fine arts

Careers in Fine Art

Draw out your ideas

A Contemporary Drawing student develops painting concepts

Who will you become?


Fine art graduates interpret our culture and world in a critical way, communicating their ideas with imagination and skill. You’ll have a strong portfolio showing the best of your work, and the ability to understand the place of fine art within a contemporary environment.

Career options are wide, and will depend on your skills and preference. A professional artist will develop, refine and create work, submit grant and residency proposals, and reach buyers through exhibitions in galleries or their own promotion. Curators choose and coordinate work for art exhibitions, while gallery managers develop programmes and work with artists. An arts administrator might assist with project and event management, working on promotion and scheduling. Some fine artists complete postgraduate study and move into education roles as art teachers and lecturers. Graphic designers, photographers and illustrators produce creative work to client briefs, often while developing their own practice.

The Bachelor of Media Arts (Visual Arts) offers fine art through its Painting and Sculpture pathways. You’ll study a range of contemporary art and illustration styles, and learn practical skills such as painting techniques and plastic, metal and wood fabrication for sculpture. You’ll also be setting up installations and learning the professional practice of designing and curating exhibitions. All second and third year fine art students have their own studio space to work in, as well as access to spacious printmaking and workshop facilities. Students can gain experience while studying at our contemporary art gallery, Ramp.

In your third year, you will have the opportunity to work in the industry, develop quality projects for your portfolio and display this at the end of year exhibition. Your study in Media Arts will be project-driven and involve collaboration with students from outside your field. You will gain insight, skills and techniques from other Media Arts disciplines and graduate with the ability and networks to apply those collaborative methods to your professional practice. Your lecturers are active researchers and experienced artists, developing their own work alongside their teaching.

If you don't meet the entry criteria for the degree, the Certificate in Media Arts is a 20-week introductory programme that delivers the basic knowledge and skills to prepare for a creative career. Enthusiasts still at school might be interested in our one day STAR taster courses in Photoshop, Illustrator, Life Drawing or Stop-motion Animation. You can also come in as a 'student-for-a-day', which offers the opportunity to sample the Media Arts environment and teaching style before enrolling, or a book a tour to see our facilities.