BP201 - Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)

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Plan: BP201OP - Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)
Award abbreviation: BA(FA)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: Three years full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Art (340H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/art
ASCED code: 100301
CRICOS code: 075658D

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) program has been designed to assist in the development of your artistic and creative skills within a diverse range of practical and theoretical activities, located in the broad professional area of Fine Art practice. You will develop your capacity to address conceptual, technical, perceptual, formal and aesthetic concerns as they relate to Fine Art practice. You will also develop hands-on skills to undertake and initiate independent investigations as an integral part of your professional and artistic development.

The BA (Fine Art) program has four specialisations and you will develop a deep understanding through making of one or more of these specialisations: Expanded Studio Practice; Print, Imaging Practice; Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice and Object Based Practice. 

The Object based Practice specialisation includes specialised studies in ceramics, gold and silversmithing, jewellery, object design, hand forming, enamelling, casting and moulding, glazing and wheel forming.  

You can also select from a combination of courses across the program, allowing for an additional specialisation or development of an inter-disciplinary practice.

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Articulation and pathways


Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University, or other tertiary qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The following agreements are in place.

School of Art Foundation Studies and School of Art (VE) Diploma of Visual Arts graduates with a Distinction or above average may articulate directly into this degree.

School of Art (VE) Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts graduates with a Distinction or above average may articulate directly into Year 2 of this degree.

For more information please contact the School of Art office.


Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from this program.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Honours, a pathway to Post Graduate research, is available following successful completion of this program.  Eligibility is based on your level of academic achievement during the degree. Further information is available from the School of Art or www.rmit.edu.au/programs/pathways.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: 

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements can be found here:

English language requirements and equivalency information. (http://www.rmit.edu.au/international/english-equivalent)

Extra requirements:
Applicants must complete and submit an online pre-selection kit, which includes a folio component. This pre-selection kit must be submitted electronically. Short-listed applicants will be required to present their folio to a selection panel.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in fine art. The program is regularly monitored through the School's Program Advisory Committee, which consists of external Arts Industry professionals, advising the School in facilitating a program that is relevant to the field of Fine Art, both nationally and internationally.

The School of Art has many close links with creative industries which take a variety of forms. Academics in the School are practising professional artists, writers, historians and curators maintaining strong linkages within national and global Fine Art practice and the community. External industry experts and speakers are regularly invited to speak to staff and students through a number of fora.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in an RMIT University program you may access many of the extensive collections of electronic resources and services provided from the RMIT University Library in Melbourne. Resources include e-books, electronic journals and newspapers and product data. Library subject guides and web based tutorials will support your learning. Electronic resources and the online Ask a Librarian reference service are accessible on and off campus 24 hours per day.

For more information on Library resources and services from Melbourne go to http://www.rmit.edu.au/library


Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit


Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.


You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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