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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art and Design

Managing facultyArt and Design
Abbreviated titleBFA
CRICOS code030600E
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Dan Wollmering


  • Full-time study only.


The course offers a program of education within the discipline and practice of the fine arts. The fine arts are involved with perception and imagination, aesthetics as well as social and cultural issues; they frequently concern cultural and philosophical inquiry (such as mainstream and marginality), but are often practised solely as an expression of intellectual, creative or spiritual freedom.

The fine art studio units include glass, metals and jewellery, painting, photomedia, printmedia and sculpture, and are supported by specialist units in drawing, professional practice and the theory of art and design. Elective offerings open up possibilities of studying media and ideas beyond the chosen specialisation.

An additional fourth year of honours studies is available for students of merit to pursue specialist study and research.


To educate graduates who have a knowledge and understanding of the discipline of the fine arts as well as a strong focus in a particular medium of the fine arts. Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Fine Art, graduates will have the ability to undertake sustained studio practice founded on concepts and skills pertinent to their chosen medium. They will have the capacity to critically assess contemporary discourse on fine art having attained understanding and imagination in aesthetics, history, theory and cultural issues. Graduates of the BFA will have the ability to evolve their own aims, interests and vision, to be expressed through their studio work whilst working independently.


The course provides a strong focus of fine art activity oriented to the student's chosen studio. The course consists of the following areas of study:

(a.) Major studios (60 points)

This is the main study of the course. The major studios are offered at each year stage. The course offers the following major studios: glass, metals and jewellery, painting, photomedia, printmedia and sculpture.

Students take 60 points in the major studio, however in order to permit the possibility of movement between studios at the end of first year (subject to selection) without requiring a repeat of first-year studies, the minimum credit point requirement for completion of a studio major is 54.

(b.) Theory of art and design (24 points)

Students study theory, context and cultural aspects of art and design. Twelve points are taken in core units in the first year of study and a further 12 points are taken in elective theory units in the second and third years of study.

(c.) Professional practice (6 points)

All students take a professional practice unit.

(d.) Drawing (12 points)

Students take two compulsory 6-point units in the first year. These studies are concerned with the development of perception and visual concepts using drawing. It is anticipated that all students will take further studies in the drawing studio - up to 24 points may be completed this way.

(e.) Co-requisite and complementary study (12 points)

Students take 12 points of approved studies which complement their major.

(f.) Electives (30 points)

Elective studies are selected in consultation with the studio coordinators. Units will generally be taken from those available within the Faculty of Art and Design, but units offered elsewhere in the University are also available. As well as the drawing and digital imaging electives, it is likely that many students may also wish to take photomedia and/or other studio studies, and visual communication. A typical program of electives might include the following:

  • two units of drawing (12 points)
  • digital imaging (6 points)
  • two units of other studio studies (12 points).

(g.) Occupational health and safety (0 points)

A compulsory health and safety unit which deals with issues relevant to art and design.


First year (48 points)

First semester

  • DWG1201 Drawing 1B (fine art/visual arts) (6 points)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual language (6 points)
  • co-requisite studio (6 points)
  • introductory major studio 1B (6 points)

Second semester

  • DWG1202 Drawing 2B (fine art/visual arts) (6 points)
  • TAD1102 Modernism and the avantgardes (6 points)
  • complementary practice studio (6 points)
  • major studio 2A (6 points)

Second year (48 points)

First semester

  • major studio 3A (6 points)
  • major studio 3B (6 points)
  • theory of art and design (choice) (6 points)
  • elective (6 points)

Second semester

  • major studio 4A (6 points)
  • major studio 4B (6 points)
  • elective (12 points)

Third year (48 points)

First semester

  • major studio 5 (12 points)
  • theory of art and design (choice) (6 points)
  • elective (6 points)

Second semester

  • PPR3202 Professional practice B (6 points)
  • major studio 6 (12 points)
  • elective (6 points)


Bachelor of Fine Art