Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Fine Art - 2019

Honours - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017, 2016 and more

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


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Managing faculty


Partner faculty

Art, Design and Architecture


Student advisersStudent advisers (

Contact details

Monash Connect: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)

Faculty of EducationFaculty of Education (

Admission and fees


Course progression map

D3006 (pdf)

Course type


Standard duration

4 years FT

Full-time study only.

Course equivalent to 4.25 years of full-time study. To complete in four years students overload by 12 points in second and/or third year.

You have a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 10 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)

Education studies are completed at Clayton; Fine art studies are completed at Caulfield. This course requires students to undertake off-campus professional experience.


Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary Education

Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Secondary Education

Bachelor of Visual Arts

The actual education award conferred depends on the education specialisation completed.

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Education Studies

Bachelor of Visual Arts

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


Share your artistic passion and creativity with children and young people in this double degree course combining visual arts with education.

The course is available for either primary or secondary school teaching. Secondary education students will prepare as specialist teachers of art, while primary education students will be prepared to teach across the school curriculum but with specialist expertise in art.

You will investigate the broader function of the visual arts in society today, learn from active visual-art practitioners and develop your own skills and creativity as you rotate through a range of workshops including painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

Education study complements this with the knowledge and skills of how young people learn and are taught both generally and within the visual arts. Taken together they open up a wide range of career opportunities.

NOTE: For learning outcomes and other relevant information of this double degree, refer to the single degree entries:

  • D3001 Bachelor of Education (Honours)
  • F2003 Bachelor of Fine Art

Professional recognition

The specialisations in this course are accredited by professional bodies. Refer to Professional recognitionProfessional recognition ( for information.


The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double degree course and receive the awards.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 204 points:

1. 108 points must be completed in Parts A, B and D of your chosen specialisation as described below in the Bachelor of Education (Honours) component.

Refer to D3001 Bachelor of Education (Honours) single degree entry for the details of the following mandatory course requirements:

  • National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students
  • Professional experience

2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A, B, C and D as described below in the Bachelor of Fine Art component, and:

  • the specialisation completed must be visual arts
  • no more than 36 points can be completed at level 1
  • at least 24 points must be completed at level 3

Education component

The course develops through the four themes of: Part A. Education studies, Part B. Curriculum studies, Part C. Discipline studies (taken within the partner degree course), and Part D. Professional studies. The nature and proportion of units among these themes will differ depending upon your specialisation. The two specialisations available are:

Primary Education Specialisation

Part A. Education studies (36 points)

You must complete:

  • EDF1303 Understanding learning and learners
  • EDF1304 Understanding teaching for learning
  • EDF2210 Fostering positive child and adolescent behaviour and development
  • EDF2031 Indigenous perspectives on teaching and learning
  • EDF3211 Inclusive education: Teaching diverse learners
  • EDF3218 Curriculum, assessment and evaluation

Part B. Curriculum studies (54 points)

You must complete:

  • EDF2020 English and literacies 1
  • EDF2021 Mathematics and numeracy 1
  • EDF3021 Mathematics and numeracy 2
  • EDF3025 Studies of science, environment and sustainability
  • EDF4020 English and literacies 2
  • EDF4022 Humanities and social education in the primary years
  • EDF4023 Science and technology education in the primary years
  • EDF4024 Health and physical education for wellbeing in the primary curriculum
  • EDF4026 Arts education in the primary years

Part D. Professional studies (18 points)

You will complete 80 days of supervised professional experience in primary schools.

  • EDF1053 Primary professional experience 1A (0 points)
  • EDF1054 Primary professional experience 1B (0 points)
  • EDF2053 Primary professional experience 2A (0 points)
  • EDF2054 Primary professional experience 2B (0 points)
  • EDF3053 Primary professional experience 3A (0 points)
  • EDF3054 Primary professional experience 3B (0 points)
  • EDF4006 Transition and professional engagement
  • EDF4053 Primary professional experience 4A (0 points)
  • EDF4054 Primary professional experience 4B (0 points)
  • EDF4100 Researching teaching and learning
  • EDF4101 Research project in education

Secondary Education Specialisation

Part A. Education studies (36 points)

You must complete:

  • EDF1303 Understanding learning and learners
  • EDF1304 Understanding teaching for learning
  • EDF2005 Professional responsibilities, practice and relationships
  • EDF2007 Adolescent development and learning
  • EDF3007 Developing multiple literacies in education
  • EDF3009 Schooling, education and equity: Local and global perspectives

Part B. Curriculum studies (54 points)

You must complete:

  • EDF2006 Education priorities
  • EDF2008 Becoming a specialist teacher
  • EDF3010 Curriculum development and innovative practice
  • EDF4004 Curriculum, assessment and education policy
  • Method unit 1A*
  • Method unit 1B*
  • Method unit 2A*
  • Method unit 2B*
  • an undergraduate education elective

* Corresponds to the discipline studies taken in the partner degree. Refer to the secondary specialist/discipline areas, prerequisites, and units.

Part D. Professional studies (18 points)

You will complete 80 days of supervised professional experience in primary and secondary schools.

  • EDF1055 Secondary professional experience 1A (0 points)
  • EDF1056 Secondary professional experience 1B (0 points)
  • EDF2055 Secondary professional experience 2A (0 points)
  • EDF2056 Secondary professional experience 2B (0 points)
  • EDF3055 Secondary professional experience 3A (0 points)
  • EDF3056 Secondary professional experience 3B (0 points)
  • EDF4006 Transition and professional engagement
  • EDF4055 Secondary professional experience 4A (0 points)
  • EDF4056 Secondary professional experience 4B (0 points)
  • EDF4100 Researching teaching and learning
  • EDF4101 Research project in education

Fine art component (visual arts specialisation)

Bachelor of Fine Art is a specialist course that develops through theme studies in history and theory, drawing, and fine art knowledge and practice. In the visual arts specialisation, these will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the course.

Visual arts specialisation

Part A. History and theory studies (24 points)

History and theory units will equip you with the skills necessary to research fine arts issues and provide the research methods relevant to your studio or workshop practice. They will enable you to contextualise your own practice and communicate ideas and strategies. Through the prism of history, as well as reference to bodies of knowledge relevant to cultural production, you will begin to situate the place of fine art in society.

You must complete:

  • AHT1101 Introduction to visual culture in art, design and architecture
  • AHT1102 Modernism and the avant-garde
  • AHT2102 International art 1945-1990
  • one additional unit (6 points) from art history and theory AHT-coded units listed above or any other AHT unit as long as you have the prerequisites and there are no restrictions on admission to the unit

Part B. Drawing foundation (6 points)

This will assist you to develop the perceptual, practical and intellectual skills required by art, design and architecture students in the discipline of drawing.

You must complete:

Part C. Fine art knowledge and practice (66 points)

Through this component of the course you will develop key skills and concepts particular to the visual arts specialisation. Through lectures and seminars, studios or practice driven workshops, you will develop the capacity for independent cultural production within fine art and related fields.

Interdisciplinary skills and understanding will be explored, as well as critical thinking. Students specialising in visual arts will engage with and integrate specific professional fields from related areas into their practice.

You must complete:

and three units (18 points) from the following fine art workshops in drawing, film, glass, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture:

  • DWG2501 Drawing: Landscape, space and environment
  • DWG2504 Drawing: Advanced studies 1
  • DWG2506Not offered in 2019 Drawing: Social based strategies
  • DWG2507 Drawing: Conceptual studies 1
  • DWG2508 Drawing: Conceptual studies 2
  • DWG2509 Drawing: The body 1
  • DWG2511 Drawing: Anatomy 1
  • DWG3516 Drawing: Anatomy 2
  • DWG3518 Drawing: Advanced studies 2
  • DWG3519 Drawing: The body 2
  • FNA2003 3D digital modelling for artists
  • FNA2903 Art and design in film
  • FNA3903 Film practice
  • GLS1211 Contemporary glass practices
  • GLS2213 Contemporary glass sculpture
  • JWL1311 Jewellery practice and theory 1
  • JWL1312 Jewellery practice and theory 2
  • JWL2313 Jewellery practice and theory 3
  • JWL2314 Jewellery practice and theory 4
  • PHO1203 Photographic imaging
  • PHO1204 Digital imaging for contemporary art
  • PHO2202Not offered in 2019 Advanced digital photography
  • PHO2204 Video art and the moving image 1
  • PHO2207 Photographic processes
  • PHO2208 Photo light studio
  • PRM1001 The contemporary print: Etching and relief printmaking
  • PRM1511 Artists' books
  • PRM2401 Screenprinting and the contemporary poster
  • PRM2512 Artists' books 2
  • PTG1001 Painting introduction: Materials and methods
  • PTG2031 Abstraction and non-objective painting
  • PTG2032 Painting: Installation and the expanded field
  • PTG2033 Representational painting: Narrative and figuration
  • PTG2034Not offered in 2019 Sound in the space of art
  • PTG2035 Interventions: Feminist and conceptual practices
  • SCU1021 Contemporary casting
  • SCU1022 Sculptural construction: Woodworking and welding
  • SCU2021Not offered in 2019 Advanced moulding and casting
  • SCU2022Not offered in 2019 Site specificity: Sculptural and installation interventions

Part D. Occupational health and safety study (0 points)

You must complete:

  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety

Alternative exits

You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with either or both of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Bachelor of Education Studies after successful completion of 144 credit points of study including a minimum of 96 credit points of education studies and a minimum of 48 credit points at level 3 or higher. Note: This exit award does not qualify graduates to be registered or employed as teachers.
  • Bachelor of Visual Art after successful completion of 144 credit points of study, including all of the requirements in Part A, B and C for the specialisation.
  • both awards after successful completion of 192 credit points of study, including the requirements for each award listed above

Note: You cannot exit with a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary Education or Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Secondary Education.

Progression to further studies


You may be eligible to apply for a one-year honours course once you have successfully completed all of the requirements for the Fine Art degree including a total of 144 points. The following honours course applies:

  • F3701 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)

You are usually eligible to apply for honours if you achieve a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level 3. This sometimes also means you need to have completed specific units.

Postgraduate coursework

If you are a graduate of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) you may be eligible for up to 48 points of credit in the master's courses offered in the faculty including:

  • D6003 Master of Counselling
  • D6002 Master of Education (coursework)
  • D6004 Master of Leadership
  • D6005 Master of TESOL

Postgraduate research

If you achieve an average mark of at least 65 per cent you are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate of Educational Research, which can lead to a graduate research course.