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Gain the technical computer science foundation and complementary creative skills for producing compelling computer graphics and innovative creative applications.  

 

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
4 Year(s)

Overview

The Bachelor of Computer Science/Fine Arts double degree provides technical and creative foundations for developing and using computer graphics and coded media. It allows you to specialise in either the technical or creative strand of computer graphics and associated fields. 

Designed for students aspiring to work in the creative fields, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is for those who are open minded, curious, and inventive and who wish to immerse themselves in their creative practice. The BFA is home to distinctive specialisations in Animation and Moving Image, Art Theory, Music, and Visual Arts, each of which is led by experts in your field and supported by specialist facilities.   

You'll build technical skills and knowledge, learning from experts in practical and theoretical classes. And with strong industry connections embedded in each specialisation, you'll develop your career throughout the entire degree.

Key features

Self-discovery   
Explore and develop your artistic voice within your specialisation and take advantage of opportunities to experience a variety of creative disciplines. You'll enjoy hands-on practices in a comprehensive, intellectual, and artistic program.

World-class scholarship
 UNSW’s School of Computer Science and Engineering research is ranked 1st in Australia for Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Embedded & Real-Time Systems and Operating Systems by CS Rankings. Our strong focus on research, with our world-class research facilities, feeds leading-edge discoveries straight into our degrees. Our research culture provides an education where you’ll question, test, learn and experiment, making discoveries along the way.

Collaborate with purpose 
Bring an open mind to our social campus culture – meet and work alongside artists who are changing the way we think about important issues. Find out how creative practice is a cultural force that can raise awareness and drive action. 

Real industry experience 
Both programs connect you with industry and offer professional development experiences unique to your passions and goals, so you’ll shape your career from the outset of your degree.

ChallENG Program
This unique program connects students, academics and industry to exciting, real-world, project-based learning initiatives. The program will prepare you for your future career by helping you develop technical and design skills and expanding your professional expertise.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Study at the #1 Engineering faculty in Australia

  • State-of-the-art creative production and computer science facilities 

  • Showcase works in our galleries, publications, and events 

  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription while studying  

  • Professional development with industry partners 

  • A supportive, diverse, and inclusive community 

  • Access to world-class alumni connections 

Program Code
3792
CRICOS Code
110683H
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
425810
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192

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Entry requirements

2022 Lowest Selection Rank
90
2022 A levels
16
2022 IB Diploma
34
2022 Lowest ATAR
83.3
    1. The 2022 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2022.
    2. The 2022 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2022 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2022. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2022 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics Extension 1

Additional selection criteria

Please note that acceptance into the Music specialisation requires you to audition. For more information, visit UNSW Music auditions.

Portfolio Entry

The Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) is a possible alternative admission pathway for the admission of domestic undergraduate students to UNSW Faculty of Engineering degree programs, including the BSc Computer Science and the BSc Food Science (Hons), who do not meet the published Guaranteed Entry selection rank. Learn more about FEAS.

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways

The Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) is a possible alternative admission pathway for the admission of domestic undergraduate students to UNSW Faculty of Engineering degree programs, including the BSc Computer Science and the BSc Food Science (Hons), who do not meet the published Guaranteed Entry selection rank. Visit the FEAS page for more information.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Additional selection criteria

Please note that acceptance into the Music specialisation requires you to audition. For more information, visit UNSW Music auditions.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)/Fine Arts double degree program is 4 years full-time and consists of 32 courses (192 Units of Credit). Even though you’ll complete two degrees, it doesn’t mean double the workload. Each year you’ll complete a mix of courses from each degree with the same number of units as a single degree full-time study load of eight courses across three terms. 

This double degree program includes:

  • Core courses in computer science and fine arts

  • Fine arts specialisation 

  • Optional computer science specialisation

  • Elective courses

  • The Bachelor of Computer Science allows you to personalise your degree by either studying a general Computer Sciences degree or specialising in one of the following in-demand areas: 

    • Database Systems

    • eCommerce Systems 

    • Artificial Intelligence  

    • Programming Languages

    • Computer Networks

    • Embedded Systems 

    • Security Engineering 

  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts encourages freedom of exploration and expression. You'll find yourself learning alongside open and inclusive creatives as you delve into your chosen specialisation, with opportunities for diverse creative experiences throughout your degree. 

    You can choose from the following fine arts specialisations: 

Once you complete a bachelor’s degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for further study at a postgraduate level. If you’d like further information about this degree and its learning outcomes have a look at our student handbook

Future careers

Throughout your double degree, you’ll build a network of contacts among your classmates and lecturers, and you’ll be able to reach out to a global network of UNSW graduates. When launching your career, you'll benefit from our leading reputation in research and teaching, with many graduates recruited by industry partners before completing their degree.

Our computer science graduates have gone on to work with companies such as CSIRO, Cisco, Microsoft, Google, Amazon and start-ups like Canva and Atlassian. With flexible course options, your Bachelor of Fine Arts includes opportunities to experiment with professional roles in internships and work placements, preparing you for your career.

Your career opportunities may depend on your area of specialisation. View the various degree specialisations for examples of specific career opportunities below.

  • Computer science specialists are increasingly sought-after across many industries, from finance to consulting, government to healthcare. Paired with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, potential roles upon graduation include: 

    • Software engineer/developer

    • Chief technology officer

    • Digital security specialist 

    • Database developer/administrator

    • Game developer 

    • Visual effects and post-production designer

    • Computer graphics and animation specialist 

      • Animator  

      • 3d artist 

      • Texturing artist 

      • Concept artist 

      • Storyboard artist 

      • Creature effects artist 

      • Visual effects artist 

      • Visual effects compositor 

      • Media arts practitioner 

      • Digital publishing  

      • Digital communications specialist 

      • Art director 

      • Advertising director 

      • Film producer 

      • Television producer 

      • Post-production designer 

      • Media strategist 

      • Sound designer 

      • Cinematographer 

      • Art critic

      • Art director 

      • Archive manager

      • Creative director 

      • Creative entrepreneur

      • Communications officer 

      • Community engagement officer

      • Cultural event manager 

      • Cultural policy adviser

      • Cultural research officer 

      • Cultural consultant

      • Exhibit planner 

      • Festival curator

      • Gallery curator 

      • Museum curator

      • Public event programmer 

      • Audio producer 

      • Audio engineer 

      • Broadcaster 

      • Composer  

      • Classroom music teacher 

      • Music journalist 

      • Performing artist 

      • Private music teacher  

      • Session artist 

      • Songwriter 

      • Sound designer 

      • Soundtrack producer  

      • Tour manager 

      • Talent manager 

      • Talent scout

      • Advertising creative 

      • Art critic 

      • Art director 

      • Artist 

      • Arts educator 

      • Arts journalist 

      • Arts publisher 

      • Creative director  

      • Commercial photographer 

      • Communications officer 

      • Cultural administration  

      • Cultural policy consultant  

      • Event program manager 

      • Exhibition manager 

      • Festival curator 

      • Illustrator  

      • Installation artist 

      • Interdisciplinary artist

      • Painter 

      • Performance artist 

      • Photographer 

      • Photojournalist 

      • Printmaker 

      • Private art teacher 

      • Sculptor

Accreditation

Australian Computer Society

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$6,890

Commonwealth Supported Place multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$48,160
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$180,375

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

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