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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is designed for those who wish to thrive in and lead the future of global contemporary art and culture. You’ll be encouraged to experiment with a range of artistic processes, mediums and techniques to explore your ideas, curiosities and passions.

You’ll focus on one distinct major, choosing either Studio Practice or Art Theory. Both pathways feature professional practice, research skills and opportunities for elective study, meaning you’ll be prepared for a diverse range of careers and professional contexts in today’s art world and related creative fields.

Future careers

Many of our graduates are practising contemporary artists in their fields of expertise. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Practice) also equips graduates with the transferable skills and insights that secure employment across the cultural and creative industries including:

Art direction, advertising and communications
Arts and cultural administration and policy making
Arts education and training
Arts writing, publishing and criticism

UNSW’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) prepares students for a range of careers as thinkers, curators, producers, publishers, innovators, policy makers and future leaders.

Our graduates have the hands-on skills underpinning how creative content is exhibited, distributed, interpreted and promoted and are sought after across a range of arts, cultural, entertainment, media and technology industries.

Graduates find employment in areas including:

Arts and cultural management, policy making and administration
Art and design criticism, communications and journalism
Galleries, libraries, archives, museums
Creative direction, planning and production


  • Studio Practice
  • Art Theory

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,440.00 (US$ 27,070) per year
AUD $117,000 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

14 February 2022, 30 May 2022, 12 September 2022


Paddington Campus

Corner of Oxford Street and Greens Road,


New South Wales,

2021, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have a high school qualification, UNSW Foundation Studies, UNSW Diploma, recognized prior study or university transfer. English Language requirements: IELTS Academic version only: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT): 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); UNSW Institute of Languages University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest).

For international students

There are several admission pathways to an undergraduate degree at UNSW including high school qualifications, UNSW Foundation Studies, UNSW Diploma, recognised prior study or university transfer.

English Language requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL IBT (Internet Based): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); Pearson (PTE - Academic): 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); C1 Advanced Cambridge: 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest); C2 Proficiency Cambridge: 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest); UNSW Global University English Entry Course (UEEC): C+, Writing C.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • UNSW Foundation Studies

About UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

UNSW Sydney is a world-leading teaching and research powerhouse, which is ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide.

  • Global Top 50: Ranked 43rd university worldwide
  • Employable graduates: Ranked 27th global employer reputation
  • Ranked No.1 by Australian startup founders
  • 6 subjects ranked among the top 20 worldwide

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