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2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts(13C)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Telephone: +61 3 6226 4300


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

As an applicant you will gain automatic entry if you satisfy the University's normal admission requirements, with the addition of at least a passing grade in a practically orientated pre-tertiary Visual Arts or Design and English subjects or at TAFE certificate IV (or higher, with evidence of some study of Art History or Theory).

If you do not meet these requirements, then it is still possible to apply and gain entry to the BFA. You should submit a folio consisting of no more than ten photographs, drawings, paintings or electronic images of work and a statement outlining your interest in the course including any relevant experience or qualifications. Instead of a place in the BFA you may instead be offered admission to the Associate Degree in Arts, with the suggestion or requirement of undertaking some bridging or preparatory units. If you successfully complete a probationary period of study you will be able to transfer to the BFA.

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 offers a broad visual arts and design education through a wide range of disciplines: Art and Design Theory, Drawing, Electronic Media, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. It provides graduates with knowledge and skills in their chosen field and the capacity to continue to develop towards independent and professional practice in the creative arts. The course requires a commitment to studio-based study, and learning through creating and producing works, and requires you to do at least one studio major supported by a minor in Art and Design Theory. Majors may be undertaken in the studio disciplines of Electronic Media, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture, all of which are informed by rigorous and challenging ongoing theoretical debate. You may also choose to extend the Art and Design Theory minor into a major by adding more units from the Art and Design Theory program, including units cross-listed from other disciplines in the Faculty of Arts. The BFA is a flexible degree and units or even a full major from outside the normal BFA schedule of units can be undertaken from another school or faculty, such as Arts, Business, Computing, Music and Science as part of your degree.

By completing the degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts, graduates will be able to demonstrate advanced visual and/or design literacy through the three interdependent aspects of:

  • exploration
  • Knowledge and
  • expression

Exploration refers to investigating and developing processes and skills to communicate ideas and intent. Graduates will be able to generate and develop ideas through:

  • exploring and experimenting with diverse media, processes, practices and technical skills
  • using critical thinking skills, (such as problem framing and resolution, decision making, reflective practice and researching)
  • developing and selecting strategies to communicate intent through producing works.
    working independently and in a group

Knowledge refers to demonstrating and applying knowledge through production and discourse. Graduates will be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge of the following to their own developing practices:

  • concepts, principles, media and practice
  • historical and contemporary contexts and cultural debates
  • ethical and moral roles of art and design
  • qualities of their chosen medium and essential terminology
  • workplace health and safety practices
  • participating in creative and cultural industries

Expression refers to the communication or expression of ideas to a range of audiences through producing works, writing and speaking. Graduates will be able to express ideas by:

- producing works

  • through the practical and creative resolution of ideas
  • using their own developing mode/s of expression
  • working independently and in a group to achieve goals within specified timeframes

- writing:

  • using the discourse of the discipline
  • contextualising works of art and design
  • critiquing (analysing, evaluating and justifying) their own and others work
  • adhering to the conventions of the specified genre (e.g. artist statement, proposal, critique)

- speaking :

  • using the discourse of the discipline
  • critiquing (analysing, evaluating and justifying) own making choices
  • adhering to the conventions of the specified genre (e.g. artist statement, pitch, critique, presentation, performance)

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; arts administration, community arts, public art, illustration, photography, animation or arts writing. Fine Arts graduates also use their degrees more generally to develop careers in advertising, administration, public service, publishing and small business amongst many others.

Articulation to/from Course

Graduates 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.

Alternatively Graduates 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. Details on eligibility and how to apply are contained in the postgraduate coursework section of the Handbook.

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

Miscellaneous Information


If you are transferring from another university or course, you can apply to be given credit for equivalent studies satisfactorily completed. (Please note that there are guidelines as to how much credit can be granted for previous study, and study must have been within the last ten years.)

If you have completed a related TAFE diploma you can be awarded credit for up to one 100% or one-third of the degree requirement. (Please note, you will need to provide a portfolio and samples of any written work so that a determination can be made about the way in which this credit will be offered. In some circumstances it may still take three years minimum to complete the degree).

If you have completed a previous degree in the last ten years you will normally be granted credit for 100% or one-third of the BFA degree requirements.

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 100%, with no more than 50% of units in any single one of the introductory, intermediate or advanced levels of the degree.

Students enrolled in other courses

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

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