Arts and Fine Art
Bachelor degree/Bachelor degree
This double degree course will immerse you in a range of conceptual and practical approaches to art making through workshops and classes to help develop your studio practice, while giving you a sound knowledge of the theories and practices that arts, social science and humanities professionals use every day.
Combining Visual Arts with your choice of 40 majors and minors from our arts course means you can discover subjects you never knew existed and you can tailor your studies to your academic or personal interests, while exploring different career options.
This course leads to two separate degrees:
- the Bachelor of Visual Arts, and
- the Bachelor of Arts.
You will gain all the benefits of each degree course (see Bachelor of Fine Art/Bachelor of Arts) and be fully equipped to pursue a career drawing on either separately or to combine the two in your chosen work.
Arts combined with Visual Arts can open doors in the creative economy and provide opportunities in a diverse range of public contexts. You'll develop the kind of transferable skills employers are looking for - communication, teamwork, research, critical thinking and cultural sensitivity.
You'll be equipped for a career in the arts industry as a curator, arts writer, theorist or art educator or to work in museums, galleries, community arts programs, art and design consultancies or arts/cultural conservation organisations. In addition, you'll be prepared for many interdisciplinary careers roles in cultural programs for community, government or business, arts management, art and design criticism, publishing and art therapy.
At a glance
*Conditions apply for the Monash Guarantee.
|Location(s):||On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time|
Depending upon your Arts major you may take the Arts component at Clayton or Caulfield.
|Duration:||4 years (full time), 8 years (part time)|
|Start date:||First Semester (February)|
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Your qualification will be a
Bachelor of Arts
Choose to major in one of:
|Listed area of study||Major||Extended Major||Minor|
|Behavioural studies||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Communications and media studies||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Criminology||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Film and screen studies||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|International relations||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Literary studies||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Politics||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Psychology||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Sociology||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Listed area of study||Major||Extended Major||Minor|
|Languages and culture|
|English as an international language||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Italian studies||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Japanese studies||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
|Spanish and Latin American studies||Clayton||Clayton||Clayton|
Please select a specialisation for more details:
You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.
Equivalent Australian Year 12
All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.
|Australian VCE subjects||Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL||N/A||N/A|
|IB||At least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL||N/A||N/A|
Alternative qualifications and prerequisites
For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.
Non-School leaver requirements
All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.
VET Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma graduates: Certificate IV level studies will be considered where the applicant has average results of 70% or above. Recommended studies include courses with high arts, humanities or social science content. Some advanced standing may be granted for TAFE studies.
University: Two single units at an Australian higher education institution satisfy minimum entry requirements, but more units may be useful for selection, especially those with high arts, humanities or social science content. Applicants should have at least a 60% average in their studies. Credit for previous studies will only be granted if completed no more than 10 years prior to admission, however, completed qualifications can be used for admission purposes even if gained more than 10 years prior.
Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.
University entrance requirements
Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.
All domestic applicants must
1. Apply via VTAC
2. Complete an on-line registration form for the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
3. Attend an interview
4. Present a folio and supply a digital copy at the interview
Important dates and requirements
The online registration form will be available 3 August – 15 October 2015.Each applicant's final ranking is based on a range of criteria – their interview score (where applicable), folio, and ATAR or GPA.
Your folio should include 10 to 15 major examples of your best creative works and additional minor pieces. A well-presented folio demonstrates that you value your work and tells us we should value your work too.
Please present your drawings in either an A1 or A0 folio. Don't worry about mounting them. Plastic leaved folios are ok but loose leaf is also fine. Include original works instead of photos where possible – if 3-dimensional works are easily carried bring them along.
You must also supply us with a digital copy of your folio for our record. You can provide this to us on the day of your interview on USB or CD-ROM. We prefer individual images be saved as JPEG, PNG, or TIFF and videos as H.264 MOV or MP4. Alternately, your folio can be saved as a single PDF or DOCX file.
If you are attending multiple interviews, you can choose to submit only one copy or multiple copies if you are presenting significantly different folios.
What should I include in my folio?
Your folio should reflect you: your interests, your practice and your ambitions. You can include many different types of work in your folio depending on your discipline of choice. It can include some of (but not necessarily all of):
- 3D or sculptural objects
- Art pieces
- Colour and pattern
- Demonstrate good quality line work and shading
- Development pages and initial plans
- Drawings (2D, 3D, and in perspective)
- Image making
- Layout and typography
- Narratives and story-telling
- Photography, illustration, collage, digital works
- Videos and animations
The journal is very important. This should contain your exploration of ideas, and document works or exhibitions you have seen. It is a portable laboratory of your search and experiments. Interviewers always look carefully at the journals you bring in as they reveal your thinking, capacity for curiosity and experimentation.
Making the application
Semester one (February)
Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.
Semester two (July)
This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry
Course codes for applying directly to Monash:
- Visual arts - A20051
You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.
Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...
Fees are subject to change annually.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
The average annual student contribution amount is:
Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.
As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:
- pay all of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
- defer payment through the HECS HELP loan scheme.
We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.
The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.
Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.
The Bachelor of Arts is a comprehensive course, structured in three equal parts. In the double degree course you complete:
This will expose you to several Arts disciplines areas of study contributing breadth to your knowledge of the arts, humanities and social sciences. It will also give you the opportunity to learn about several areas of study before finalising your choice of major and minor.
This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in one Faculty of Arts listed major area of study. You will learn to critically analyse, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of the area of study.
The Bachelor of Fine Art is a specialist course that develops through theme studies in history and theory, drawing, and fine art knowledge and practice which will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the final year of the course.
History and theory units will equip you with the skills necessary to research fine art issues and provide the research methods relevant to your studio or workshop practice. They will enable you to contextualise your own practice and communicate ideas and strategies. Through the prism of history, as well as reference to bodies of knowledge relevant to cultural production, you will begin to situate the place of Fine art in society.
This will assist you to develop the perceptual, practical and intellectual skills required by art, design and architecture students in the discipline of drawing.
Through this component of the course you will develop key skills and concepts particular to your Fine art specialisation. Through lectures and seminars, studios or practice driven workshops, you will develop the capacity for independent cultural production within Fine Art and related fields. Interdisciplinary skills and understanding will be explored, as well as critical thinking. Students specialising in Art history and curating will have the opportunity to interact with topics and students from a range of relevant fields in the Arts. Students specialising in Visual arts will engage with and integrate specific professional fields from related areas into their practice.
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The following progression map(s) shows you a guide of the typical sequencing of units undertaken in this course.
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