Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: BP201
2013 Clearly-in ATAR:
Range of criteria
- Campus: City campus
This is an interdisciplinary, practice-based fine art program offering studies in four specialised areas:
- expanded studio practice (drawing, media arts, painting, video art)
- object-based practice (ceramics, gold and silversmithing)
- print imaging practice (fine art photography, printmaking)
- sculpture, sound and spatial practice (sculpture, sound, public art).
Studio practice is central to the program. You will develop a range of practical, conceptual and technical skills to enable you to evaluate different approaches to your own practice.
Studio courses are taught by high profile practising artists and are complemented by integrated studies in the history and theory of art. The program is taught in world-class facilities and offers flexible study options.
Many of our staff and alumni have won prestigious national and international awards.
3 years full-time
Learning and teaching
Your study will take place in world-class facilities led by practising artists who will work with you to build an appreciation for histories of art, culture and diversity in a globally creative world.
This program has a strong focus on practical, studio-based learning. Lecturers have many years of industry experience and are all practising artists, allowing them to share their expertise in the learning environment. All hands-on classes are taught in industry-standard facilities using current technology.
Assessment is through a combination of folio presentation, project responses, written reflections and critical theory essays.
All programs are delivered in English. You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
The four specialised areas allow you to refine your practice, however the program’s flexibility supports interdisciplinary studies and you may choose a range of courses from any of the plans throughout the degree.
The program structure allows you to develop your individual style of making art through the exploration of materials, media and approaches including:
- experimental animation
- gold and silversmithing
- installation practice
- performance art
- public art
- sound art
- sound design
- video art.
You will discover and develop your skills to assist you in the investigation of ideas and creative interpretations.
You will experiment within a framework of self-directed projects, supported by courses designed to further your conceptual, technical and critical thinking skills. Student exchange opportunities exist within the program for year 2 students.
You will consolidate a professional practice through the development of individualised projects, supported by critical reflection and feedback in a supportive studio environment.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
We work with a network of artists, curators, galleries and creative industries, both local and international, to support your studies.
During the course of the program formal opportunities exist for you to integrate hands-on experience into your studies, at local partner institutions and organisations.
We are is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Multi-skilled and employable in a range of creative industries, our Fine Arts graduates continue to make significant contributions to contemporary art and culture, nationally and internationally.
Many of our graduates have continued on to become:
- commercial photographers
- sound engineers
- museum coordinators
The arts and creative industries continue to grow in Melbourne due to increased interest and government support. Funding opportunities remain ample and established institutions including Federation Square, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), combined with growing commercial and artist-run spaces, provide exciting opportunities for graduates.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The program is recognised by national and international institutions and support organisations as a bachelor degree in fine art.
The School of Art is globally connected. Study tours to New York and Europe are offered as electives. As a result of our international connections, students have access to international academics and artists who feature as guest lecturers and artists in residence throughout the year. Many graduates are now working abroad.
RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.
All applicants must complete and submit the 2014 RMIT University Fine Art pre-selection kit (PDF 112 KB) by no later than 27 September. Please ensure that the studio preferences selected on the pre-selection kit are the same as those listed on your VTAC course application. Late submissions of the pre-selection kit will not be considered.
Note: Download and save the pre-selection kit to your computer (right click and 'save target as' if you're using a desktop). Complete and then submit it as per the instructions in the form. Do not complete this form online within your web browser.
Folio presentation (short-listed applicants only): Applicants required to attend will be notified by the University via email in early November. These applicants must attend in late November or early December. Advisory letters will be emailed in mid-December.
If your folio contains images: you are required to supply nine (9) colour and/or black and white photographs (no larger than A4) or a CD containing nine (9) images (see Requirements for electronic media below). Do not submit images in a folder or photo album.
If your folio contains sound work: you are required to supply a compiled selection of your work/s on either CD or DVD, of no more than ten (10) minutes duration. CDs must contain audio files capable of being played directly through domestic CD players. Do not include multiple media – compile your work onto one media type only.
If you folio contains media arts work: you are required to supply a compiled selection of your work on either DVD or website URL totaling no more than ten (10) minutes. Scripts and storyboards are not to be supplied, however these may be optionally presented at the interview.
How to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply.
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section).
- Choose your application method and apply.
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section).
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.
Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.
In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.
As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:
- pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
- defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.
Students will be required to purchase materials for use in the production of their practical work.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
Graduates of the Diploma of Visual Art may be eligible to apply for exemptions.
Foundation studies and visual art students with distinction may articulate directly into the program.
An Honours year is available following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art).
Honours is a pathway to postgraduate research. Eligibility is based on your level of academic achievement during the program.
School of Art
Tel. +61 3 9925 1988
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.