The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) is designed specifically for those looking to develop the intellectual and critical skills to make an impact in the arts and cultural sector. By engaging deeply in the histories, theories, and ideas that drive contemporary art and culture, you will be prepared to contribute to a dynamic exchange of artistic ideas and practices into the future.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) degree allows you to investigate the histories and theories that inform contemporary art and culture. Situated within the Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) is a unique program that immerses you in the creatively and intellectually stimulating context of Australia’s largest community of art and design practitioners, curators, students, educators and researchers.
Throughout the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory), you will be guided by our dedicated team of nationally and internationally recognised art theorists, curators, and artists, helping you to examine the intersections between art and a range of historical, cultural, social, and institutional contexts. With complementary studies in studio art practice, opportunities for elective study, and opportunities to learn in professional contexts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) prepares you for a successful career in the contemporary art world and related creative fields throughout Australia and internationally.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts can also be taken with a Studio Practice major. For more information see the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Practice)
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) is comprised of three year levels structured to help you develop the core skills and knowledge for a career in the arts and cultural sector. The program provides a unique balance of studio practice and studies in art theory, giving you first-hand experience of the dynamic and ever-changing relationship between contemporary art practice and theory. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) features a combination of core and optional courses that are curated around four thematic pathways: Local and Global Art; Art and Embodiment; Art Institutions Today; and Art, Science, and Technology.
In your first year, you will develop understandings of recent art history and develop your analytical and interpretive skills for engaging with contemporary art and culture. You will also be introduced to the foundations of art practice through two core studio courses.
In your second year, you will build on these foundations by delving deeper into the histories and theories that frame contemporary art and culture. You will also explore the four thematic pathways that thread through the program.
In your third year, you will extend your knowledge of contemporary art theories and contexts, while also exploring opportunities to synthesise your skills and knowledge in professional contexts.
Throughout the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory), you can broaden your skills and knowledge by selecting from a wide range of elective courses across our art, design and media programs, as well as from other leading faculties of UNSW.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory), you will demonstrate high level skills in intellectual ingenuity and versatility, as well as critical awareness and independent judgement applicable to a wide variety of professional contexts.
UNSW offers a comprehensive suite of career-enhancing double degree options. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) can be combined in the following double degrees:
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) / Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) / Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) / Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) / Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) / Bachelor of Advanced Science
The Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) is an optional one year program intended for high achieving students who have completed the Bachelor of Art Theory or Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) at UNSW Art & Design, or an undergraduate pass degree in art history, art theory, visual culture or equivalent, either from another university.
- Arts and cultural management, policy making and administration
- Art and design criticism, communications and journalism
- Galleries, libraries, archives, museums
- Creative direction, planning and production
- Curatorship, festival, event and museum management
- Cultural and creative research and scholarship
- Media industries, publishing and distribution
- Public programming and engagement
- Entrepreneurship, strategy, creative consultancy and start-ups
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