Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours)

UNDERGRADUATE

Push boundaries and expand your creative practice in this intensive, flexible and mentored honours degree.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$36,480 (2023 total)

Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours) supports and develops your capacity as a practicing artist and active researcher in the field of contemporary art.

This degree is designed for students who have successfully completed a three-year degree in contemporary art or craft, or an equivalent field, and who wish to undertake a further year of study to focus exclusively on an individual project.

At this level of study, you will engage with high-level intensive subjects, deepening and enriching your practice through expertise, knowledge and criticality.

You will be guided through personalised mentorship and individual supervision, as you are introduced to practice-led research and research methodologies.

A flexible curriculum provides opportunities for you to develop an individual project and to further your knowledge and capability for professional or highly skilled art practice, and/or further learning at a postgraduate level.

Focus of the degree

This degree provides a supportive and consultative environment, emphasising independent practice, research and development, where you will form your own project and personal course of study through consultation with academic staff. 

All academic staff within the degree are artists, theorists or curators with local, national and, in most instances, international experience. You will be introduced to dynamic and exciting practice-led research and research methodologies. 

The degree is designed as a full-year course of study to build upon your previous undergraduate studies, with a refined contemporary art project as a final outcome. Consequently, having devised an informed and rigorous contemporary art practice, our alumni are ready for high levels of practice and are regularly involved in local, national and international art events, or in undertaking a postgraduate research degree.

Art installation showing a film still of an underwater sound installation. Sara Retallick, 'Drift', 2018. 16 - channel underwater sound installation, no set duration. Installation view. Photo: Sara Retallick.

Graduate exhibition

Image of a white sculptural work by the artist Fairy Turner. Fairy Turner, 'This Exuberant Life', 2018 at Bus Projects. Photo: Christo Croker

Your major work will be exhibited in the Masters and Honours Graduate Exhibition. Curators from the NGV, ACCA and Heide Museum of Modern Art attend alongside notable commercial gallerists. 

Fairy Turner’s sculptural work, This Exuberant Life (2018), shown above, seems to curve and twist exactly as we do. In experiencing the work there is a wonderfully exuberant sense of connecting one’s mind and body to form.

A graduate from this degree, Fairy Turner’s work was selected for the 2018 TarraWarra Museum Biennal, where she showed alongside some of Australia’s most notable and established spatial artists.

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Studio based learning

Develop your art practice with practical studio-based learning, supported by a focused academic research culture.

Image: 2018 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours) studio presentation.
Photo: Keelan O'Hehir.

Details

This degree is centred in practical studio-based learning, supported by a focused academic research culture.

The study structure consists of lectures, seminars, reading groups, individual and group critique sessions, personal guidance through individual supervision, and group workshops. This set of experiences provides a framework in which to contextualise and develop an informed and specialised contemporary art practice.

Our academic staff have many years of professional experience, shared through their expertise in the learning environment.

Students are provided with individual supervision by our academic staff through the duration of their Honours project.

Assessment comprises presentations and installations of creative artistic works, an exegetical research text, written reflections and seminar presentations.

All subjects are delivered in English, and you will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional practice.

Therefore to support your studies we often connect into our network of artists, curators, gallerists and allied creative groups, both locally and internationally.

RMIT School of Art has strong international connections and a long tradition and focus on international engagement.

There are opportunities to attend specialised workshops and lectures by leading international artists and curators. Annual prizes and awards assist graduates to build international experience into their practice and emerging careers. The following awards are conferred on those students who demonstrate outstanding art practices and academic achievement.

The School of Art Honours Travelling Grants

These awards are adjudicated by a panel of arts industry professionals and conferred prior to the annual Graduation Exhibition. The awards were established to support honours graduates from the School to continue their research overseas, following the completion of an honours degree. Each of these awards of approximately $4000 are provided to recipients to travel to a destination of their choice.

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

Using critical enquiry, practice-based research methodologies and 'thinking through making’, the structure of this degree allows you to take ownership of your fine art education.

You will be allocated a senior academic as a supervisor who will provide support and guidance as you develop your honours project.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours)
Program code: BH052

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours)
City Campus
1 year full-time
BH052
006591A
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
BH052
CRICOS
006591A
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours)
City Campus
1 year full-time
BH052
006591A
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
BH052
CRICOS
006591A

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

The arts and creative industries continue to grow in Australia, and particularly within Melbourne.

This is due to increased interest, along with government support and a longstanding cultural focus across the arts in general.

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

In the School of Art at RMIT University we pride ourselves in achieving outcomes that not only prepare for, but enhance the future careers of our graduates. ‘Work ready’ is a term often used to describe these qualities; with our graduates seen as future leaders, or indeed shapers of the ‘world of work’.

Many of our graduates have continued on to become:

  • artists in every field of contemporary art, craft, sound and performance art
  • photographers
  • sound engineers
  • musicians and sound performers
  • teachers, academics and researchers
  • curators and museum personnel
  • arts writers and theorists
  • arts administrators and cultural officers
  • technical specialists within a wide range of creative and cultural fields
  • moving image practitioners, including filmmaking.

The skills you develop as a deeply creative, critical and independent thinker are skills that are lifelong. These skills make you competitive in any occupation or vocation. The communities and culture you build through this vibrant and intense degree will go on to shape the societies we share.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (out of 4.0).

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Semester 1, 2023

You must complete and submit the Fine Art (Honours) selection task.

Please click the apply button to submit your direct application. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.

Entry into this program is competitive, and applications are assessed in the order that they are received until the selection task date, if places are still available.

For your best chance at admission into this program, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.   

Selection task dates

Applicant type Register and submit the selection task by
Timely applications 30 November 2022
Late applications 24 February 2023

Selection task requirements

Your proposal should indicate what you anticipate your project (research) will encompass, why this research project is significant to your practice, along with an indication of how you intend to plan and undertake your research (including any specialised facilities that may be required). Your proposal should include the following sections:

  • Proposed project title; 

  • Research topic outline (500 words) – a description of your proposed project, including any relevant historical, contemporary and theoretical contexts; 

  • Aims – using point form, list three short project aims;  

  • Methods (150-200 words) – a description of how, at this stage, you consider your Honours project may manifest in terms of tools and materials. You may also use this section to list any specific requirements for your research; 

  • Prior reading – list 4 to 5 key texts or research topics in point form that may have specifically or generally informed your practice to date; 

  • Professional experiences (optional) – if relevant, list up to five professional experiences that relate to the field of art practice as dot points. This may include: assisting or volunteering for creative practitioners or arts organisations; board membership exhibitions; projects; or any creative collaborations. 

Submission instructions

Upload your proposal in a single PDF.

Your folio should be presented as a single PDF document of 10-12 pages of works or projects. These numbers should be used as a guide only, however, as the exact number of examples you submit should reflect the nature of your practice (you may choose to submit slightly over or under these numbers). The examples you choose to submit should allow the selection panel to evaluate the quality and ambition within your practice.  

The majority of your examples should have been formed over the past 18 months. Please include titles and dates of works, and where applicable medium, materials, dimensions or duration. 

Temporal submissions (video, sound) should be supplied as a URL link to Vimeo (other sites will not be considered). Please remember to supply a password if the link is private. If you wish to include multiple works, these should be compiled as a ‘showreel’ and must not exceed 10 minutes in length. 

Folios will be assessed on the following: 

Technique (not applicable to applicants applying for curatorial practices) 

  • Potential to select and apply techniques and materials appropriate to the research topic under investigation. 

Ideas and divergent thinking 

  • Evidence of an informed and reasoned approach to creative or curatorial practices. 

  • Evidence of originality informed by current debates within the field of practice. 

Resolution 

  • Ability to formally resolve ideas. 

  • Organised, clear and logical example works (including titles, dates, mediums, and art forms where appropriate). 

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

Selection criteria by applicant type

The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

Secondary education (Year 12) is not considered for entry into this program.

Vocational education and training (VET) is not considered for entry into this program.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (out of 4.0).

Work and life experience is not considered for entry into this program.

All applicants are required to complete and submit a selection task for this program. See below for full selection task details.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0).

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

The Honours program has a significant research component. Prior to submitting your application, you must contact the School and confirm a supervisor and a research topic.

Pre-selection kit: Applicants must complete and submit a pre-selection kit, (PDF 183kb) which includes a folio component.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

You can gain entry into this honours degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this program, you can continue your studies in Master of Fine Art, subject to the program’s entrance requirements and receive 96 credit points of advanced standing into the master program.

You can gain entry to this honours degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT postgraduate program or RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

2023 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$4,124 to AU$15,142*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$326 maximum fee for 2023.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

New government eligibility rules in 2022 - low completion rates

From 2022, there are new government rules about eligibility for higher education student funding as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates legislation. If you're starting a program in or after 2022 and are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, these changes affect you. For details, please see Low completion rate and government funding.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students who commence their program in 2023. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2023 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2023

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $4,124 per standard year
$515 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,301 per standard year
$1,037 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,800 per standard year
$1,475 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $15,142 per standard year
$1,892 per standard (12 credit point) course

Student Learning Entitlement

On 1 January 2022, the Government implemented the Student Learning Entitlement (SLE).

  • The SLE allows students 7 years of full-time subsidised study in Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP).
  • Your total SLE amount will be reduced in accordance with your overall study load in a CSP. 
  • Once you have utilised all your SLE, you can not longer study in a CSP.

For more information about SLE, visit Study Assist.

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2023 is $326. 

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

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

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$36,480.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.