Bachelor of Fine Arts

You're creative at heart and want to build a career doing what you love.
Gippsland - Churchill
Location
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
-
Other intakes
-
View all semester start dates
Length
3 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
ATAR
Selection is based on successful interview and folio presentation as well as completing a year 12 qualification (VCE/interstate or overseas equivalent), as well as meeting the prerequisite study requirements

With the Bachelor of Fine Arts, you'll develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a professional artist. In line with contemporary practice you may choose to work in an interdisciplinary mode, possibly including performance, installation, video and new media.

During the first year, you are introduced to a range of activities to broaden your skills and experience. You will undertake subjects in both two-dimensional and multi-dimensional studios, as well as drawing, digital art and the history and theory of art and design. Learning may take place in a studio or workshop, lecture, tutorial, library, gallery or another learning setting, on or off-campus.

Your second year involves further in-depth studies. In the studio art practice subjects, you will gain further experience in a range of media although with an increased emphasis on self-initiating projects, particularly in semester two.

In the final year of your degree, you will propose a self-directed project incorporating research and contemporary art practice, supported by staff from a number of specialist studios. You will be working in, or across, the different studios as the individual projects demand. You will also undertake a subject in professional art practice.

Our open, flexible, specialist studios include ceramics / 3D, drawing, printmaking, and painting. All teaching staff are practicing artists and designers with considerable reputations in Australia.

Areas of study include: Ceramics/3D, Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Digital Art, Multi-dimensional Art.

 

  • Art critic
  • Art director
  • Art gallery technician
  • Art historian
  • Art restorer
  • Artist
  • Artistic consultant
  • Arts administrator
  • Arts and cultural planner
  • Cartoonist
  • Potter/ceramist
  • Community arts advisor
  • Conservator
  • Creative director
  • Cultural development officer
  • Cultural heritage officer
  • Curator
  • Exhibitions officer
  • Gallery assistant
  • Illustrator
  • Jewellery designer/maker
  • Museum curator/technician
  • Painter
  • Photo journalist
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Screen printer
  • Sculptor
  • Textile designer
  • Visual merchandiser

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

DRAWING 1
VAMIN1011, 15 credit points
VISUAL ART STUDIO ART PRACTICE 1
VASAP1011, 30 credit points
VISUAL CULTURE - AN INTRODUCTION
VATHR1011, 15 credit points

Semester 2

DIGITAL ART 1
VAMIN1012, 15 credit points
VISUAL ART STUDIO ART PRACTICE 2
VASAP1012, 30 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

DIGITAL ART 2
VAMIN2004, 15 credit points
VISUAL ART STUDIO PRACTICE 3
VASAP2003, 30 credit points
MODERNISM IN ART AND DESIGN
VATHR2013, 15 credit points

Semester 2

DRAWING 2
VAMIN1003, 15 credit points
VISUAL ART STUDIO PRACTICE 4
VASAP2004, 30 credit points
ART AND DESIGN: POST WAR TO POSTMODERN
VATHR2014, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

PROFESSIONAL ART PRACTICE
VAPAP3005, 15 credit points
VISUAL ART STUDIO ART PRACTICE 5
VASAP3005, 30 credit points

Semester 2

STUDIO PRACTICE 6
VASAP3006, 45 credit points
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN VISUAL CULTURE
VATHR3016, 15 credit points
12 hours per week.
Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students (2020) and recent secondary graduates (2019 and 2018)

Prerequisites 

  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English

 

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses an applicant's entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST)

 

Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses an applicant's entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

 

Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

This course uses an applicant's entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant work and life experience to strengthen their application.

Extra Requirements

Essential requirements for selection and application

Supplementary form

Compulsory: Applicants must complete and submit a supplementary application form to secure an interview. The online form can be accessed from here

Folio and folio presentation 

Compulsory: The selection process includes an interview and folio presentation. Your folio work should be representative of your creative ideas and abilities. Qualities of importance are originality, innovation, imagination, experimentation and competence in the basic skills associated with visual arts. Please include evidence of your drawing skills in your folio, along with any journals of relevant material. Read more about preparing your folio or consider attending our folio preparation workshop.

Interview 

Compulsory: Applicants must attend an interview of approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Please check the Arts Academy webpage for dates and locations.
In the interview, you are asked to present a comprehensive folio of your work in a variety of media. The selection panel is interested to hear about your motivations for studying in your chosen field, and see a range of creative work that demonstrates your ability to explore ideas in depth. Read more about the interview.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700737261 (Churchill)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: QF5

CRICOS code: 0100643

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$7,950 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2021

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

Non-compulsory material fees may apply for some studios.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

The Arts Academy conducts an Art and Design Workshop in the September school holidays.This workshop will include tips on how to prepare your folio, interview tips, tour of the art studios and opportunity to talk to current staff. A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (QF5) replaces AA5 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) from Semester 1 2020.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Arts

Course coordinator

Julie Reed Henderson