Bachelor of Fine Art
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1st Sep 2015 8:52am
Level 7 Bachelor Degree
Locations and UAC Codes
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.
International - 3 years full time.
HSC Visual Arts or equivalent.
Relevant University rules and policies
The Fine Art program has been designed to respond to changing community and educational needs and to the exciting multidisciplinary trends of contemporary art. The broad range of courses on offer provide great scope for students to specialise or diversify. The art history/theory courses introduce students to current fine art theory and research methods. In the studio program, students experience 2D Art (including drawing, painting and printmaking); 3D Art (including ceramics, fibres/textiles, and sculpture) and photomedia (traditional and digital). The program offers high quality facilities in all studio areas including a metal casting foundry, paper making mill and the only facility in any institution in Australia that manufactures paints, pastels and watercolours on campus.
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students . Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
Additional Selection Criteria
- Interviews -
- Portfolio - As well as submitting a UAC application and meeting the University's minimum academic entry requirement, domestic applicants will be required to attend an interview and present a portfolio. The portfolio presentation is organised directly with the School of Creative Arts. Applicants are required to submit a 'Portfolio Application Form', http://www.newcastle.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/77934/B-Fine-Art-Portfolio-Application-Form.pdf
HSC Visual Arts or equivalent.
Visual Arts or equivalent. Completion of a TAFE qualification in Fine Art/Visual Arts would also be appropriate.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
In order to qualify for the award, students must successfully complete 240 units comprising:
CORE COURSES - 170 units
- 80 units 1000 level
- 50 units at 2000 level and
- 40 units at 3000 level
DIRECTED COURSES - 50 units
Courses are chosen from the list of Directed Courses. The 50 units of Directed Courses may be chosen from one or more of the following areas:
- Art History/Theory
- Communications and Media Studies - Video
- Directed Studies Course
ELECTIVES - 20 units
- chosen from available undergraduate courses across the University
- check assumed knowledge requirements
A maximum of 100 units at 1000, 2000 and 3000 level will count towards the program.
Students who commenced study in 2010 or 2011 should refer to the appropriate Program Enrolment Checklist located at the top right of the screen. Students who have studied part-time, taken a leave of absence or have diverted from the recommended enrolment pattern for full-time students are advised to consult with the Program Convenor or Program Officer.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|AART1100||Critical Studies 1||10 units|
|AART1110||Critical Studies 2||10 units|
|AART1230||Creative Enquiry 2D||10 units|
|AART1240||Creative Practice 2D||10 units|
|AART1300||Creative Enquiry 3D||10 units|
|AART1310||Creative Practice 3D||10 units|
|AART1400||Creative Enquiry Photomedia||10 units|
|AART1410||Creative Practice Photomedia||10 units|
|AART2100||Australian Art||10 units|
|AART2110||Visual Analysis||10 units|
|AART2120||Professional Practice||10 units|
|AART2260||Principal Studio 1 (2D or 3D or Photomedia)||10 units|
|AART2270||Principal Studio 2 (2D or 3D or Photomedia)||10 units|
|AART3105||Contemporary Issues in Art||10 units|
|AART3260||Principal Studio 3 (2D or 3D or Photomedia)||10 units|
|AART3270||Principal Studio 4 (2D or 3D or Photomedia)||10 units|
Choose 50 units from the following directed courses
|CMNS1230||Foundations of Media Production||10 units|
|CMNS2040||Music Video||10 units|
|AART3140||Currencies 1: Contemporary Focus on Historical Themes in Art||10 units|
|AART3150||Currencies 2: Contemporary Focus on Historical Themes in Art||10 units|
|AART3230||Interdisciplinary Painting||10 units|
|AART3240||Photomechanical Methods in Print||10 units|
|AART3250||The Print as Object||10 units|
|AART3330||Multi-Media Sculpture||10 units|
|AART3340||Paper as Form||10 units|
|AART3350||Soft Sculpture||10 units|
|AART3360||Experimental Ceramics||10 units|
|AART3370||Ceramics Production||10 units|
|AART3500||Directed Study||10 units|
|AART3780||Experimental Drawing||10 units|
|AART3790||Observational and Expressive Drawing||10 units|
|CMNS3170||Screenwriting (Documentary)||10 units|
|CMNS3440||Media Production: Screen Drama||10 units|
Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Fine Art degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may apply for a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. The Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.
Program Learning Outcomes
- The ability to create; produce artwork to a professional standard in a variety of contexts.
- The ability to problem-solve and/or have critical insights within the relevant artistic situation.
- The ability to act independently and/or competently curate exhibitions and art events.
- The capacity to converse effectively in a variety of fine art contexts using a range of communication strategies and technologies.
- The ability to demonstrate a critical and scholarly appreciation of fine art and its many aesthetics from an historical and socio-cultural perspective.
- The ability to liaise and operate within the art organisations and industry.
- The ability to act as an advocate for art communities and professional bodies.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.