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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) (B-FAVISART)

Bachelors DegreeYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Southbank)

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Overview

Award titleBachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art)
Year & campus2019 — Southbank
CRICOS code093589G
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeUndergraduate Coursework
AQF level 7
Credit points300 credit points
Duration36 months full time

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a three-year degree which offers immersive and experiential practice-based studio studies in seven areas of specialisation (Visual Art, Film and Television, Contemporary Music, Music Theatre, Theatre Practice, Dance and Production). It features an intense and student-centred approach to skills training, to create self-confident and autonomous arts practitioners with the capacity to build sustainable careers in an international context. Each specialisation features regular opportunities for exhibition, production and performance, and culminates in a capstone experience, which prepares students for professional work and further research. Critical studies build knowledge of the context of a student’s core discipline along with academic literacy, and complementary studies offer a choice of electives in the visual and performing arts, or from other areas of study within the University of Melbourne. The degree is designed to have international currency and to assist the VCA to raise its international profile.

Entry requirements

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria:

  • successful completion of the VCE (or an equivalent qualification) with a study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 English/English Language/Literature, or a study score of at least 30 in Units 3 and 4 ESL. Minimum ATAR is not applicable.
  • performance in an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Intended learning outcomes

The BFA is designed to train highly skilled arts practitioners who can work independently or in ensemble in a wide range of careers and performance or production opportunities. They will be well-trained and knowledgeable in their own and related fields, and committed to continuous learning and production in their discipline; they will also have a local and international perspective on their own arts practice. As well as excellence in practising their own art form, BFA graduates will have good academic literacy skills in expression, argument and research and be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies.

Generic skills

Artistically excellent:

• demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional artist/practitioner in the 21 Century

• have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of artistic practices and scholarship

• have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)

• reach a high level of achievement in artistic practice, writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication

• be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning

• be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

Knowledgeable across disciplines:

• examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a range of disciplines

• expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects

• have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems

• have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment

Leaders in communities:

• initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces

• have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations

• mentor future generations of learners

• engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

Attuned to cultural diversity:

• value different cultures and their cultural forms of practice

• be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work

• have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community

• respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values

Active global citizens:

• understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society

• accept social and civic responsibilities

• be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment

• have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art), hereafter BFA VA, requires the successful completion of 300 points comprising 100 points of study at each of first, second and third year levels.

Subject options

First Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FINA10025 Studio Studies 1
Semester 1
25
FINA10026 Critical and Theoretical Studies 1
Semester 1
12.5

AND

One of the following in the student's discipline;

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FINA10028 Related Studies Painting
Semester 1
12.5
FINA10030 Related Studies Photography
Semester 1
12.5
FINA10031 Related Studies Sculpture & Spatial Prac
Semester 1
12.5
FINA10039 Related Studies Drawing & Printmedia
Semester 1
12.5

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FINA10032 Critical and Theoretical Studies 2
Semester 2
12.5
FINA10034 Studio Studies 2
Semester 2
25

AND

one 12.5 point VCA elective (see below)

Second Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FINA20027 Studio Studies 3
Semester 1
25
FINA20029 Critical and Theoretical Studies 3
Semester 1
12.5

AND

one 12.5 point VCA elective (see below)

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FINA20030 Studio Studies 4
Semester 2
25
FINA20032 Critical and Theoretical Studies 4
Semester 2
12.5

AND

one 12.5 point VCA elective (see below)

Third Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FINA30001 Studio Studies 5
Semester 1
37.5
FINA30017 Critical and Theoretical Studies 5
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FINA30002 Studio Studies 6
Semester 2
37.5
FINA30018 Critical and Theoretical Studies 6
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

VCA Electives - level 1 subjects

Students wishing to take subjects offered as breadth options at the Parkville campus should seek permission from the Course Coordinator.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AIND10003 Ancient and Contemporary Indigenous Arts
Summer Term
Winter Term
12.5
MUST10012 Alexander Technique for Daily Function
Semester 2
12.5
AIND10004 Art and Indigenous Voice
Semester 1
12.5
THTR10019 Clear Speech and Communication
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST10009 Music Theatre: From Chorus To Ensemble
Winter Term
12.5
DNCE10027 Dancing the Dance 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV10021 Interactive Art Media 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV10010 Making Movies 1
Semester 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
FINA10033 Open Art
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10179 Making Music For Film And Animation 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10202 Jazz: The Improvisatory Spirit
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI10184 Pop Song Writing 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
THTR10007 The Actors Process
Winter Term
12.5
MUSI10222 The Wellbeing Orchestra
Semester 2
12.5
UNIB10011 The Secret Life of the Body 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DRAM10025
DRAM10026 Up Close and Personal with MTC
Semester 1
June
Semester 2
12.5
FINA10035 Still Life: Nature Morte
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP10001
CCDP10002 The Electronic Arts: Vision and Sound
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP10003 Video Games: Remaking Reality
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV10023 Introduction to Screenwriting Practices
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DPSS10007 The History of Cool: Fashion & Attitude
Semester 2
12.5
MUST10009 Music Theatre: From Chorus To Ensemble
Winter Term
12.5
MUST10010 Singing 1
Semester 1
12.5
MUST10011 Singing 2
Semester 2
12.5
MUST10012 Alexander Technique for Daily Function
Semester 2
12.5

VCA Electives - level 2 subjects

Students wishing to take subjects offered as breadth options at the Parkville campus should seek permission from the Course Coordinator.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FINA20028 Studio Options 1
Semester 1
12.5
FINA20031 Studio Options 2
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV20005 Making Movies 2
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI20163 Samba Band
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20164 Free Play New Music Improvisation Ensem
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20167 Creating Music For Advertising Not available in 2019 12.5
MUST20010 Glee Singing: The Power Of Pop Music
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20011 Intimate Acts: Inside The 'Fourth Wall'
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20173 The Art of Game Music
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI20174 The Laptop Recording Studio
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20008 Music Theatre: Singing Sondheim
Summer Term
12.5
MUST20009 Music Theatre: Singing the Golden Age
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20190 Advanced Recording Studio Techniques
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20192 R&B, Soul & Gospel Choir
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20194
THTR20022 Improvisation: Text, Space and Action
Winter Term
12.5
THTR20023 The Artist's Toolbox
February
July
12.5
THTR20042 Puppets as Storytellers
Summer Term
12.5
THTR20043 Design and the Moving Image
July
12.5
DNCE20031 Dancing the Dance 2
Winter Term
12.5
AIND20011 Indigenous Art and Changing the Nation
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP20001 Street Art
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20206 The Business of Music
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE20032 Body Works Not available in 2019 12.5
MUST20007 Bollywood: a cross-disciplinary study
Semester 2
12.5
FINA20036 Under Camera Animation
Summer Term
February
June
Winter Term
12.5
MUST20008 Music Theatre: Singing Sondheim
Summer Term
12.5
MUST20009 Music Theatre: Singing the Golden Age
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20010 Glee Singing: The Power Of Pop Music
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20011 Intimate Acts: Inside The 'Fourth Wall'
Semester 2
12.5

VCA Electives - level 3 subjects

Students wishing to take subjects offered as breadth options at the Parkville campus should seek permission from the Course Coordinator.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM30020 Acting for Camera
Winter Term
12.5
FLTV30013 Making Movies 3 Not available in 2019 12.5
MUST30012 Music Theatre: Singing Rock Musicals
Semester 1
12.5
THTR30039 Understanding Masks
Winter Term
12.5
THTR30042 Hashtag Cyberstar
Summer Term
Winter Term
12.5
FLTV30022 Making Movies 3 Practical Production
February
12.5
MUSI30236 The Music Producer: From Brass to Beats
Semester 1
12.5
MUST30012 Music Theatre: Singing Rock Musicals
Semester 1
12.5

Note to students regarding subject enrolment:

If you are unable to enrol into your subjects via your Student Portal, please submit an online Subject Change Application for Student Centre review.

The Subject Change Application should only be used if you are unable to make the subject changes online via your Student Portal.

Last updated: 5 March 2019