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Fine Arts

Tasmania will inspire the maker in you. It's a place where nature and culture, past and present, creativity and industry collide.

Studying Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania teaches you how to generate your own opportunities through resourcefulness, connections, and collaborations. You'll set yourself 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. In thematic-based Critical Practice units, you'll learn to position your practice within the broader 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.

Introducing the Creative Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum is a space for students to build their disciplinary expertise through innovation and collaboration. Students studying the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Media and Communications will now complete 2 Creative Curriculum units as part of their degree.

These units will provide the opportunity to create and share work with the public, build industry connections, undertake fieldtrips, complete an industry placement, and build experience in work-integrated learning. See the Study Experiences section below for more information.

Course Options

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Minimum 3 years, up to a maximum of 7 years*
Hobart and Launceston CRICOS 005531K

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Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours

Minimum 1 year, up to a maximum of 2 years*
Hobart and Launceston CRICOS 017285J

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Diploma of Fine Arts

Minimum 1 years, up to a maximum of 5 years*
Hobart and Launceston CRICOS 0100744

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*Subject to international student visa conditions if applicable.

Work with generous studio spaces and equipment, highly skilled technicians, and gain access that extends beyond scheduled class times.

Engage with internationally acclaimed creatives through the Artist in Residence and Arts Forum programs.

Take part in a rich student-driven exhibition program across our on-site galleries and iconic spaces.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees

Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Study options

Drawing and Printmaking

Drawing and printmaking build skills in observation and imagination, with works shaped by hand transformed in the materiality of print processes. Through observation and inventive making, you'll deepen your understanding of both practices. Develop skills in the traditional processes of woodcutting, etching, lithography and screen printing, complemented with the latest innovations in digital processes, laser cutting and installation.

Object and Furniture

Building on a history of excellence in furniture-making, the Object and Furniture studio introduces you to the principles, practice and processes of design and manufacture, incorporating a variety of techniques for conceptualising, developing and presenting design solutions. Learn to develop these skills, be inspired to work at the cutting-edge of object-based practice and produce effective and professional design solutions.

Painting

In the Painting studio, you'll engage with a variety of practices, ideas and skills. These will equip you with the confidence to express your ideas, develop your artistic practice and connect with a vibrant contemporary art world. You'll experiment with all of the possibilities that the medium has to offer.

Photography

The Photography studio allows you to explore and develop your own conceptual and visual potential, while challenging preconceived notions of the medium along the way. You'll also be introduced to technical skills using light-sensitive materials and camera-generated images. Everything you learn will further the individual expression of your concepts.

Sculpture and Time-Based Media

Explore the frontiers of art and create brave new experiences. Explore how sculptural practice and creative technology can come together using vision, sound, space, and the dimension of time. Whether it unfolds online or in a cinema, through speakers or in a real-world space, time-based media is the dominant form of communication today.

Course breakdown

Choose from our range of undergraduate courses to suit your experience and ambitions. In the Bachelor of Fine Arts, you also have the added flexibility of choosing elective units across the University.

Develop complementary skills in design, creative arts and health, music, media, and creative writing or explore history, politics, the blue and green sciences, and other subjects that will inspire your practice.

1

Diploma of Fine Arts

100 credit points

Choice of Critical Practices and introductory studio-based units; or introductory and intermediate studio-based units
8 x 12.5 credit point units

2

Bachelor of Fine Arts

300 credit points

Critical Practices
8 x 12.5 credit point units

Choice of five studio majors
8 x 12.5 credit point units

Choice of electives across the University
8 x 12.5 credit point units

3

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours

100 credit points

Choice of Research (Studio-based);  
Research (Art and Design Theory); or
Professional Honours  
4 x 25 credit point units

Career outcomes

Festival Hub Mural: Mona Foma 2020

Find out how Fine Arts students got the chance to collaborate with acclaimed muralist and Fine Arts graduate Jamin at Mona Foma.

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.

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

Graphic Designers and Illustrators

13.6%

projected job growth to 2024

Photographers

13.5%

projected job growth to 2024

Visual Arts Professionals

10.4%

projected job growth to 2024

Study Experiences

DOMAIN

Explore an online exhibition by Art, Music and Theatre students that takes place within a virtual tour of Domain House — an historic house in Hobart and the original home of the University of Tasmania.

DOMAIN features multimedia installations and works-in-progress, which respond to ‘domain’ as a concept, from video and sound works to theatrical sets and scripts.

Find out more about DOMAIN

Experience the Creative Curriculum

Students studying the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Media and Communications will now complete 2 Creative Curriculum units as part of their degree (FSX207 Creative Lab in second year, one unit of their choice from a selection of four in third year. See the individual course pages for more information on unit options).

The options in the Creative Curriculum provides the opportunity to create and share work with the public, build industry connections, undertake fieldtrips, complete an industry placement, and build experience in work-integrated learning.

Unique to the School of Creative Arts and Media (CAM) and the University of Tasmania, the Creative Curriculum brings each of CAM’s disciplines together in an experimental, interdisciplinary environment that prepares you for a future in emerging creative arts, music, performance and media practice.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. 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, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.