Bachelor of Fine Arts (13R)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Whether your focus is a specific art and design studio or an inter-disciplinary practice, experiment, collaborate, play and take risks through the Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your studies online. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.
Tasmania is a place that inspires the maker in you. Nowhere is the entanglement of nature and culture, past and present, creativity and industry more alive. Studying Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania teaches you how to generate your own opportunities through resourcefulness, connections and collaborations, setting you up for a future immersed in creativity and innovation.

Explore your practice in Drawing and Printmaking; Object and Furniture; Painting; Photography; or Sculpture and Time-Based Media, advancing your technical skills with individual attention. Studying Critical Practices together with studio-based making, you will contextualise your practice in the art landscape. As your degree unfolds, you move to open and interdisciplinary units allowing you to dream big, experiment and create work with public outcomes.

Feel Tasmania’s past beneath your feet every time you’re on campus inside the former IXL Jam Factory on Hobart’s city docks or Launceston’s historic Western Railway Yard at Inveresk. Both sites provide generous studio spaces and equipment to improve the scale and complexity of your work, highly skilled technicians to show you the ropes, and access extending beyond scheduled class times.

On our island campus of Tasmania, the line between student and professional practice often dissolves. Engage with acclaimed international creatives drawn here on a personal scale through the Artist in Residence and Arts Forum programs. From the beginning of your degree, take part in a rich exhibition program across our on-site galleries and iconic spaces to develop essential curatorial skills and showcase your work publicly.

Through access to exclusive creative collaborations with Media, Music, and Theatre and Performance students you will build close creative networks, test working relationships, and leverage your accomplishments to generate future opportunities. Find yourself working with Tasmania’s unique festival scene, creatively solving real client briefs, or soaking up inspiration together on a field trip overseas.

This empowering, hands-on Fine Arts experience gives you specialist skills that can be applied into a range of exciting contexts and careers. With the added flexibility to choose units across the University, you can develop complementary skills in design, creative arts and health, music, media, and creative writing or explore history, politics, blue and green sciences, and other subjects to inspire your practice.

Micheila & Sam
Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates

From engaging with acclaimed international artists to participating in Tasmania's thriving and experimental art scene, visual artists Micheila Petersfield and Sam Field tell us what they loved about the Bachelor of Fine Arts experience at UTAS.

Graduates of the BFA (AQF Level 7) will be able to:

  1. Produce conceptually multi-layered creative works and projects with speculative and iterative outcomes as a process of self-directed creative inquiry
  2. Synthesise technical and theoretical knowledge to critically analyse ideas, artefacts and methods in the arts, and apply this analysis to appraise your own and others’ work.
  3. Situate your practice within relevant and diverse contexts (e.g. social, cultural and historical)
  4. Communicate complex ideas and processes effectively to audiences and stakeholders using written, oral and visual skills
  5. Develop an autonomous and ethical creative practice that contributes to professional, scholarly, and social communities.

Career outcomes

Rebecca Birrell
Principal Designer, Birrelli


From designing a major installation at a UNESCO World Heritage Site to the label which took a Tasmanian drop to the number one selling pinot in Australia – the Bachelor of Fine Arts allowed Rebecca to approach design from a broad perspective. Read more about Rebecca

This empowering, hands-on Fine Arts experience gives you specialist skills that can be applied to a range of exciting contexts and careers. These are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years.

  • 13.6% Graphic Designers and Illustrators
  • 13.5% Photographers
  • 10.4% Visual Arts Professionals

ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) requires the completion of 300 credit points including:

  • A studio practice major (100 credit points)
  • Core units in Critical Practices (100 credit points)
  • Electives (100 credit points)

In Critical Practices core you will complete 50 credit points at Introductory level and 50 credit points at Intermediate level. Normally, you will complete the introductory level units in your first year of study (or part-time equivalent)

In the Studio Practice major you will specialise in one art practice. In the major you will complete 25 credit points at Introductory level 25 credit points at Intermediate level and 50 credit points at Advanced level. The studios available are:

  • Drawing and Printmaking
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Object and Furniture
  • Sculpture and Time Based Media

In your Elective component you are able to choose from any units which you meet the pre-requisites for, at any level, from across the university. You can also complete additional art practice studio or creative curriculum units in your elective space.

Creating artwork involves encounters with objects, materials, ideas, cultures and other life forms. This unit will involve visits to Museums, Art Galleries and public artworks to investigate the many forms of collection and archive within a community. Public collections include…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Ecologies place us in relationship with other living beings and our physical surroundings, as well as being a way we can talk metaphorically about having a place within a wider network. This unit will introduce you to place, ecology and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

A manifesto is a public declaration of principles, intentions, motives or views. It is written by an individual or a group to reflect their views. A manifesto can express an opinion on a particular issue, a whole worldview or set…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

We exist as embodied beings: bodies are how we move through the world and how we touch, and see and interact with it. The purpose of the unit is to introduce students to the concept of the body and bodies…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Exhibitions are not only a way to present creative works. They are also a way to make meaning, generate ideas and communicate with an audience. This unit will present key contemporary, historical, philosophical and cultural debates and guide you through…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores the interaction between art and writing. More than writing about art or the inclusion of text in art works, this unit encourages you to think about writing as both a mode of creative expression as well as…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit invites you to find your way through the field of contemporary art. You will unpick moments of change and transition within a broader context of local, national, and global histories of art, and to see yourself as an…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Collaborative work is integral to working in and with the creative and cultural industries. This unit encourages you to take supported creative risks and introduces you to work-integrated learning methods and practices. Students and staff will propose creative projects that…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Complete 25 credit points at Introductory level. You should choose at least one unit from a studio which you intend to specialise in at Intermediate level.

This unit will introduce you to the techniques of drawing and printmaking as processes of enquiry and creation. You will learn about the technical and material possibilities of both mediums and how to use a studio as both a site…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduction to studio design and making. This unit sets the foundations for designing and making objects in a world of rapid change. Directed by academic staff and technicians, you will design and make a cohesive collection of small-scale objects that…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Sculpture and Time Based Media (STBM) explores the integration of objects with moving images. Sculpture explores three dimensional forms, materials and environments, through diverse making processes such as carving, modelling, casting and construction and Time Based Media explores time, space,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Photography 1 will introduce you to the medium of photography. Directed by staff and technicians, in the context of a studio/workshop/tutorial curriculum, you will be introduced to traditional techniques, new technologies and approaches to contemporary practice.Study of this unit will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Painting is still a dominant paradigm within contemporary art practice and has a long and varied tradition within the visual arts. By undertaking this unit you will gain an introductory understanding of painting and its place within contemporary visual culture…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Complete 25 credit points in a single studio.

This unit will broaden your capacity to understand and engage with diverse materials, methodologies and processes associated with contemporary art practice, especially within printmaking and drawing. Through group and individual tasks, you will develop your ability to experiment with materials,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Printmaking & Drawing Studio 2B will broaden your capacity to understand and engage with diverse materials, methodologies and processes associated with contemporary printmaking and drawing practice. Through group and individual tasks, you will develop your ability to experiment with materials,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on the development and deployment of concepts and ideas through a variety of image-making strategies using paint as the primary medium. While you will deal with many of the more traditional issues surrounding painting, you might also…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on the development of ideas and images leading to final, resolved artworks. While you will deal with many of the more traditional issues surrounding painting, you might also employ new technologies, or other non-conventional processes.In undertaking this…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Photography 2A increases student competency in photography by instruction in the use of digital and medium to large format analogue cameras. Flash photography and studio lighting are demonstrated. The history of photography as a documentary medium is investigated through a…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on the development of ideas and images leading to final, resolved artworks. While you will deal with many of the more traditional issues surrounding painting, you might also employ new technologies, or other non-conventional processes.In undertaking this…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides further development in object and furniture design. It reflects a commitment to craft skills necessary for contemporary maker-designers while also exploring the role of design as a critical practice and way of thinking within a world already…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The surface and combining digital fabrication. This unit explores the notion of surface. Intersecting individual studio practice with digital fabrication, students respond to critical design brief/s focused on a world in rapid transformation. Students will be equipped with experimental approaches…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

SECOND YEAR Sculpture (S) & Time Based Media (TBM), involves deep engagement with objects, processes, moving image and sound. STBM is fundamental to installation practice which is a cornerstone of contemporary art. STBM 2A explores evolving and immersive environments. STBM 2A…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Second Year Sculpture (S) and Time Based Media (TBM), involves deep engagement with objects, processes, moving image and sound. STBM is fundamental to installation practice which is a cornerstone of contemporary art. STBM 2B explores interactive & participatory installation. STBM…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Complete 50 credit points of Advanced level units, including one unit from the Creative Curriculum.

You will use your contextual narrative to develop and refine an artwork(s). As you engage in the the processes and strategies of refinement, which can include iteration, reflection and editing, you will be encouraged to reflect on how you will…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will be coached in the generation of ideas for art projects through speculative play and experimentation. You will develop an independent Project Proposal through iterations of research, making and reflection. You will develop your creative research practice and learn…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

 
Creative Curriculum

This work-integrated learning unit will provide you with an opportunity to be guided and supported in undertaking a public creative work. As a member of a team, you will be provided with a brief. Your team’s response will be guided…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartWinter school
LauncestonWinter school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Responding innovatively to a client-initiated briefs is a critical part of working in the creative and cultural industries. This unit fosters collaborative, responsive interaction with internal and external partners and your peers. Introducing a range of interdisciplinary frameworks, this unit…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit offers you the opportunity to undertake supervised fieldwork in an area of media studies. You will develop your understanding of the changing media environment and your ability to map media cultures. You will also be introduced to methods…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will be assigned to a work placement in a government, private, or not-for-profit organisation approved by the University. As part of your internship you will, where opportunity allows, contribute to the production, publication and presentation of creative content, while…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartWinter school
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonWinter school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will complete 100 credit points of Elective units in the Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University in areas such as Health, Business, Science and the Creative Arts. Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional studio practice units.

You can also use this space to complete a major which may be a major chosen from another course, such as the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Science*.

Please contact uConnect if you need more information or if you want to add a second major to your study plan.

To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the discipline that you are interested in. You can complete any units marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for.

*Some exclusions apply. Not all majors can be taken by students in different courses.

We want your study experience with us to be as smooth as possible and we know that choosing from lists and lists of electives can sometimes be overwhelming.

The guides and links below are presented to help you navigate all of these options and find the electives that are best for you.

However, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team at UConnect if you need any help.

Find the answer to your question - ASK US

Other help and guides

Need help choosing you first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

Domestic Applicants

Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education

    Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. In 2020, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer into this course was 50.20. The lowest ATAR to receive an offer may change from year to year based on the number of applications we receive.

    Applicants who have recently completed senior secondary studies but have not received an ATAR may still be eligible for admission. We will consider your individual subject results on a case-by-case basis when we assess your application.

Domestic applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

  • Partially completed an undergraduate course at Diploma level or higher (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points). If an applicant has failed any units the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made; or
  • Completed the UTAS University Preparation Program (or an equivalent qualification offered by an Australian University).

Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed a Certificate IV (or equivalent) in any discipline.

Domestic applicants with work and life experience

Applicants without senior secondary, tertiary or VET / TAFE study can complete a personal competency statement and provide a portfolio of up to ten digital images of recent original artwork in any medium and a statement of interest explaining why you are interested in studying Fine Arts at university.

Subject Pre-requisites

These prerequisites apply to students from all educational backgrounds.

To be an eligible for an offer, you must have studies or experience equivalent to a satisfactory achievement in one of the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subject:

ART315117

Art Production

ART315214

Art Studio Practice

ARA315116

Art Theory and Criticism (replaces Art Appreciation ARA315111)

CGD315118

Computer Graphics and Design

HDS315118

Housing and Design

MED315117

Media Production

TEG315115

Technical Graphics

You can enquire online for information on interstate and international equivalents to the Tasmanian senior secondary subject above. If you have not met this prerequisite, you will need to complete a UTAS foundation unit before you start your course.

Provide evidence of pre-tertiary TASC subject/s in visual arts successfully completed (e.g. academic transcripts and certificates of completion).

Special Consideration

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors, including economic hardship, serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

International Applicants

Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

You may be eligible for advanced standing (i.e. credit points) in this degree if you:

  • Have successfully completed relevant units through the through the University Connections Program (UCP);
  • Have completed an award such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from TAFE or another institution;
  • Are currently studying another Bachelor degree at the University or at another institution;
  • Have completed a Bachelor degree at the University or an equivalent award from another institution.
How to apply for a credit transfer

Simply apply as part of the standard online application process for this degree. Alternatively, your credit transfer can be assessed independently via Recognition for Prior Learning.

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

If you do not meet the General Entrance Requirements or course-specific requirements, there are alternate entry pathways to the Bachelor of Fine Arts:

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your alternative entry pathway.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2021 Total Course Fee (international students): $102,350 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $32,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards including scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability. Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

Find out more about Scholarships & Prizes available.

International Students

There are a large range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania.

Find out more about International Scholarships available.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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