-tertiary Visual Arts or Design subject or TAFE certificate.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements should submit a folio consisting of no more that ten photographs, drawings, paintings or electronic images of work and a statement outlining their interest in the course including any relevant experience or qualifications. They may instead be offered admission to the Associate Degree in Arts, and if they successfully complete a probationary period can then transfer to the BFA. Where applicants have little or no evidence of a previous interest in or study of visual art or design they will be required to undertake a two week preparatory summer school unit which will count towards their first semester of study.

Course counseling will be offered to all successful applicants prior to the start of semester, to discuss choice of studio and potential careers.

Course Objectives

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is designed to give students a broad visual arts education and to offer them a wide range of possible disciplines in which to undertake a major program of study. The course requires a commitment to studio-based study, and also offers a to learning through making, supported by a substantial program in art and design theory. There are opportunities for specialised study in various disciplines, all of which are informed by a rigorous and challenging ongoing theoretical debate. Majors may be undertaken in a range of studio practices. Students may also choose to do an art and design theory major in which they specialise in units from the Art Theory program and are eligible to enrol in a number of units cross-listed from other disciplines in the Faculty of Arts.

The program develops general abilities in the following areas:

  • Visual thinking: the ability to analyse and discuss images, form and experience
  • Visual, verbal and written expression
  • Self expression
  • Creative problem solving
  • Generating and evaluating a range of ideas
  • Ability to research and acquire new technical skills as required for visual problem solving.
  • Awareness and global perspective of the role and function of visual art and design in contemporary culture.

Career Outcomes

Increasingly employers are seeking flexible graduates who can solve problems creatively, who can express themselves clearly and who understand the role of art and design in contemporary culture. Undertaking a BFA can be the start of developing a career as a; studio artist, designer, curator, gallery administrator, teacher, or a more specialised career in; illustration, photography, animation or arts writing. Advertising, administration, public service, community arts, public art, publishing.

Articulation to/from Course

Students who have completed a BFA degree with sufficient merit are eligible to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (BFA(Hons)) degree. Details on eligibility and how to apply are contained in the BFA(Hons) section of the Handbook.

In addition Students who have completed a BFA degree with sufficient merit are eligible to apply for entry to the coursework postgraduate degrees: Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and Master of Fine Art and Design or Art Design and Environment. Details on eligibility and how to apply are contained in the postgraduate coursework section of the Handbook.

Students completing the Honours degree with sufficient merit are able to apply for entry to a research higher degree such as Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Information on these courses is obtainable from the Office for Research and the Research Higher Degrees Handbook.

BFA graduates wishing to pursue a teaching career must also complete the two-year Bachelor of Teaching (BTeach) degree. This is a postgraduate qualification taken after graduating with a BFA. The degree course is available on both the Launceston and Hobart campuses. Information brochures are obtainable from Student Recruitment offices on both campuses and from the contact number for the BTeach.

Students currently studying for a degree in another faculty are able to apply to transfer to the BFA degree course and will receive some credit for their previous successful study.

Miscellaneous Information

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Advanced Honours)

This is a special program that recognizes high achieving students. Entry to the program requires an ITI score of 90 or greater and in order to maintain a place in the direct entry program students will be required to be awarded the Dean's Roll of Excellence each year. Students not initially admitted to the program but who achieve the Dean's Roll of Excellence at the end of Year 1 or 2 will be invited to be part of the program. At the discretion of the Dean students transferring from other institutions may be eligible to enter the program.

Students participating in this program will be required to fulfill all the normal BFA requirements and will be encouraged to develop their academic potential through participation in targeted research seminars. Individual academic mentoring and advice is also provided.


Students who are accepted for transfer from other institutions can be given status for equivalent studies satisfactorily completed in bachelor degree programs in other universities. Applicants who are accepted for admission, and who have satisfactorily completed a related TAFE diploma, can be awarded status for up to one year or one-third of the degree requirement.

Students who have completed another previous degree and are commencing study in the BFA will normally be granted 75% credit towards the BFA. Credit is granted for study completed within the past ten years; but for those seeking credit for qualifications completed more than ten years ago, consideration will be given to evidence of continuing professional practice in the field.

Transfer provisions

Units from other courses

Students are permitted to enrol in units from another degree course to count towards the BFA, provided that the weighting of these units totals no more than 75%, being no more than 25% in each of years 1, 2 and 3.

Students enrolled in other courses

Students from other degree courses can take units in fine arts. However, many units have quotas and entry to the units is subject to School approval. Contact the School for details.

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