The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) is a one-year advanced undergraduate degree for high-achieving students, designed for those who have completed an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts (or cognate area) and wish to extend their critical and creative skills in contemporary art contexts. It enables students to advance their knowledge and understanding of artistic practice by developing a significant practice-led research project.

The degree allows students to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in contemporary art contexts and can provide pathways to higher research degree programs such as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or PhD, as well as an array of professions and careers in the arts and cultural sectors.

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Career opportunities

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

Entry requirements

Students must have completed the UNSW Bachelor of Fine Arts or other cognate recognised Level 7 qualification. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher (or equivalent) in the relevant Level 7 qualification prior to entry. Entry is subject to resources and the approval of the Deputy Head of School, Art.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the UNSW Apply Online portal and include a 500-word research proposal sent directly to the Program Authority. This proposal should outline the topic and area of interest so that an appropriate supervisor can be assigned.

For further enquiries please contact the UNSW Art & Design Student Centre at artdesign@unsw.edu.au.

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