How to Apply: Bachelor of Fine Art

Bachelor of Fine Art

Our Bachelor of Fine Art degree is designed to impart the skills, knowledge and creative independence required to sustain a career as an artist.

This individual development requires a holistic approach to art education – one that we have always believed is best accommodated by students learning the skills and knowledge of the studio through studio practice under the guidance of established artists.

NAS has long been recognised for our use of this studio model of learning. Our focus on small class sizes ensures that every student receives individual guidance and that their independent exploration of art making is informed by a comprehensive knowledge of the historical underpinnings of that practice as well as the dynamic range of contemporary possibilities for art practice today.

The BFA comprises three interrelated areas of study: Drawing, Art History & Art Theory and Studio. Study in these key subject areas continues throughout all three years of the degree.

HOW TO APPLY

ENTRY PATHWAY

a) Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with completed higher education study meet the academic pre-requisites for the Bachelor of Fine Art. Admissions are based upon portfolio assessment and interview.

b) Completed bridging or enabling course

Applicants with a completed bridging or enabling course meet the academic pre-requisites for the Bachelor of Fine Art. Admissions to the degree are based upon portfolio assessment and interview.

c) Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study 

Applicants with a completed TAFE CERT IV in Fine Art or equivalent meet the academic pre- requisites for the Bachelor of Fine. Applicants with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma may apply for advanced standing into the 2nd year of the Bachelor of Fine Art. Admissions to the degree are based upon portfolio assessment and interview.

d) Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Applicants who complete the HSC or other equivalent Australian Year 12 qualifications meet the academic pre-requisites for the Bachelor of Fine Art. Admissions to the degree are based upon portfolio assessment and interview.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

aAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people

There are currently no separate ATSI admissions process.

b) Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

Overseas qualifications will be assessed for equivalence to Australian Year 12, where equivalent the applicant will meet the academic pre-requisites for the Bachelor of Fine Art. Admissions to the degree are based upon portfolio assessment and interview.

c) English language proficiency

Where applicants are not Australian citizens or permanent residents and/or their academic pre- requisites were not taught and assessed in English applicant will be require to provide evidence of meeting the NAS English language requirement. Details of the NAS English language requirement can be found at (link).

HOW TO APPLY

Applications must be lodged with the University Admission Centre (UAC) at www.uac.edu.au

Upon submitting your application to UAC and provided that you meet the below educational requirements for admission, you will be contacted by NAS Student Services with an invitation to participate in the B Fine Art selection process, comprising of an interview and portfolio presentation.

NASs main offer round will be December Round 2. The Cut-offs for December Round 2 Applications:

Apply and pay: midnight 18 November 2019

All documents: 4.30pm 22 November 2019

Change of preferences: midnight 19 December 2019

Subject to there still being places available applications lodged with UAC after this date will be interviewed in January and be part of the January/February UAC rounds.

We strongly recommend applying for December Round 2 to avoid missing out on your opportunity to study at the National Art School

All domestic and some international applications for the Bachelor of Fine Art are through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). Other international and all postgraduate applications are direct to the National Art School.

Applications forms and guidelines can be found here:

Application Guidelines
Download the BFA Application Guidelines here

Schedule of Fees
Download the schedule of fees here

Admissions Transparency
Download the Admissions Transparency Statement here

APPLICATION PROCESS

The interview and portfolio presentation

Admission into the Bachelor of Fine Art is competitive, with selection based on an interview process and portfolio assessment.

Interviews and portfolio evaluations are held on campus in the first week of December.

Upon submitting your completed application to UAC and provided that you meet the educational requirements for admission, you will be contacted and notified of the exact time and date of your interview by National Art School Student Services via email and/or post.

Students unable to attend an interview (e.g. interstate or overseas applicants) may apply using powerpoint, digital files, transcripts of results of previous training and photographic documentation. Please discuss this with Student Services as soon as possible.


How it works:

The interview panel will consist of two members of Academic staff from the National Art School. The panel will ask you a range of questions relating to your interest in the arts, your portfolio, and your reasons for wishing to study at the National Art School. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask course related questions of the panel.


What to bring: 

A typed personal statement: (500-1000 words in length) addressing the following points:

  • Why you are interested in studying at the National Art School
  • What you hope to achieve from your study at the National Art School
  • Exhibitions have you seen or participated in during the last 12 months
  • Other cultural interests do you have, e.g. films, theatre, music, literature
  • An outline of your current art practice and interests

Your portfolio consisting of:

  • Minimum of 12 recently completed works
  • Relevant support material such as drawings, maquettes, sketchbooks and visual diaries.
OFFER AND ENROLMENT

a) Acceptance of offer

To accept the offer applicants must complete the online acceptance of offer process by the deadline specified in their offer notification

bDeferment

Deferral is only granted in exceptional circumstances, applicants should apply for the year in which they intend to study.

c) Fees and charges

A schedule of fees is published annually in advance of all application deadlines

STUDENT PROFILE
 

 

 

Applicant background

Semester one / Full year intake 2019
 

Number of students

Percentage of all

students

(A) Past higher education study

(includes a bridging or enabling course)

 

47

 

26%

(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study 10 5%
(C) Recent secondary education:

•      Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

•      Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

•      Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR

was  not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

118

 

 

%

 

 

 

 

%

 

 

 

 

 

65%

(D) Work and life experience

(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)

 

5

 

3%

International students L/N N/P
All students 182 100.0%

Notes:          L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Data not available for this item.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

 

Australian Year 12 students

Applicants who complete the HSC or other equivalent Australian Year 12 qualifications meet the academic prerequisites for the Bachelor of Fine Art. Admissions to the degree are based upon portfolio assessment and interview.

 

ATAR-related adjustments

NAS does not use ATAR in its admissions processes.

 

Criteria that may apply in addition to ATAR

NAS does not use ATAR in its admissions processes.

 

Other admission options

Admissions to the degree are based upon portfolio assessment and interview.

 

Interstate Year 12

Applicants who complete any Australian Year 12 qualifications meet the academic prerequisites for the Bachelor of Fine Art.

 

Applicants with work and life experience

If applicants do not hold the academic prerequisites they may alternatively sit a STAT. Where mature age entry applicants are unable to complete a STAT National Art School may, at it’s discretion, consider employment experience in determining eligibility for admission.

When assessing employment experience NAS will consider whether the employment experience indicates suitability for further study in higher education, as evidenced by the levels of literacy and critical analysis required by the duties performed.  References from employers may be required to provide evidence of duties performed.

Admissions to the degree are based upon portfolio assessment and interview.

 

Finished secondary education more than two years ago

Applicants who complete any Australian Year 12 qualifications meet the academic prerequisites for the Bachelor of Fine Art. Admissions to the degree are based upon portfolio assessment and interview.

 

Bridging and enabling course entry

Applicants with a completed bridging or enabling course meet the academic prerequisites for the Bachelor of Fine Art. Admissions to the degree are based upon portfolio assessment and interview.

ADVANCE STANDING

Applicants can apply for admission into the Bachelor of Fine Art with Advanced Standing in recognition of prior study at a university or TAFE. Students admitted with Advanced Standing are given credit towards the degree for all appropriate subjects completed at another institution up to a maximum of two thirds of the total credit points required for the degree.

Specified credit will be given for subjects closely related to a subject offered within the degree program. Advanced standing is only given for study completed in the last 10 years.

The educational qualifications required for admission with Advanced Standing into the BFA for second year are:

  • Successful completion of the first year of a Degree in Fine Art at an equivalent institution, or
  • Successful completion of a two year Diploma in Fine Art at TAFE or an equivalent institution.
  • Successful completion of a three year Advanced Diploma in Fine Art at TAFE or an equivalent institution.

The educational qualification required for admission with Advanced Standing into the BFA for third year requires successful completion of the first and second years of a degree in fine art at an equivalent institution.

WHERE TO GET FURTHER INFORMATION

COURSE OVERVIEW

Program Structure

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is designed to impart the skills, knowledge and creative independence required to sustain a career as an artist.

This individual development requires a holistic approach to art education – one that we have always believed is best accommodated by students learning the skills and knowledge of the studio through studio practice under the guidance of established artists.

NAS has long been recognised for our use of this studio model of learning. Our focus on small class sizes ensures that every student receives individual guidance and that their independent exploration of art making is informed by a comprehensive knowledge of the historical underpinnings of that practice as well as the dynamic range of contemporary possibilities for art practice today.

The BFA comprises three interrelated areas of study: Drawing, Art History & Art Theory and Studio. Study in these key subject areas continues throughout all three years of the degree.

Course Schema

Year 1

In the first year of the degree, students are introduced to the foundational skills and concepts of art making in a comprehensive exploration of studio practice in all range of studio areas including Ceramics, Painting, Photomedia, Printmaking and Sculpture. In the second semester, students narrow the focus of their studio study to two of those areas – one of which will form the basis for an ongoing studio Specialisation in following years of study.

Study in Drawing at this level introduces students to the foundational principles of visual observation, analysis and experimental drawing, and the Art History & Theory program examines the historical precedents and contemporary contexts of visual arts practice.

Year 2

In the second year of the degree, students commence study in a Studio Specialisation nominated from one of two studio areas studied in the previous semester. The year is project based and supports the development of individual work practices in preparation for the final year of the degree.

Students continue to study Drawing where the skills attained in the previous year are extended to include both contemporary and traditional drawing practices. The Art History & Theory core program examines the history and cultural conditions of modernity and an Art History and Theory Elective program offers students an opportunity to engage more deeply with a broad variety of specialised topics.

Year 3

In the third and final year of the degree, students work on independent projects under the guidance of studio staff. This final year emphasises self-directed learning and individual development with all students building a major body of work for assessment and exhibition at the conclusion of the year.

The Drawing Program is driven by individual student projects at this level and the Art History & Theory core program examines the major concepts, terminology and debates that shape contemporary art and culture today.

Core Subjects

In conjunction with study in selected studio areas, Drawing and Art History & Theory are included as core subjects throughout all three years of the BFA.

These core areas of study grow in scope and intensity at each level of the course and areas of core study reflect the critical importance of these key areas of skill and knowledge required for practice in any studio discipline. The final year of the BFA includes a core Professional Practice component for all students.

Drawing

Drawing is a core competency for the visual artist in any area of visual arts practice. As the fields of artistic practice continue to expand and evolve in a changing word, drawing provides the artist with the essential capacity for visual analysis and speculation. In recognition of the importance of those attributes, Drawing is delivered as a core subject throughout all three years of the BFA.

Within that three-year sequence, students are engaged in a comprehensive exploration of drawing practices from foundational modes of drawing such as observational and life drawing, through experimental practises, multi-media works, installation practices and new media art works.

In addition to being a core subject within the BFA, Drawing is also offered as a Studio Specialisation at MFA level where it encompasses a diverse and dynamic range of practices, processes and attitudes to art making.

Art History & Theory

Today more than ever, the development of informed artistic practice requires understanding of the historical precedents and contexts of art making across a broad cultural spectrum. Given that importance, Art History & Theory is delivered as a core subject throughout all three years of our BFA and in the first year of our MFA.

Commencing with overview of artistic production from antiquity to the industrialisation of society in the nineteenth century, the BFA curriculum continues on to a comprehensive study of Modernity and Post Modernity. The final year of the BFA program includes a special focus on contemporary Australian and Aboriginal art and culture. In addition to this core program, a range of AHT electives are offered in the BFA covering a range of specialised topics.

Studio Specialisations

In conjunction with core study in Drawing and Art History & Theory the BFA provides students with the opportunity to engage in in-depth study in any of our five Studio Specialisations including Ceramics, Painting, Photomedia, Printmaking and Sculpture.

A Studio Introduction program in the first year of the degree provides an opportunity for students to engage in study in all of these studio areas. From the second year of the degree students nominate one of these areas as a Studio Specialisation which will form the basis of their studio study over the ensuing years of their BFA.

Ceramics

The study of Ceramics at NAS emphasises the ‘hands-on’ experience of working with clay.

Through the production of objects utilising a broad range of studio materials and equipment, our students engage in a ‘hands on’ exploration of the traditions of this ancient craft and its contemporary possibilities.

Our Ceramics studios are among the best equipped in Australia and support production across the entire temperature spectrum of ceramics from raku to porcelain. Students have access to production in a broad range of studio processes including hand building, wheel-throwing and casting techniques under the guidance of expert staff.

Painting

To study Painting at NAS is to engage with the rich and diverse traditions of one of the most enduring areas of art practice.

Through the exploration of a broad range of studio techniques and processes, our students develop the skill and confidence to engage with the history and the dynamic field that is Painting today.

From an introduction to the foundational histories, techniques and materials of the studio in the first year of the BFA, students are guided in their development through visual literacy, colour, tone and composition toward an engagement with contemporary approaches to painting and the development of an individual approach to art making.

Photomedia

The study of Photomedia at NAS is based upon a comprehensive exploration of the broad range of photographic processes, techniques and theories that constitute practice in this constantly evolving field of art practice.

Student learning is founded upon in-depth instruction and development of critical awareness to support the development of individual approaches to art making.

Our Photomedia studios support a diverse range of photographic practices, from the analogue camera and darkroom techniques that came to define this area of practice for over a century, to the more advanced digital camera and print output processes of today in addition to screen based moving image art works.

Printmaking

From the development of Gutenberg’s printing press in 15th century Europe to the digital process of today, Printmaking represents an exciting, influential and enduring approach to art making.

The study of Printmaking at NAS focuses on technical instruction in the uses of varying printmaking media to assist students in discovering their own personal visual language expressed through Printmaking.

Our Printmaking studio facilities cover the full range of printmaking processes including relief, intaglio, screen-printing, lithography and digital output. Students are guided thorough an extensive range of print formats, from an introduction to traditional approaches to printmaking and printing methods, to the making of artist’s books, multiples and digital print process.

Sculpture

The study of Sculpture at NAS is structured to provide students with an opportunity to fully explore this rich and diverse discipline.

From foundational study of the conventional modes of sculptural practice to more contemporary materials and sculptural practices, students are guided towards the development of their individual artistic sensibility and visual language.

Our Sculpture studios and central workshops support a comprehensive range of processes covering carving, modelling, and construction in a wide range of materials and artistic approaches. Dedicated facilities include areas for mould making and a foundry for casting in bronze.

CONTACT

Student Services
+61 2 9339 8651
student.services@nas.edu.au

Applications for commencing study in 2020 are now open 

Application Guidelines
Download the BFA Application Guidelines here

Schedule of Fees
Download the schedule of fees here

Admissions Transparency
Download the Admissions Transparency Statement here

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