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Undergraduate

Fine Art

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-FNART Humanities
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

This major is designed for those who wish to become professional artists or pursue a wide range of careers in the growing creative industries.

You will focus on a variety of disciplines, including painting, print media, sculpture, drawing, installation and photography. Fine art students are creative people who wish to contribute to the artistic, aesthetic and social needs of contemporary society.

Industry experience

The annual end-of-year student exhibition features the work of graduating and honours students. This exhibition will provide you with the chance to present and network with key gallery contacts, potential buyers, the media and other artists.

Teaching methods

Once you have selected a studio area, a tutor will be allocated to you. Your tutor will provide academic supervision during each semester. 

You will also attend regular studio tutorials. All teaching staff are practising professional artists or theoreticians, designers or craft practitioners of high standing with national or international exhibition and academic records. 

Visiting artists, curators and theorists also contribute to the teaching program through guest lectures and residencies. 

Curtin has an established Artist in Residence program that brings artists of international reputation to work on campus.

Fine art is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

JETA program

Offered by the School of Design and Art, the JETA program was initiated in 1995 to provide access to Higher Education for incarcerated students.The program has grown substantially with many students successfully completing the Associate Degree in Visual Art, Bachelor in Visual Art and Masters in Visual Art.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

70

STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

Other requirements

If you don’t meet the minimum course requirements, you may submit a portfolio and attend an interview. 

Find out more about portfolio entry.

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2016 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,300*

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Artist
  • Craftsperson

Careers for artists span a wide range of employment fields, such as:

  • individual or collaborative arts or crafts practice
  • public art
  • curating
  • graphic design
  • textiles
  • illustration
  • web design
  • museum design
  • theatre
  • community arts
  • arts administration at national, state, regional and commercial galleries.

Possible careers

Artist and Art Curator/Arts Management

To follow this career path, we recommend you take a double major with Visual Culture.

Artist - Fashion Designer

We recommend you choose electives from our Fashion and Textiles majors to follow this career path.

Artist - Multimedia

If you wish to follow this career path, it is recommended that you take a selection of electives from the Digital Design major:

  • Design Practice 171
  • Design Practice 172
  • Digital Design Studio 271
  • Digital Design Practice 271
  • Digital Design Studio 272
  • Digital Design Development 272
  • Digital Design Technology 371
  • Digital Design Major 371
  • Digital Design Production 372
  • Digital Design Project 372

Why Fine Art?

  • The Department of Art is a respected centre for visual arts education in Australia and abroad.
  • You will have access to excellent facilities and technical support for practical work in a wide range of media.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on profesional experience in presenting artwork to the public through the John Curtin Gallery and through the Department of Art's links with local art agencies and institutions.