Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) - 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 and 2016

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

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Managing faculty

Art, Design and Architecture


Dr Fiona Macdonald

Admission and fees


Course type

One-year honours

Standard duration

1 year FT

Full-time study only. You have a maximum of one year to complete this course.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)


Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)


This is a prestigious program in the discipline and practice of fine art for high achieving students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree. You will undertake coursework, research and practical training with a focus on fine art studio, curation, or art history and theory. Carrying out an independent research project in your selected area of specialisation, you will work closely with a supervisor who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling. The course offers a pathway to higher level research in fine art.


  • Fine art studio
  • Curating, art history and theory


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. critically analyse and refine both studio and theoretical research in order to undertake sustained independent practice at a professional level
  2. identify, evaluate and communicate relevant research concepts in relation to aesthetics, history, theory and cultural issues at a level compatible with entry level higher research degrees
  3. contextualise, generate and apply advanced understanding of the discipline of fine arts to communicate and position your research practice critically within it
  4. interpret, represent and respond to diverse modes of human experience, expression and linguistic diversity, including the socio-economic and cultural contexts of fine arts practice and the ethical responsibilities of the profession.


This course consists of a combination of coursework and research. In the coursework component you will develop advanced theoretical and/or technical knowledge of fine art and appropriate research methodologies. In the research component you will plan and execute a research project under the individual guidance of an academic supervisor.


This course comprises 48 points: Part A: Coursework (18 points) and Part B: Independent research (30 points)

Units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

Part A. Coursework (18 points)

You must complete:

  • AHT4503 Advanced art theory
  • AHT4504 Art theory research seminar
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points) - if not previously passed or exempted

and one of the following:

  • FNA4011 Studio methodology (fine art students)
  • one 6 point elective chosen in consultation with the honours coordinator

Part B. Research (30 points)

Fine art studio

You must complete:

  • FNA4001 Project studies (Fine art honours) (12 points)
  • FNA4002 Major project (Fine art honours) (18 points)

Curating, art history and theory

You must complete:

  • AHT4111 Project studies (Curating, art history and theory honours) (12 points)
  • AHT4112 Major project (Curating, art history and theory honours) (18 points)

Progression to further studies

This course provides a pathway to a Monash master's by coursework degree, and if admitted you may be eligible for credit. It will also provide the preparation necessary to undertake a master's by research degree or a doctoral (PhD) degree.