Enhance your engineering and problem-solving mind through artistic practice.

 

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

Overview

The UNSW Bachelor of Fine Arts/Engineering (Honours) is a double-degree that can be completed in 5.7 years full-time, or the part-time equivalent.  

Through the Bachelor of Fine Arts, you'll explore your artistic ignite your creativity and explore your practice, build technical skills and knowledge, and learn from experts in practical and theoretical classes. With distinct and focused specialisations in music, animation and moving image, art theory, and visual arts – you can focus deeply on the creative field that inspires you. 

Through the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), you’ll gain a solid background in mathematics, natural sciences and computing that will prepare you to hone your expertise in an engineering discipline. The type of engineer you’ll become often depends on which of the 19 engineering specialisations you choose.  

Your creative mind enhances your engineering, as you develop practical solutions to technical and environmental challenges, using science and mathematics.  

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

Key features

Tailor your degree
You can choose from 19 engineering specialisations, and four fine arts specialisations, tailoring your degree to suit your interests and passions. Through the Flexible First Year in engineering, you’ll study core subjects then explore a range of electives before deciding on a specialisation. In your fourth year, you can choose from over 40 electives to expand your experience beyond your specialisation. 

Gain professional experience 
Through your Fine Arts degree, you’ll be supported by experienced, well-connected professional artists, musicians and creative practitioners from your field. You’ll learn in specialist facilities using industry-standard technologies, and take part in professional development experiences such as exhibitions, screenings, studio internships, performances, and ensembles.  

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is built into the Bachelor of Engineering, guaranteeing work experience, and connecting you with industry as you study.  You also have the opportunity to collaborate on engineering solutions to real-world problems through the ChallENG program.  

World-class facilities and technology
UNSW Engineering has invested $1 billion in a refurbishment of our state-of-the-art engineering facilities. You can explore your artistic and engineering concepts ideas and bring them to life using the Engineering Makerspace, Design Futures Lab, The Making Centre, as well as fully equipped creative workshops, and digital studios across our Kensington and Paddington campuses. You’ll also have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription throughout your studies. 

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Study at the #1 Engineering faculty in Australia 
  • Access state-of-the-art creative production and engineering facilities 
  • Showcase works in UNSW’s galleries, publications, and events 
  • Adobe Creative Cloud included while studying  
  • A supportive, diverse, and inclusive community  
  • Access to world-class alumni connections.  
Program Code
3793
CRICOS Code
110669F
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
425560
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
264

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Entry requirements

2022 Lowest Selection Rank

90.00 + Audition 

 

2022 A Levels

16 + Audition

 

2022 IB Diploma

33 + Audition

 

2022 Lowest ATAR

< 5 offers

    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, Physics 

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.

Additional selection criteria

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

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


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

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 Fine Arts/Engineering (Honours) is a 5.7 year double degree program, usually consisting of 44 courses (making 264 Unit of Credit (UOC)). You’ll complete and 16 courses for Fine Arts and 28 for Engineering.   

The program includes: 

  • Engineering fundamentals core courses 
  • Engineering disciplinary courses, aligned to your specialisation 
  • One Fine Arts specialisation 
  • At least two elective courses  

Professional development courses and experiences: 

  • At least 60 days of approved Industrial Training experience for Engineering  
  • Credited Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses for Fine Arts 

Study areas

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

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia. UNSW Engineering graduates are some of the most sought-after engineers in Australia and abroad.  

The creative approaches you learn through your Fine Arts degree will complement your engineering and problem-solving skills, setting you apart and preparing your for diverse and exciting career opportunities, including:  

    • Aerospace engineer

    • Bioinformatics engineer

    • Biomedical engineer

    • Cartographer & surveyor 

    • Chemical engineer

    • Chemical product engineer

    • Civil engineer

    • Computer engineer 

    • Electrical engineering

    • Engineering manager 

    • Environmental engineer

    • Information technology specialist 

    • Materials engineer

    • Mechanical engineer

    • Manufacturing engineer

    • Mechatronic engineer 

    • Mining engineer

    • Petroleum engineer

    • Quantum engineer

    • Renewable energy engineer 

    • Software engineer

    • Telecommunications

    • 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

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.

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$8,021
2022 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$49,001

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
$37,680
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$290,360

*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.


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