Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours)

RMIT University

Image of a white sculptural work by the artist Fairy Turner.
Fairy Turner, ‘This Exuberant Life’, 2018 at Bus Projects. Photo: Christo Croker
The honours program supports and develops your capacity as a practicing artist and active researcher in the field of contemporary art.

This program is designed for students who have successfully completed a three-year degree in contemporary art or craft, or an equivalent field, and who wish to undertake a further year of study to focus exclusively on an individual project.

At this level of study, you will engage within a high-level intensive program, deepening and enriching your practice through expertise, knowledge and criticality.

You will be guided through personalised mentorship and individual supervision, as you are introduced to practice-led research and research methodologies.

A flexible curriculum provides opportunities for you to develop an individual project and to further your knowledge and capability for professional or highly skilled art practice, and/or further learning at a postgraduate level.

Study streams
There are five study streams to choose from:

Contemporary art practices involves an individual contemporary art project within any medium, method or strategy, including painting, drawing, installation practices, moving image, photography, spatial practices, print image practices, or conceptual and post-object based art practices.
Sound art practices allows you to focus on the development of a contemporary sonic art project, interrogating themes and practices derived from composition, performance, exhibition and audio-vision.
Contemporary art and craft practices leads you to produce an individual contemporary art and/or craft project, with emphasis on object-based practices. This may include ceramics or gold and silversmithing, but may equally include other fields of craft related practice.
Curatorial practices allows you to develop your curatorial practice, investigating the discourses and hybridised spaces between art practice and curatorship. Applicants are required to have undertaken prior studies in the field of contemporary art or craft.
Transdisciplinary practices – A project may be solo or collaborative, specialised or transdisciplinary, in which multiple art forms and practices may converge.

Focus of the program
The program provides a supportive and consultative environment, emphasising independent practice, research and development, where you will form your own project and personal course of study through consultation with academic staff.

All academic staff within the program are artists, theorists or curators with local, national and, in most instances, international experience.

The program is designed as a full-year course of study to build upon your previous undergraduate studies, with a refined contemporary art project as a final outcome. Consequently, having devised an informed and rigorous contemporary art practice, our alumni are ready for high levels of practice and are regularly involved in local, national and international art events, or in undertaking a postgraduate research degree.

At a Glance

Course level Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 006591A
Institution Name RMIT University
Campus Location Melbourne City
Institution Type University
Course Duration Full-time 1 year
Course University RMIT University

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