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.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance

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ATAR

84.85 Note 2015 Clearly-in ATAR
75* Note Monash guarantee

*Conditions apply for the Monash Guarantee.

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences/Other
N/A N/A

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Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
Note:

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)

Information about fees

Overview

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Arts

Your qualification will be a
Bachelor of Arts

Choose from the following:

Majors, extended majors and minors
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
No Group
Anthropology Clayton Clayton
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
Human geography Clayton Clayton
International relations Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Journalism Caulfield Caulfield Caulfield
Linguistics Clayton 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
History
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
History
Ancient cultures Clayton Clayton
History Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Indigenous cultures and histories Clayton Clayton
International studies
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
International studies
Australia in the world Caulfield, Clayton
Holocaust and genocide studies Caulfield, Clayton
International studies Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Islamic studies Clayton
Jewish studies Caulfield, Clayton
Languages and culture
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
Languages and culture
Chinese studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
English as an international language Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
French studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
German studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
Indonesian studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
Italian studies Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Japanese studies Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Korean studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
Spanish and Latin American studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
Ukrainian studies Clayton
Music and performing arts
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
Music and performing arts
Music Clayton Clayton
Performance Clayton
Theatre Clayton Clayton
Philosophy and bioethics
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
Philosophy and bioethics
Bioethics Caulfield, Clayton
Human rights Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Philosophy Caulfield, Clayton Clayton, Caulfield Caulfield, Clayton
Religious studies Clayton Clayton

Fine Art

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

Prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
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.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra requirements

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 from 8 August 2016.

Each applicant's final ranking is based on a range of criteria – their interview score (where applicable), folio, and ATAR or GPA.

Folio

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.

Presentation

Please present examples of your work in a folio no bigger than A1 in size (A3 or A4 sized folios are acceptable). 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
  • Paintings
  • Photography, illustration, collage, digital works
  • Videos and animations

Journal

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.

Interview

Duration: 15-20 minutes

The interview will be as informal as possible. There is no need to rehearse - just be yourself. Demonstrate that you have the ability to commit yourself to an intensive program of study and the potential to utilise what Monash offers for your personal, intellectual, professional and artistic development.

We're looking for your enthusiasm for your chosen discipline. We hope you've begun to explore your ambitions at school and outside of the school curriculum as well. We want to see experimentation and curiosity in your attitudes and work and that you can express form and ideas through both drawing and making. We hope you have an enthusiasm for particular artists or designers.

Typically there will be two interviewers present who will direct the interview, often studying through your folio while asking you questions at the same time.

Explain your work and why you made certain decisions about how it turned out. For the Bachelor of Architectural Design you'll have an opportunity to tell us about the ideas you explored in the pre-selection activity. The interview also allows you to demonstrate your communication skills while discussing your background, enthusiasm, and motivations.

You'll have the opportunity to tell us about a product, designer, artist or architect that has inspired you, promote your achievements, awards, prizes and let us know about your interests beyond your discipline of choice.

At the end you will be asked if you have any questions. Have some prepared. Interview the interviewers. Ask questions about aspects of the degree and demonstrate you've researched Monash and the course.

Making the application

Future students

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

Current Monash students

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...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:

A$6256

Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

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.

Scholarships

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.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Course Structure

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:

A. Arts specified study

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.

B. Arts listed major

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.

A. History and theory studies

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.

B. Drawing foundation

This will assist you to develop the perceptual, practical and intellectual skills required by art, design and architecture students in the discipline of drawing.

C. Fine art knowledge and practice

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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