Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline.
You must complete and submit the Fine Art (Honours) selection task by Thursday 23 November. Late applications may be considered where places are available.
Once you have submitted your direct application you will receive an email prompt to complete the selection task.
The selection task requires:
- a research proposal
- a folio of recent work
Your proposal should indicate what you consider 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 project 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 (500-600 words) – A description of your proposed project, including any historical, contemporary and theoretical contexts relevant to your project.
- Aims – Using point form, list three distinct sentences, stating three separate project aims.
- Methods (150-200 words) – A description of your research methods (practical or theoretical), or how at this stage you consider your Honours project may occur. Here, if necessary, you may also provide some indication of any specific requirements necessary for your research (this may form as an explanatory paragraph and/or dot points.
- 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 (this section is contextual information and therefore not compulsory) – In point form, list up to five significant professional experiences you may have undertaken that relate to the field of art practice. For example, this may include assisting or volunteering for creative practitioners or arts organisations, exhibitions and projects, or any creative collaborations.
*You will be asked to select from the following five potential streams:
- Contemporary art practices – Folios may include examples of creative practices and projects within any medium, method or strategy including painting, drawing, installation practices, moving image, photography, spatial practices, print image practices, or conceptual and post-object based art practices.
- Sound art practices – Folios may include examples of 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 – Folios may include examples of creative practices and projects with an emphasis on object-based practices with an art and/or craft focus. This may include ceramics or gold and silversmithing, but may equally include other fields of craft related practice.
- Transdisciplinary practices – Folios may indicate solo or collaborative specialised transdisciplinary artforms and practices.
- Curatorial practices – Folios may include examples of curatorial practices and projects.
Folios should include approximately 10 to 12 recent creative works. Applicants for the curatorial stream should include two to four examples of curatorial projects. However, the number of examples that you submit to evidence your practice is a guideline only, and therefore depending on the nature of your practice, you may choose to submit more or less examples. The selection panel is seeking primarily to evaluate quality and ambition within your practice, and not numbers of artworks or projects. It may be that your practice involves complex multifaceted works or installations. Therefore your artwork submission will be evaluated on its merits and in terms of its ambition.
Creative work or curatorial projects should preferably have been formed over the past 18 months. Please include titles of works, and where applicable: date, medium, dimensions or duration.
Applicants focusing on art practice – You should carefully select work to indicate technical facility, visual sophistication and current research interests. The works you select to include in your folio may have been produced either during your undergraduate degree or through independent practice. Works should be uploaded as one PDF.
Temporal submissions (video, sound) – You should supply one URL to Vimeo (other locations will not be considered). Note: Please supply the password if the link is to a private page. The submission must be one video or sound work only. If you wish to include multiple works, these should be compiled as a ‘showreel’ and must not exceed 10 minutes in length.
Applicants focusing on curatorial projects, a curatorial practice rather than an art practice – You should present two essays produced independently, or during your undergraduate degree, along with documented evidence and examples (photographs and/or catalogues) of independent curatorial initiatives. Evidence of projects should be uploaded as one PDF.
Folios will be assessed on the following:
- Technique (only applicable to applicants with a creative practice and not to applicants applying for curatorial practices)
- The selection of, and capability with, 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, clearly demonstrating knowledge of the field of practice.
- Indication of originality informed by current debates within the field of practice.
- Ability to formally resolve ideas.
- Documentation of recent works must be organised, clear and logical, including a list of titles and dates, along with mediums or denotations of the art forms in the submission.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
Pre-selection kit: Applicants must complete and submit a pre-selection kit (PDF 230 KB 3p), which includes a folio component.
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.
English language requirements
To study this program you will need to complete 1 of the following English proficiency tests:
- Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
- TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
- Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
- Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no communication band less than 50).
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 Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.