Honours in Fine Arts

An Honours in Fine Arts aims to develop critical and creative skills and provides an opportunity for students to undertake dedicated advanced research. The framework of the honours specialisation refines the praxis between critical thinking and creative application within the major. The Fine Arts honours directs undergraduate experimentation into a research-based framework of dedicated learning—it aims to prepare a student for advanced self-directed investigation in postgraduate study and entrepreneurial art practice.

The focus upon knowledgeable art investigation is given opportunity for greater debate and sophistication in the honours specialisation and privileges independent research within its structure. Individually supervised research will be informed by seminar-based study that integrate an understanding of current trends and practices, historical ideas and theoretical paradigms relevant to contemporary art practice and thinking. Self-directed research will form more individualised approaches to art practice, develop innovative characteristics and communicate fresh understandings about art.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) maintain a disciplined approach to self-directed research; (2) exhibit a sophisticated use of materials, methods, techniques and approaches in the making of art; (3) display an exceptional ability to identify and apply appropriate strategies to resolve conceptual problems; (4) apply advanced skills in oral presentations and academic writing; (5) structure and write a research dissertation in a coherent manner; and (6) understand the requirements of ethical research.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Fine Arts major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year only

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (48 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1VISA4001Fine Arts Honours Seminar 1: Survey and Situate
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) (BH003)
S1VISA4002Fine Arts Honours Seminar 2: Critical Thought
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) (BH003)
S2VISA4003Fine Arts Honours Dissertation
Prerequisites:
VISA4002 Fine Arts Honours Seminar 2: Critical Thought
Co-requisites:
VISA4005 Fine Arts Honours Project Part 2
S1VISA4004Fine Arts Honours Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Design Honours (BH003)
S2VISA4005Fine Arts Honours Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
VISA4004 Fine Arts Honours Project Part 1
Co-requisites:
VISA4003 Fine Arts Honours Dissertation