Fine art courses

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Introduction to Fine art

Want to hone your skills as an artist, or prepare for a thrilling career in the art world? Compare fine arts courses that focus on a range of studio specialisations, including painting, printmaking, digital design, arts criticism and curation.

Learn from accomplished creatives and leading thinkers. Connect with fellow artists based all over Australia.

These courses are delivered 100% online by leading universities. This means you’ll have the freedom to keep working on the projects that matter to you while you study your craft.

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Study fine art courses online with leading Australian universities, through Open Universities Australia.

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Online fine art subjects and short courses

Curtin University


Art and Design Fundamentals

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Aug 2024

Curtin University



100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Aug 2024

Curtin University


Fine Art Studio Materials

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Aug 2024

Curtin University


Fine Art Studio Methods

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 25 Nov 2024

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Online fine art degrees

Curtin University


Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)

A fine arts degree for truly dedicated artists

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of Southern Queensland

Become a professional visual artist

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Curtin University


Undergraduate Certificate in Fine Art

Explore your talent and develop your artistic skills

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Curtin University

A degree with twice the creativity

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

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Discover 33 ways to study fine art with leading Australian universities.

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Fine art study FAQs

What is a fine arts degree?

A fine arts degree teaches you about different artistic styles as well as the fundamentals of design, research practices and art history. Over the course of the degree you will be encouraged to develop your technical skills, try new things and discover your unique art practice.

What is the difference between a visual art vs fine art degree?

While both are focused on the fundamentals of art and design, it could be argued the main difference comes down to the medium and purpose of the art being created.

Visual arts can be centred on conceptual skills like photography, digital media, web design, sculpture, installation and more, while fine art embraces the idea of art for the pleasure of the viewer using mediums such as painting, drawing, ceramics and print.

Both fine art and visual art help you communicate concepts and ideas artistically, to experiment with a variety of mediums, and to discover your niche while developing your personal art practice.

Why should I study fine art?

If you have a creative mind, studying fine art allows you to lean into your artistic tendencies. To engage with a part of yourself that’s all about making something from nothing based on an idea, bringing an artistic vision to life.

But more than this, a degree in fine art can allow you to look at the world in a new light, to learn how to critique and to develop valuable analytical skills that will carry you well beyond your art practice.

Why should I study a fine art course online?

If you choose to study a fine art course online you’ll be earning your degree on your own terms. You decide when you study and where, which is perfect for parents, shift workers, or anyone who requires flexibility and wants to fit learning in around their already busy life.

Why should I study online through Open Universities Australia?

There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.

  • You can enrol without entry requirements 
    We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree, we’ll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.
  • You have total control over how you study
    Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you didn’t even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.
  • You’ll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student
    Once you enrol through us, you’ll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you’ll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.
  • We’ll help you navigate the university world
    Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.
Is fine art hard to get into?

If you’re a creative looking to start university (or perhaps return to university for a change of direction) you may be wondering “is fine art hard to get into?”

While it varies between universities, you can get into most of the fine arts degrees available through us without entry requirements—no ATAR is required. Instead, you can start with a set of single fine arts subjects. Once you successfully pass those, you will be accepted into the full qualification.

Chat with our student advisors to find out more about how this works.

How long is a fine art course?

It depends on the course and whether you choose something short or long-term. Here’s a general guide: 

Single subject10-18 weeks
Short course10-18 weeks
Undergraduate certificate6 months (if full time)
Diploma1 year (if full time) 
Associate degree2 years (if full time) 
Bachelor degree3 years (if full time)
Graduate certificate6 months (if full time)
Graduate diploma1 year (if full time)
Masters degree2 years (if full time)

If you study a degree in fine art through Open Universities Australia, you have the flexibility to choose how many subjects you take per term. This means you can complete your qualification at a faster or slower pace than you would on campus.   

What jobs can you get with a fine art degree?

Jobs you can get with a fine art degree can be as varied as the type of art you choose to create, and stretch well beyond being an artist.

Graduates often establish a career in these roles:

You can also find opportunities in other cultural fields like tourism, arts journalism, architecture and public relations.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.

Chat with us to find out more.

How do I enrol?

Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.

When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.

Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.

Please note that enquiries and applications for some courses are handled directly by the university. If this is the case, it will be indicated on the course listing page.  

For more information about enrolment, read our online self-service enrolling instructions. If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.

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