Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (F4A)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 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
Launceston
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1

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 studying Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (BFA(Hons)) is a one-year creative arts degree delivered by the School of Creative Arts and Media.

With facilities close to the centre of both Hobart and Launceston, you will have access to world class workshop facilities with generous allocations of studio working space, staffed by dedicated practising artists and designers. You will be engaging in the contemporary practices of art, which, while still firmly having making at their centre, also engage with the world through critical and reflective thinking.

In one year of advanced practice-led study, you will have the option of undertaking either Professional Honours or Research Honours, depending on your results and your future aims. Professional Honours focuses on developing skills required for engaging in creative practices outside the university setting, while Research Honours prepares you for undertaking a Research Higher Degree such as an MFA or a PhD.

You will present a conceptually multi-layered, resolved creative work as a result of a project in the disciplines of visual art, design or theatre and performance. We are developing opportunities for our students to participate in contemporary culture, not to just be consumers of it - to actively contribute to the cultural life of our society. You will be able to engage directly with Tasmania’s internationally acclaimed arts culture through our ongoing partnerships with festivals and arts institutions across the state and interact with both Australian and international visiting artists.

A degree in creative arts can be the foundation of a surprising variety of careers, as it develops the generally agreed essential 21st century skills of criticality, creativity, innovation and communication; the only limits are in your imagination.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours will be able to:

  1. Define and articulate, to relevant audiences, coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying research principles and diverse contexts that inform all aspects of arts practice.
  2. Demonstrate intellectual independence and reflexive practice through the critical analysis and evaluation of ideas, artefacts, performances, commentary and knowledge.
  3. Exercise well-developed initiative and judgement in developing new cognitive and technical skills, to manage contingencies, and respond critically and creatively to complex problems.
  4. Undertake self-directed, speculative inquiry in one or more disciplines to develop research outcomes by adapting advanced knowledge and skills in diverse contexts, and executing projects with unforeseen outcomes.
  5. Develop and sustain a creative practice and inquiry that is both autonomous and connected with professional, scholarly, and social communities.

The University of Tasmania is integrated into all areas of industry locally, nationally and internationally be it through research or work placement programs. Talk to your course coordinator about finding an opportunity to take part in a work experience, placement, or extracurricular activities during your degree.

Career outcomes

As a designer, people come to me wanting a solution to a problem. We work out the best way of solving that visually, emotionally and commercially.

Rebecca Birrell, Fine Arts Graduate and Business Owner

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.

Postgraduate study

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

Course structure

In Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours you will complete 100 credit points comprising;

  • 12.5 credit points of Core units
  • 37.5 credit points of Core option units
  • a 50 credit point research thesis or a 50 credit point creative project and exegesis.

In your final semester, you will need to enrol in XSB400 which will record your final overall Honours result. This unit is administrative only and does not have classes or assessments.

This unit provides you with ideas, knowledge, and skills for research practice across a broad range of disciplines in creative arts and media. You will become familiar with research resources, diverse methodological approaches, research governance, and various means of interpreting…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

You will identify the creative practice skills needed to enable and/or complement your Honours research project. This is your opportunity to pursue the acquisition of highly specialised skills that are not otherwise taught, or to extend your existing skill base…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

You will identify for yourself the creative practice skills needed to enable and/or complement your Honours research project. This is your opportunity to pursue the acquisition of highly specialised skills that are not otherwise taught, or to extend your existing…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

This unit provides an opportunity for you to explore in-depth historical, theoretical and/or contextual aspects of creative arts research. Topics focus on recent developments in key areas of research and practice, generated from current research activities within the School of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Digital media, including social media platforms, play an increasing role in the contemporary media landscape. This unit provides you with a strong foundation for understanding the function of digital media in the contemporary media landscape. It will develop your knowledge…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

Recent global events and a dynamic media landscape have highlighted the importance of public relations (PR) practitioners as a central component of contemporary strategic communications practice. This unit will develop your understanding of historical, theoretical, and practical approaches to public…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

The ability to strategically communicate is a skill required in many industries and sectors. In this unit, you are introduced to a variety of media platforms and approaches to provide a strong foundation for participation in the media and communication…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Feb A

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

In Tasmania, our vibrant arts and cultural calendar includes MOFO and Dark MOFO, Ten Days on the Island, and Beaker Street. In this unit, you will learn about the role of festivals, open days, street fairs and other events in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartWinter school

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

Science communication has an increasingly vital role to play in a modern, global society. The growing awareness of the threat of climate change, along with the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, has highlighted the importance of the effective communication of science.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3

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

This unit equips you with the skills to produce content and tell stories across a range of media. A variety of digital tools, delivery options and conceptual approaches will be explored as you design, research and produce their content. Academic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

What is the story of your research? Who is your audience, and how can you attract and persuade them to engage with your research? This unit focuses on communicating research to diverse audiences, and how researchers can contribute to scholarly…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

In consultation with your supervisor, you will complete either a 50 credit point written research thesis or a 50 credit point creative project and exegesis. In your final semester you will also need to enrol in XSB400.

The honours thesis is a 15,000 word research project on a topic of the student’s choice which has been approved by the Honours coordinator. The supervision of the project involves (where applicable) the gaining of ethics approval, and regular meetings…

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

The honours thesis is a 15,000 word research project on a topic of the student’s choice which has been approved by the Honours coordinator. The supervision of the project involves (where applicable) the gaining of ethics approval, and regular meetings…

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

The honours thesis is a 15,000 word research project on a topic of the student’s choice which has been approved by the Honours coordinator. The supervision of the project involves (where applicable) the gaining of ethics approval, and regular meetings…

Credit Points: 12.5

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

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

The honours thesis is a 15,000 word research project on a topic of the student’s choice which has been approved by the Honours coordinator. The supervision of the project involves (where applicable) the gaining of ethics approval, and regular meetings…

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

In this unit you will concentrate on developing a practice-based research project of a speculative and individual nature. Experimentation is encouraged, as is a firm commitment to the articulation of enquiries in written, verbal and visual form, and its integration…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

In this unit you will concentrate on developing a practice-based research project of a speculative and individual nature.Experimentation is encouraged, as is a firm commitment to the articulation of enquiries in written, verbaland visual form, and its integration into creative…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Entry requirements

At least one of the General Entrance Requirements of the University, and the following course-specific entry requirements must be met for entry into the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours:

  • Successful completion of a relevant bachelor’s degree with a major in visual or fine arts, design or theatre and performance with  with a Distinction (70%) average at the University of Tasmania or another approved tertiary institution, or equivalent industry experience.
  • submission of a project proposal which can be supported by appropriate academic supervision

Admission to Honours courses at the University of Tasmania require qualifications equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree. Applicants must achieve the required grade in their qualifying studies, meet any prerequisite subjects and the English language requirements to be eligible for an offer. Admission is conditional on research project and supervisor availability.

English Language Requirements  

For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship or prior studies in English in an approved country, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

Course Specific Requirements

  • Successful completion of a relevant bachelor’s degree with a major in visual or fine arts, design or theatre and performance with a distinction (70%) average at the University of Tasmania or another approved tertiary institution, or equivalent industry experience.
  • submission of a project proposal which can be supported by appropriate academic supervision. The portfolio should consist of up to 10 labelled digital images or videos of recent original artwork and a project proposal to support the application.

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

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $32,950 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

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

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