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Fine Arts/Education (Secondary)


Study secondary teaching at UNSW

A teaching degree at UNSW will prepare you for a rewarding career as an education professional.

As a Bachelor of Education student, you will experience both the theoretical and practical aspects of education.

We place great importance on practical experience. Our innovative teaching programs include 80 days supervised professional experience in at least three different education settings.

Become a visual arts educator

The Bachelor of Fine Arts/Education (Secondary) will prepare you to take on the professional role of a visual arts educator in a rapidly evolving world.

As well as teaching fine arts, our graduates are prepared for opportunities in the broader creative community such as museums, galleries and community organisations.


Teaching specialisations

The Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a four-year dual degree program with teaching specialisations in:

  • Graphics and Multimedia Technology AND Visual Arts


  • Extension Visual Arts

Your degree plan

As a Fine Arts and Education student, you will complete the following courses as part of your undergraduate study program:

  • a major sequence in Education including core courses, electives and placements
  • a major sequence of Fine Arts courses
  • two studio specialisations from the following:
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Printmaking
    • Photography
    • Sculpture
    • Moving Image

*One of the streams selected must be a Fine Arts Studio option

Study streams

Fine Arts Studios

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture installation Performance
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Cross-Media Art

Design Studios

  • Graphics Media
  • Object Design
  • Spatial Design
  • Textiles
  • Jewellery
  • Ceramics

Media Arts Studios

  • Animation and Visual Effects
  • Video Sound Image
  • Cross-Media Arts


From the second year onwards of your Arts and Education program, you will develop skills in classroom competence and spend up to 80 days in supervised teaching in at least three different secondary school contexts.


Teaching high school in Australia and abroad

The Education program at UNSW prepares graduates to pursue a career in secondary school teaching in New South Wales, Australia and overseas.

Other career options include policy development and leadership within schools or supervisory, corporate training, customer relations and managerial roles in a variety of industries.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) also equips graduates with the transferable skills and insights that secure employment across the creative and cultural industries. Positions include;

  • Art direction, advertising and communications
  • Arts writing, publishing and criticism
  • Arts and cultural administration
  • Arts writing, publishing and criticism
  • Commercial photography and photojournalism
  • Curating and program management in festivals, museums, galleries and public spaces
  • Exhibition planning, design and installation
  • Entertainment, media and technology industries

Key classroom skills

Our teaching programs are practical and prepare you for a career as a professional educator.

We place great importance on:

  • enhancing your communication skills to ensure effective communication with your students
  • the practice of reflective teaching
  • continual improvement of your professional knowledge and practice
  • effective unit and lesson planning, and assessment and reporting design

Practical opportunities

Our Fine Arts and Education students develop skills in classroom competence and spend up to 80 days in supervised teaching in at least three different educational school contexts.


International exchange

As one of Australia’s most international universities, UNSW offers you the opportunity to spend a term overseas studying at one of our partner institutions as part of your Education degree.

UNSW manages a large and active exchange program with over 200 different student exchange opportunities in 38 countries.


Education students who meet the academic requirements may elect to undertake an Honours program in either their fourth or fifth year of study.

The Honours program may be undertaken in either Education or your teaching discipline.

Additional requirements

  • Student undertaking a major or extended minor in a language other than English as a first or second teaching specialisation may be asked to take an additional assessment of their language skills before being permitted to enrol in their specific language teaching specialisation (i.e., method). This is to ensure they have the necessary language competence, including in both spoken and written language, to teach the target language to HSC level in NSW schools.

Prior to their first school placement, all NSW teacher education students will be required to:

  • Undertake and pass The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). For further details please visit the NESA website.

Tests are available through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website. To book the test, click here.

  • Undertake a Working with Children check

The Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 introduced mandatory requirements for background checking of people working with children. All Teacher Education Students must complete a Volunteer Working with Children Check having listened to a child protection lecture online and successfully completed a quiz.

Complete this check by going online:

  • Complete Anaphylaxis training

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Department of Education (DEC) now require that all initial Teacher Education Students have training in managing anaphylaxis. Students must complete the anaphylaxis e-training module provided by the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) in conjunction with practice using an adrenaline autoinjector training device.
The e-training is a free, online module available at

  • Confirm that they are fit for their school placement and meet the inherent requirements of a teacher education student. This is to be filled out prior to EVERY placement through the online placement system (OPS)

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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80 (2019 Lowest Selection Rank) / 80 (2020 Guaranteed Entry)
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