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.
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.
RMIT School of Art has strong international connections and a long tradition in 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
During Semester Two, our honours students are able to apply for The RMIT Foundation School of Art Honours Travelling Grants. These awards are adjudicated by a panel of arts industry professionals (including museum curators and artists) 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.
The School of Art Honours International Residencies
These International Residencies are adjudicated by a panel of arts industry professionals (including museum curators and artists) and conferred prior to the annual Graduation Exhibition. The Residencies were established to support honours graduates from the School to continue their research overseas, following the completion of an honours degree.
The Leipzig International Art Program, Germany
A three-month artist residency, with accompanying individual exhibition at the Australian Embassy in Berlin, will be awarded through the renowned Spinnerei Arts Complex in Leipzig. The recipient will receive return airfares from Melbourne, accommodation, a large residency space and a small stipend.
The Seoul Arts Residency, Korea
This residency award is for an eight-week studio residency in Seoul, South Korea. The residency will also include an exhibition at the Sangmyung University Gallery, Space Zero Gallery. The recipient will receive return airfares from Melbourne, accommodation, residency space and a small stipend.
The Los Angeles Residency, United States of America
This residency award is for a twelve-week studio residency at Eastside International Los Angeles (ESXLA), located in the Brewery art colony complex in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. This award has been generously supported by Eastside International Los Angeles. The recipient will receive return airfares from Melbourne, accommodation, residency space and a small stipend.
SITUATE is a residency program in the School for artists, curators and researchers, and honours students (along with postgraduate students) may apply for this program. SITUATE connects people through art by creating onsite real-time opportunities for creative experimentation, cross-cultural dialogue and global mobility. SITUATE manages a series of Reciprocal Residencies where we send RMIT affiliated and Australian artists overseas and receive artists from the partner organisations. Exchanges include:
- The Austrian Arts Residency Exchange
- The Canadian Indigenous Arts Residency Exchange
- The Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange
- The Japanese Arts Residency Exchange
The School of Art has a longstanding global focus provided through many activities, but particularly the iAIR Program, which provides students with access to international artists and academics who often feature as guest lecturers throughout the year.
RMIT’s Global Mobility also supports students to develop and undertake an exchange or a short-term mobility activity during their Honours study through our network of 165 partner universities worldwide.
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.
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Program code: BH052
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
- 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.
The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.
Applicants with Higher Education study
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).
Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)
Secondary education (Year 12) is not considered for entry into this program.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training
Vocational education and training (VET) is not considered for entry into this program.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Work and life experience is not considered for entry into this program.
Semester 1, 2022
You must complete and submit the Fine Art (Honours) selection task by 5 December 2021. Tasks received after this date will be assessed in the order they are received until 25 February 2022, unless places are filled prior. Entry into this program is competitive and for your best chance at admission into this program, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
The selection task requires:
- a research proposal; and
- a folio of recent work.
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;
- Study stream – Your preferred study stream*;
- 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.
*You will be asked to select from the following five potential streams (this is only an indication of your area of interest to the School):
- Contemporary art practices – This includes painting, drawing, installation practices, moving image, photography, spatial practices, print image practices, or conceptual and post-object based art practices.
- Sound art practices – This includes sound art practices and projects in contemporary sonic art and may cover areas as diverse as composition, performance, exhibition and audio-vision.
- Contemporary art and craft practices – This includes object-based practices with an art and/or craft focus, such as ceramics, gold and silversmithing, and other craft related-practices.
- Transdisciplinary practices.
- Curatorial practices.
Folios should be presented as a single PDF document of 10-12 pages. For creative practitioners this should include approximately 8-12 recent examples of creative works. Applicants for the curatorial stream should include 2-4 recent examples of curatorial projects along with 2 examples of curatorial writing. 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.
- Ability to formally resolve ideas.
- Organised, clear and logical example works (including titles, dates, mediums, and art forms where appropriate).
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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 136kb) which includes a folio component.
To study this program 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.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
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. Find out if you might be eligible.
2022 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$3,985 to AU$14,630*.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- 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.
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 commencing their program in 2022. 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 2022 for commencing students
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022
Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture
|$3,985 per standard year
$498 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
|$8,021 per standard year
$1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$11,401 per standard year
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture
$14,630 per standard year
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.
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.
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 2022 is $315.
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.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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