Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)


  • Program code: BP201
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  • Campus: City campus

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This is an interdisciplinary, practice-based fine art program offering studies in a broad range of specialised areas, including:

  • expanded studio practice (drawing, media arts, painting, video art)
  • object-based practice (ceramics, gold and silversmithing)
  • print imaging practice (fine art photography, printmaking)
  • sculpture, sound and spatial practice (sculpture, sound, public art).

Exploring art through studio practice is central to the program. You will develop a range of practical, conceptual and technical skills to enable you to evaluate different approaches to your own practice, or to further your understanding of the creative industries.

Studio courses are taught by high profile practising artists and are complemented by integrated studies in the history and theory of art. The program offers flexible study options.

Many of our staff and alumni have won prestigious national and international awards, with staff regularly exhibiting in local, national and international galleries and venues.

There is a Pre-selection kit associated with this program, see the Entry requirements section for further details.


3 years full-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

Your study will take place in world-class facilities led by practising artists who will work with you to build an appreciation for the histories, culture and diversity of art in a globally creative world.

This program has a strong focus on practical, studio-based learning. Lecturers have many years of industry experience and are all practising artists, allowing them to share their expertise in the learning environment. All practical classes are taught in industry-standard facilities using current technology.

Assessment is through a combination of folio presentation, project responses, written reflections and critical theory essays.

All programs are delivered in English. You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Program structure

The four program plans allow you to refine your practice, however the flexibility supports interdisciplinary studies and you may choose a range of courses from any of the plans throughout the degree.

The program structure allows you to develop your individual style of making art through the exploration of materials, media and approaches including:

  • ceramics
  • drawing
  • experimental animation
  • gold and silversmithing
  • installation practice
  • painting
  • performance art
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • public art
  • sculpture
  • sound art
  • sound design
  • video art.

Year 1

You will discover and develop your skills to assist in the investigation of ideas and creative interpretations.

Year 2

You will experiment within a framework of self-directed projects, supported by courses designed to further your conceptual, technical and critical thinking skills. Student exchange opportunities exist within the program for year 2 students.

Year 3

You will consolidate a professional practice through the development of individualised projects, supported by critical reflection and feedback in a supportive studio environment. You will begin to determine, through your engagement with studio practice, your future in the creative industries.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

We work with a network of artists, curators, galleries and creative industries, both local and international, to support your studies.

During the course of the program formal opportunities exist for you to integrate hands-on experience into your studies, at local partner institutions and organisations.

We are committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


Multi-skilled and employable in a range of creative industries, our Fine Arts graduates continue to make significant contributions to contemporary art and culture, nationally and internationally.

Many of our graduates have continued on to become:

  • artists
  • commercial photographers
  • sound engineers
  • teachers/academics
  • curators
  • technicians
  • museum coordinators
  • filmmakers.

The arts and creative industries continue to grow in Melbourne due to increased interest and government support. Funding opportunities remain ample and established institutions including Federation Square, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), combined with growing commercial and artist-run spaces, provide exciting opportunities for graduates.

Professional recognition and accreditation

The program is recognised by national and international institutions and support organisations as a bachelor degree in fine art.

Global opportunities

The School of Art is globally connected. Study tours to New York and Europe are offered as electives. As a result of our international connections, students have access to international academics and artists who feature as guest lecturers and artists in residence throughout the year. Many graduates are now working abroad.

RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.


Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL.

Selection tasks

Semester 1, 2015

Pre-selection kit submissions are now closed.

Please ensure that the studio preferences selected on the pre-selection kit are the same as those listed on your VTAC course application.

Late submissions of the pre-selection kit will not be considered. Applicants required to attend a folio presentation will be notified by the University via email in early November. These applicants must attend in late November or early December. Advisory letters will be emailed in mid-December.

Folio requirements:

In order for your pre-selection kit to be considered, you must include a folio of work for each specialisation for which you wish to apply. Each folio should consist of up to 9 images. Folio submissions must adhere to the following specifications:

  • Files must be formatted as JPEG
  • Image resolution must be 72ppi (pixels per inch) and the shortest side must be equal to 1000 pixels.
  • Image file names must be in the format: VTAC ID or RMIT application number_Surname_Firstname_Image number (e.g., 12365478L_Smith_Sally_Image 1.jpg)
  • For the Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice specialisation you may submit a folio of images or a temporal folio (i.e., video or sound).
  • Supply a link to your folio on YouTube or Vimeo (one URL only). Note: This can be to a private page as long as we are able to access the material from the URL supplied (please provide the password if applicable). Other file formats will not be considered.
  • The submission must be one video only. If you wish to include multiple works, these should be compiled as a ‘show reel’.
  • The submission must not exceed 10 minutes in length Note: Hosting your sound or video files on YouTube or Vimeo allows you to present your folio material in high definition without file size restrictions.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

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

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

Students will be required to purchase materials for use in the production of their practical work.

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Graduates of the Diploma of Visual Art may be eligible to apply for exemptions.

Foundation studies and visual art students with distinction may articulate directly into the program.

An Honours year is available following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art).

Honours is a pathway to postgraduate research. Eligibility is based on your level of academic achievement during the program.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Contact details

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330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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School of Art
Tel. +61 3 9925 1988

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Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.