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Study Fine Arts at Curtin

Fine Art

Undergraduate Major


Fine Art Major (BA)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Pursue a creative career and contribute to the artistic, and cultural needs of contemporary society.

Benjamin Bannan

Throughout my degree I used different mediums to express my ideas. Casting, relief and other forms of print-making are processes I enjoy because of their poetic relationship to materials. It’s important to make work that you’re passionate about … people engage with art that has a sense of integrity.

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Specialist pathways

The Bachelor of Arts is flexible, so you can follow your interests and create a unique, tailored program.

Industry links

Access professional expertise with our artist-in-residence program.

Professional artists are creative people who contribute to the artistic, aesthetic and social needs of contemporary society.

The major is designed for those who wish to be professional artists or pursue a career in the creative industries.

You will focus on a variety of disciplines, including painting, print media, sculpture, drawing, installation and new media.

In the first two years of this program you’ll engage in studio-based activities, focusing on painting, print media, sculpture, drawing, installation, new media and emerging disciplines.

In your final year you’ll undertake self-directed projects, culminating in the opportunity to present your artworks at the annual graduate show.

You’ll also benefit from our artist-in residence program. Each semester Curtin appoints a new artist-in-residence, so you can access the diversity of professional expertise.

Fine art is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.


How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • Art at Curtin is a respected centre for visual arts education in Australia and abroad.
  • You will have access to excellent facilities and technical support for practical work in a wide range of media.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience in presenting artwork to the public through the John Curtin Gallery and through our links with local art agencies and institutions.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information


  • Artist
  • Artisan / craftsperson
  • Arts administrator
  • Gallery professional
  • Curator


  • Arts
  • Creative Arts
  • Community Arts
  • Public Art
  • Fashion

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge of creative production in both studio practice and art critical discourse; contribute to evidence based practice through visual research
  • think critically and reflectively by incorporating creativity within visual research and studio practice
  • critically evaluate visual culture, technology and literature relevant to the discipline; synthesise information from a range of sources
  • demonstrate effective visual, spoken and written communication appropriate to both studio practice and art critical discourse
  • use and discern technologies appropriate to the production of contemporary art
  • demonstrate personal awareness of a critically reflective studio practice; apply effective self-directed learning skills; sustain an engagement with visual culture and creative industries
  • recognise the significance of international visual arts and cultural practice in the development of local and national professional contemporary visual arts production
  • recognise the importance of cultural diversity and visual language; respect individuals from all cultures; develop cross-cultural collaborations that foster innovation and diversity in the visual arts
  • work independently and collaboratively, demonstrating art relevant professional practice and leadership skills

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 65%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.

If you don’t meet the minimum course requirements, you may submit a portfolio and may be required to attend an interview. Find out more about portfolio entry.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-FNART
  • Last updated on: February 21, 2020