Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (F4A)

Overview  2020

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 2 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

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Duration

Minimum 1 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
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.

The BFA Honours Research allows students to concentrate on developing a body of work of a speculative and individual nature. The emphasis is placed on a spirit of excellence and a strong sense of independent enquiry. Experimentation is encouraged and the candidate should have a firm commitment to the articulation of visual art theory in written, verbal and visual form, and its integration into art practice.

The course is designed to prepare students for research training at postgraduate level, and to develop their respective practices as artists, designers or writers.

Students meet regularly with their supervisors, and participate in group discussions and critiques to gain feedback on their project during the course of the program.

The program of study need not be media-specific; however students will be supervised in the context of one of the following studio areas at the School of Art: Art and Design Theory, Drawing, Electronic Media, 3D Design, Visual Communication, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture.

The BFA Honours Professional course allows students to concentrate on developing a body of work of a speculative and individual nature. The emphasis is placed on developing a professional approach to practice and maintaining a strong sense of independent enquiry. Experimentation is encouraged and the candidate should have a commitment to the articulation of visual art theory and its integration into art practice.

The course is designed to prepare students for successfully pursuing their respective practices as artists, designers or curators.

Students meet regularly with their supervisors, and participate in group discussions and critiques to gain feedback on their project during the course of the program.

The program of study need not be media-specific; however students will be supervised in the context of one of the following studio areas at the School of Art: Art and Design Theory, Drawing, Electronic Media, 3D Design, Visual Communication, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture and Curatorial Practice.

  1. Define and articulate, to relevant audiences, coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying research principles and diverse contexts (e.g. social, cultural and historical) that inform all aspects of arts practice.
  2. Demonstrate intellectual independence, self-awareness 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 with some independence, provide solutions to complex problems and deliver conceptually multi-layered, resolved creative works.
  4. Undertake self-directed, speculative inquiry in one or more disciplines to develop new, individual creative practice outcomes by adapting advanced knowledge and skills in diverse contexts, and executing projects with unforeseen outcomes.
  5. Develop and sustain a researched, self-defined creative practice and/or inquiry that is both autonomous and connected with professional, scholarly, and/or social communities.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours has a strong emphasis on active engagement with industry, with students producing high quality creative outcomes that reflect authentic workplace and professional environments as well as developing skills in independent research practice and project management. Students will propose, develop and deliver multiple professional outcomes – public presentation of work, participation in an Honours conference – that require thoughtful engagement with peers and professionals in the creative and cultural industries. Through participation in Arts Forums, engagement with Arts in Residence, and exposure to key creative arts events and organisations, student will make meaningful connections with industry stakeholders, practitioners, researchers, creative artists and teachers from local, national and international contexts.

The Professional Honours stream can cater for projects developed in partnership with creative arts institutions and organisations and enable students to undertake industry placements as part of their project.

Career outcomes

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.

Course structure

The candidate will submit a proposal for a course of study within one of the following studio areas, although this program is not necessarily media-specific:

Research Stream Professional Stream
Art and Design Theory
Drawing
Time Based Media
3D Design
Visual Communication
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
Curatorial Studies
Drawing
Time Based Media
3D Design
Visual Communication
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture

Cross-disciplinary honours courses consisting of combinations of disciplines from the Faculty may from time to time be approved. A candidate may not enrol in a joint honours course unless permitted to do so by the Faculty on the recommendation of the Heads of the two Schools concerned. Candidates must either have passed the prerequisite units prescribed in the schedule for both of the proposed disciplines or have otherwise satisfied the Head of the two Schools that they are sufficiently qualified to undertake the joint course.

In addition to the below, all students will enrol in XSB400 Honours (0.00%) in their final semester. The award of honours is given in relation to the whole of the year's work. The award is graded as follows - First Class; Second Class, upper division; Second Class, lower division; or Third Class; and will be recorded against the administrative unit XSB400 Honours.

Research Studio candidates will undertake:-

  • two coursework units;
  • a self-initiated supervised research project developed over two semesters as two separate units;
  • a preliminary research project; and
  • a thesis.

Full-time Studio candidates will enrol in:- FSA414 Studio Project Development (25cp), FSA411 Studio Project Design (12.5cp) and FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) in semester one; and both FSA422 Thesis - Research Project A(25cp) and FSA423 Thesis - Research Project B(25cp) in semester two.

Part-time Studio candidates will enrol in:- FSA411 Studio Project Design (12.5cp) and FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) in semester one; FSA414 Studio Project Development (25cp) in semester 2; FSA422 Thesis-Research Project A (25cp) in semester 3; and FSA423 Thesis-Research Project B (25cp) in semester 4.

Research Art and Design Theory candidates will undertake:-

  • three course-work units;
  • a self-initiated supervised research project developed over two semesters as two separate units;
  • a preliminary research project;and
  • a thesis.

Full-time Theory candidates will enrol in:- FSA412 Contemporary Visual Theory (25cp), FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) and FSA418 Theory Project Design (12.5cp) in semester one; and both FSA422 Thesis - Research Project A(25cp) and FSA423 Thesis - Research Project B(25cp) in semester 2.

Part-time Theory candidates will enrol in:- FSA418 Theory Project Design (12.5cp) and FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) in semester one; FSA412 Contemporary Visual Theory (25cp) in semester 2; FSA422 Thesis-Research Project A (25cp) in semester 3; and FSA423 Thesis-Research Project B (25cp) in semester 4.

Professional candidates will undertake:-

  • two course-work units;
  • a self-initiated professionally orientated supervised research project developed over two semesters as two separate units;
  • a preliminary research project; and
  • a visual thesis.

Full-time Professional candidates will enrol in:- FSA414 Studio Project Development (25cp), FSA411 Studio Project Design (12.5cp) and FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) in semester one; and both FSA424 Thesis-Professional Project A(25cp) and FSA425 Thesis-Professional Project B(25cp) in semester 2.

Part-time Professional candidates will enrol in:- FSA411 Studio Project Design (12.5cp) and FSA413 Defining the Field (12.5cp) in semester one; FSA414 Studio Project Development (25cp) in semester 2; FSA424 Thesis - Professional Project A (25cp) in semester 3; and FSA425 Thesis - Professional Project B (25cp) in semester 4.

The research conducted for this unit will lay the groundwork for your thesis submission in second semester.In this unit you will develop a research plan and time line for the pursuit of a line of speculative, self-directed work in the…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

The research conducted for this unit will lay the groundwork for your thesis submission in second semester.In this unit you will develop a research plan and time line for the pursuit of a line of speculative, self-directed work in the…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

In the case of Honours ( Studio Research) candidates, the thesis is a resolved body of art or design work and an accompanying exegesis based on your own line of speculative self-directed research, building on the context for the project…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

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

In the case of Honours ( Studio Research) candidates, the thesis is a resolved body of art or design work and an accompanying exegesis based on your own line of speculative self-directed research, building on the context for the project…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Students will enrol in XSB400 Honours (0 points) in their final semester.

The research conducted for this unit will lay the groundwork for your thesis submission in second semester.In this unit you will develop a research plan and time line for the pursuit of a line of speculative, self-directed work in the…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

In the case of Honours (Studio Professional) candidates, the thesis is a resolved body of art or design work and an accompanying project summary based on your own line of speculative self-directed research, building on the context for the project…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

In the case of Honours ( Studio Research) candidates, the thesis is a resolved body of art or design work and an accompanying exegesis based on your own line of speculative self-directed research, building on the context for the project…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

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

In the case of Honours ( Studio Research) candidates, the thesis is a resolved body of art or design work and an accompanying exegesis based on your own line of speculative self-directed research, building on the context for the project…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Students will enrol in XSB400 Honours (0 points) in their final semester.

Entry requirements

Entry in the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours is by formal application. Candidates are expected to have a good academic record, and to have satisfied minimum criteria as either: successful completion of an undergraduate creative arts degree or major in creative arts within a generalist with high achievement; or demonstrate equivalent professional attainment. 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:

  • a relevant bachelors degree with a major in visual or fine arts, design and/or theatre and performance with a distinction average or equivalent at the University of Tasmania or another approved tertiary institution; or equivalent industry experience, and;
  • Can be provided with appropriate academic supervision for their proposed project.

Portfolio and Project Proposal

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.

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.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.

International students

2020 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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