Fine Art - F2003

Fine Art

Bachelor degree

This course will help launch your career in the visual arts as an artist, commentator or curator. It will challenge you and support you to excel.

By specialising in Fine Art you can find and develop your own artistic voice, preparing you for a career as a contemporary artist.

Art History and Curating can help you develop your eye for art and your understanding of its origins and significance, ready to work in art history, criticism, curating and cultural production.

Study Visual Arts as part of a double degree and be ready to work in visual arts or to use your artistic creativity and passion across diverse fields.

Monash University's highly focused Art, Design and Architecture environment offers engaging, exciting and challenging opportunities to extend your talents and support your transition to a creative occupation.

  • Our lecturers are nationally and internationally recognised practising artists, art historians and cultural commentators. They are passionate about teaching contemporary art, bringing their innovative contemporary art practice and industry experience to your education.
  • Fine Art at Monash is distinctive for its establishment of a cross-disciplinary foundation for your first-year studies. You will work and collaborate within and across established and emergent disciplines and technologies.
  • You will work with professional artists and practitioners from allied creative fields such as art theory, administration and curatorial practice, developing essential connections and highly transferable skills.
  • You will study and work within a vibrant cultural precinct, including MUMA (the Monash University Museum of Art), Ian Potter Sculpture Court, MADA Gallery, and Runt and Link Spaces.
  • Take an immersive study semester at Monash's Prato Centre. The centre is in an 18th-century palazzo in Tuscany, with access to some of the world's greatest art and design work and the location of the world's premier art event, the Venice Biennale.

Our award-winning graduates exhibit nationally and internationally and engage with the many opportunities offered in professional and creative fields.

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At a glance

ATAR

RC Note Range of criteria 2
60.65# Note 2017 lowest ATAR offer RC2

^Entry to this course is based on a range of criteria so there is no Clearly-in ATAR, except for the Art History and Curating specialisation - see specialisation information below for details.

#Students are eligible to be considered for admission to the Fine Art specialisation if their achieved ATAR, or their adjusted ATAR after SEAS equity bonuses, is 70 or above. Selection is then based on a combination of the quality of their portfolio and interview.

*Conditions apply for the Monash Guarantee.

The Monash Guarantee score for the Art History and Curating specialisation is 75.

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
Tick N/A N/A

Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
Duration
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date First Semester (February)
See course requirements

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 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. N/A N/A
IB A score of 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: To be considered, applicants will normally require at least 60% average. Preference will be given to students whose prior studies are related to the course in which they are seeking admission. Programs that involve competency-based assessment without grades or marks will not meet the admission requirements.

University: Two single units at an Australian higher education institution satisfy minimum entry requirements, but more units may be useful for selection, especially in areas of study related to the course in which admission is being sought.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

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.

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course. More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using one of the following course codes:

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

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$6349

Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

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.

With a specialist course at Monash you begin study in your area of interest from day one. If you have a specific career goal or more specific field of study firmly in your sights, this may be the option for you. These courses are designed to ensure you have the right combination of skills needed for your professional field.

The course develops through theme studies in history and theory, drawing, and fine art knowledge and practice. In the Art history and curating specialisation, these will come together through an internship and a final research project. In the Fine art and Visual arts specialisations, these will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the third year of the course.

Partner with another course

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 up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.