Fine Arts major

Art is the highest form of human creative endeavour and fine arts is the creative exploration of ideas and the formation of concepts within the unique imaginative field of making art. Students have an opportunity to select from a range of units in the first two years of study before applying their skills to the final two conceptual studio units in the final year. Studying Fine Arts, either as a degree-specific or second major, provides you with the unique skills to apply lateral thinking and inventive resolution treasured in many other fields and professional pursuits. The rich offering of studio based units permit you to explore ideas, develop concepts and extend creative thinking into a number of art methods (traditional and emerging). The Fine Arts major promotes interdisciplinary approaches and prepares students to apply their skills to a range of cultural fields.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of creative art, the history of its major mannerisms, artists, theorists and formations of thought, to understand its social relevance and responsibilities, and the processes used in its formation; (2) articulate the complexities of art as a socially constructed practice that is situated in time and place, and mediated by perspectives shaped by relations to ideology, politics and social intersubjectivity; (3) contextualise the practice of creative forms of fine art with other forms of intellectual inquiry and appreciate the relevance of linking theory to practice in the formation of concepts, the discussion of principles and the perspectives of reception; (4) use a discursive vocabulary that enables complex arguments to be clearly articulated within artworks and the evolving field of research that surrounds artistic practice and the discourse of design; and (5) demonstrate a high level of working skills with fine arts media and an understanding of practical methods and presentational protocols used by art to objectify ideas and concepts.

Degree-specific major

Fine Arts can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Fine Arts is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • two Level 3 units (including one 12-point unit)
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
OS = offshore teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
S1 VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording
S1 VISA1051 Art in the Environment
S2 VISA1052 Art of Expression
S1 VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
S2 VISA1054 Art of Drawing

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
N/A MUSC2275 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
S2 VISA2050 Video Art: Experimental Investigations
Prerequisites:
VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
N/A VISA2051 Curatorial Practices
Prerequisites:
one of the following: VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording, VISA1051 Art in the Environment, VISA1052 Art of Expression, VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means, VISA1054 Art of Drawing
Incompatibility:
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
S2 VISA2214 Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of Level 1 units
N/A VISA2215 Painting Now
Prerequisites:
VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording, VISA1051 Art in the Environment, VISA1052 Art of Expression, VISA1054 Art of Drawing
or
VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
N/A VISA2249 Art and Life Manipulation
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of Level 1 units
S2 VISA2255 Sculpture: Time and Space
Prerequisites:
VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording
or
VISA1051 Art in the Environment
or
VISA1052 Art of Expression
or
VISA1054 Art of Drawing
or
VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
OS, SS VISA2270 International Studio for Arts and Culture
S2 VISA2272 Art of the Graphic Novel
Prerequisites:
one of the following units: VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording; VISA1051 Art in the Environment; VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means; VISA1054 Art of Drawing; VISA1052 Art of Expression; ARCT1000 Studio Fundamentals; ARCT1010 Drawing History; IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation
S1 VISA2273 Art of Drawing—Advanced
Prerequisites:
one of the following units: VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording; VISA1051 Art in the Environment; VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means; VISA1054 Art of Drawing; VISA1052 Art of Expression; ARLA1000 Design Studio: Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals); ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 VISA3050 Advanced Studio
Prerequisites:
one of the following: VISA2050 Video Art: Experimental Investigations; VISA2051 Curatorial Practices; VISA2214 Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science; VISA2249 Art and Life Manipulation; VISA2270 International Studio for Art and Culture; VISA2272 Art of the Graphic Novel; VISA2273 Art of Drawing—Advanced (formerly VISA2273 Art of Drawing—Transdisciplinary Practices)
S1, S2 VISA3051 Advanced Major Project
Prerequisites:
VISA3050 Advanced Studio

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Fine Arts degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-FNART

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Fine Arts degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-FNART-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Fine Arts can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Fine Arts can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Fine Arts second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • two Level 3 units (including one 12-point unit)
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
OS = offshore teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Level 1

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
S1 VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording
S1 VISA1051 Art in the Environment
S2 VISA1052 Art of Expression
S1 VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
S2 VISA1054 Art of Drawing

Level 2

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
N/A MUSC2275 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
S2 VISA2050 Video Art: Experimental Investigations
Prerequisites:
VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
N/A VISA2051 Curatorial Practices
Prerequisites:
one of the following: VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording, VISA1051 Art in the Environment, VISA1052 Art of Expression, VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means, VISA1054 Art of Drawing
Incompatibility:
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
S2 VISA2214 Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of Level 1 units
N/A VISA2215 Painting Now
Prerequisites:
VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording, VISA1051 Art in the Environment, VISA1052 Art of Expression, VISA1054 Art of Drawing
or
VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
N/A VISA2249 Art and Life Manipulation
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of Level 1 units
S2 VISA2255 Sculpture: Time and Space
Prerequisites:
VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording
or
VISA1051 Art in the Environment
or
VISA1052 Art of Expression
or
VISA1054 Art of Drawing
or
VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
OS, SS VISA2270 International Studio for Arts and Culture
S2 VISA2272 Art of the Graphic Novel
Prerequisites:
one of the following units: VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording; VISA1051 Art in the Environment; VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means; VISA1054 Art of Drawing; VISA1052 Art of Expression; ARCT1000 Studio Fundamentals; ARCT1010 Drawing History; IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation
S1 VISA2273 Art of Drawing—Advanced
Prerequisites:
one of the following units: VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording; VISA1051 Art in the Environment; VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means; VISA1054 Art of Drawing; VISA1052 Art of Expression; ARLA1000 Design Studio: Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals); ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 VISA3050 Advanced Studio
Prerequisites:
one of the following: VISA2050 Video Art: Experimental Investigations; VISA2051 Curatorial Practices; VISA2214 Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science; VISA2249 Art and Life Manipulation; VISA2270 International Studio for Art and Culture; VISA2272 Art of the Graphic Novel; VISA2273 Art of Drawing—Advanced (formerly VISA2273 Art of Drawing—Transdisciplinary Practices)
S1, S2 VISA3051 Advanced Major Project
Prerequisites:
VISA3050 Advanced Studio

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Fine Arts can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-FNART

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Fine Arts can also be taken as a degree-specific major.