The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a studio-based degree that enables students to develop their creative skills and knowledge. By exploring a wide range of artistic processes, techniques and media, this degree will help you to develop your independent artistic practice in a rigorous and supportive community of artists and thinkers.

With complementary studies in art history and theory, and opportunities for elective study, the degree connects you with the practical and professional skills to succeed. Our nationally and internationally recognised staff of artists guide you through structured learning pathways to prepare you for a career in today’s art world and related creative fields throughout Australia and internationally.

The degree features six disciplinary studio areas, from which you will choose at least two. These are drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and moving Image.

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Indicative Enrolments

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Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Visual artist
  • Curator
  • Photographer or photojournalist
  • Art director in advertising and communications
  • Arts administrator
  • Art instructor
  • Art critic

Assumed Knowledge

Visual Arts

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank
2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Alternative entry or pathways

At UNSW Art & Design we look for creative talent. As such, some students are admitted solely on their ATAR, or equivalent, and some are identified by demonstrating their creative potential by preparing and submitting a portfolio of art, design, media or written work.

Submitting a portfolio can boost your chances of admission to Australia’s leading faculty of art and design. For more info and to see specific guidelines and deadlines visit Art & Design's Portfolio Entry page.

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Other information

You may be eligible to enrol in a separate year Honours program upon completion of this degree. Find out more.

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