Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) (2022)

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Additional entry requirements

You must successfully:

  • submit a portfolio

  • complete an interview.

Important dates

  • Tuesday 2 August 2022

QTAC applications, change of major or minor form, and the QUT online registration form open.

All applications and application forms close. Requests for applications and registrations after this date will not be considered. Make sure you allow adequate time to complete each stage of your application before application closing time.

You will also select an interview time to be conducted on Zoom in late September/early October.

How to apply

Step 1

Apply throughQTAC.

Current IX35 Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Fine Arts double degree students changing major must instead submit change of major or minor form.

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Step 2

Complete the QUT online registration form. You must have a valid QTAC number or current QUT student ID number to complete this step.

You will be required to upload your portfolio (one file, no larger than 10MB) and supporting documentation (a second file) to your application. You must pay the non-refundable $75 application service fee via QUTPay. If you're applying via the Educational Access Scheme or the Centralised Assessment Selection Program, you are exempt from the fee.

Your application is complete once you reach the confirmation notice screen and receive your confirmation email.

Step 3

Attend your nominated interview on Zoom. You can select your interview time through the online registration form. The meeting ID and password will be noted in your confirmation email.

Supporting documentation

When submitting your application, you will be required to upload your supporting documentation. This should include:

  • a CV of no more than 2 pages, outlining both formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of visual arts

Please upload your supporting documentation as one file, and your portfolio as a second file in the application system.

Application preparation

Visual Arts application preparation (PDF file, 703.2 KB)

Visual Arts portfolio template (PDF file, 204.6 KB)

Interview dates

You will select a Zoom interview time through the online registration form. The time and date of your interview cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances.

If you don't attend an interview, on Zoom, you won't be considered for a place in the course.

Zoom interviews

Upon successful submission of the QUT online registration form, you will receive a confirmation email including the Zoom meeting ID that can used to join your scheduled interview session.

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Portfolio and interview feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, we can't provide feedback to applicants.

When do I find out the outcome?

  • QTAC applications:outcomes will be viewable from mid November

  • change of major or minor applications: if you have been recalled you will receive notification on your application outcome by no later than early January

Selection process

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2022

421782 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)

Admission was based on additional entry requirements only. Thus, no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

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Minimum academic requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Prerequisites

You must successfully:

  • submit a portfolio
  • complete an interview
  • have completed Australian Year 12 or equivalent qualification

How to apply

Apply for this coursevia theQUT Application Portal.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.As part of your application, you must submit your supporting documentsincluding your portfolio.

Supporting documentation

When submitting your application, you will be required to include your supporting documents. This should include:

  • your portfolio
  • a CV of no more than 2 pages, outlining both formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of visual arts

Application preparation

Visual arts portfolio template (PDF file, 204.6KB)

Your portfolio should consist of 10 digital images in a PDF or PowerPoint (.pptx) file that best demonstrate your current art achievements, working processes, commitment, and potential.

Please use the above template as a guide in developing your portfolio.

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  • The cover slide should include your full name.
  • Each image following the cover slide of your portfolio must be placed on a plain background with a caption that includes the title, year it was produced, medium, dimensions and/or duration.
  • Any videos included in your portfolio should be represented by a still image with caption and a URL link to the video on YouTube or Vimeo. When uploading videos to YouTube, be sure to set to unlisted.

Your interview

You will be assigned a Zoom interview time after your application is submitted. Interviews are conducted in English.We will advise you via email of the Zoom meeting ID that can be used to join your scheduled interview session.

During the interview you will be asked about the kinds of contemporary art and artists that interest you as well as your knowledge of contemporary art practice in general. You should also be prepared to discuss the reasons for your interest in this course.

Selection criteria

The selection panel considers your ability to think creatively and explore and develop ideas. The selection panel also looks for evidence of versatility, inventiveness and self-directed practice, and your awareness of contemporary art. We also look for applicants who can demonstrate an awareness of the unique features of our course and what it offers them as an aspiring creative practitioner.

Portfolio and interview feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, we can't provide feedback to applicants.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

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When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

FAQs

What is Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual arts? ›

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art is a four-year, 120 credit hour degree program. The first year is spent in foundations courses where students focus on the development of their creative and technical skills. After the foundation year, students can select to concentrate in several degree emphasis areas.

Do you need to be good at drawing for Fine Arts? ›

Being able to draw is not essential for becoming an artist. In the art world, drawing does not always have to be realistic; many revered artists created masterpieces with somewhat questionable drawing skills. Additionally, art forms such as painting, sculpture, and photography do not require drawing skills at all.

Is Bachelor of Fine Arts the same as Bachelor of Arts? ›

BA is Bachelor of Arts, and BFA is Bachelor of Fine Arts. One of the main differences that can be seen between BA and BFA, is that one is a general degree and the other a professional one. While the Bachelor of Arts is only a general degree, the Bachelor of Fine Arts is a professional degree.

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  • The Painting Genres. • What are genres? •

Is a BFA a good degree? ›

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is considered to be the most prestigious bachelor's degree that you can receive in the visual arts. This option is for students who wish to gain as much experience and skill in photography as possible.

Does Fine Arts have board exam? ›

The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices.

What skills do you need for fine art? ›

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What is it like to study fine art? ›

Fine art courses have a focus on studio-based experimental work. Graduates of this course may work as artists, photographers or designers, or in art galleries, museums or cultural organisations, teaching or arts administration.

Can I study graphic design if I can't draw? ›

Graphic design may not require professional drawing skills or a fine art background, but UX designer Isaac Hammelburger says simple sketching can get the job done.

Should I get a BFA or BA? ›

Your choice between a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree will come down to your educational and career goals. With the BA, you'll take more liberal arts courses (general studies such as literature, history, etc.). With the BFA, you'll focus more on intensive art and design studies.

Is a BFA better than a BS? ›

The truth is that there is not a difference in the quality of training that students receive in the BFA and BA/BS programs. Both programs are focused on producing quality, talented arts professionals. Students in both programs are cast for productions and performances.

What does Bachelor of Fine Arts include? ›

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will often require an area of specialty such as acting, musical theater, ceramics, computer animation, creative writing, dance, dramatic writing, drawing, fiber, film production, visual effects, animation, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, visual arts, technical arts, ...

How do I prepare for a fine arts interview? ›

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  2. Can you tell us what is important about these projects to you? ...
  3. Tell us about the trajectory of your career up to this point. ...
  4. Why would you like to come to this university?

How do I prepare for an art interview? ›

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What are the 7 elements of art? ›

ELEMENTS OF ART: The visual components of color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value.

Is BFA good for future? ›

There is a good demand for BFA graduates in the sectors of cinema, television, advertising, animation, publishing, textile, art studios, boutiques, educational institutes, and so on. However, the types of job profiles for BFA graduates vary according to their chosen specialisation.

Is a BFA hard? ›

The difficulty is subjective. Still, BFA programs are often described as more intense and rigorous than BA programs, with higher technical standards. They are meant to prepare serious artists for their careers in competitive fields.

What does Bachelor of Fine Arts include? ›

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will often require an area of specialty such as acting, musical theater, ceramics, computer animation, creative writing, dance, dramatic writing, drawing, fiber, film production, visual effects, animation, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, visual arts, technical arts, ...

What is Bachelor of Fine Arts major in visual communication? ›

BFA major in Visual Communication is a four-year program that aims to produce graduates with comprehensive knowledge, appropriate skills and a professional attitude in the practice of visual communication, within the framework of the university's educational philosophy and core values.

What do we study in fine arts? ›

Fine Arts are the study of different art forms such as drawing, sculpture, painting, literature, music, dance, architecture, and theatre. Fine Arts Courses also cover other fields such as Photography, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Drawing, etc.

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