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Master of Visual Arts

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

MVA
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

The Master of Visual Arts program invites you to extend your creative practice as an artist or professional in the arts sector.

This highly flexible Coursework program gives you access to individual practice-led research courses, art history and theory, master classes, field studies, research projects, as well as elective courses from the School of Art & Design and the wider university. You can broaden your creative, technical and analytical skills under the supervision of our expert staff.

The advanced version of this program - Masters of Visual Arts (Advanced) - can be a pathway to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


Further Information

Entry to the Master of Visual Arts requires a successful assessment of a portfolio of works and other supporting material. Before applying, applicants should consult the ANU School of Art & Design website where the requirements are listed and supporting material submission information is detailed: http://soa.anu.edu.au/how-apply/postgraduate-coursework-applications

Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.

Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.
 

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

A Master of Visual Arts will advance your career as a practising artist, teacher, or administrator, or open up opportunities for working in museums, galleries, the public sector, and private enterprise.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Pose significant research problems relevant to the Visual Arts.
  2. Research, analyse and synthesise complex ideas and concepts using cognitive, technical and creative skills.
  3. Apply innovative practice-led methodologies that integrate specialised and advanced skills with the developed knowledge of the discipline.
  4. Communicate and present complex ideas and original works to specialist and non-specialist audiences using professional conventions.

Further Information

Entry to the Master of Visual Arts requires a successful assessment of a portfolio of works and other supporting material. Before applying, applicants should consult the ANU School of Art website where the requirements are listed and supporting material submission information is detailed: http://soa.anu.edu.au/how-apply/postgraduate-coursework-applications


Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.


Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7 and successful assessment of a portfolio of works. Additional application information

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.

Cognate disciplines

Architecture, Design, Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Visual Anthropology, Visual Arts.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$23,376.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$35,904.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Visual Arts requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following introductory component:

6 units from completion of a foundation theory course from the following list:

ARTH6004 City Sites: studies in art and urbanity
ARTH6043 Modernism and Postmodernism in Art and Design: 1850-2000
ARTH6044 Art and Its Context: Materials Techniques Display
ARTH6050 Photography and Art
ARTH6052 Art of the Modern Print
ARTH6056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation
ARTH6059 Art and Architecture of Asia: Continuity and Change
ARTH6061 Postmodern Sublime
ARTH6080 Art and Visual Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1815
ARTH6081 Art of the European Courts, 1500-1815
ARTH6082 Art, War and Conflict
ARTH6093 Post-Colonial Discourses in Australian Art
ARTH6097 Victorian and Edwardian Art: Australia and Europe 1837-1914
ARTH6598 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
ARTH6160 Cartographies: Art Exploration and Knowledge
ARTH6161 Contemporary Australian Art
ARTH6162 Cyberculture
ARTH6163 Memory
ARTH6164 Theories of the Object
ARTH6165Theories of the Image
ARTH6167 Issues in Contemporary Craft and Design
ARTH6168 Renaissance and Baroque Art
ARTH6169 Introducing Asian Modernisms
ARTH6171 Costume, Fashion and Visual Culture

18 units from completion of foundation studio courses from the following list:

ARTV6000 Animation
ARTV6057 Hands On: Material Language
ARTV6508 Painting: Materiality and Meaning
ARTV6801 Sculpture: Bricolage Through Collecting, Collating and Construction with Found Materials
ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project
ARTV8039 Practice-led Research Major Project

24 units from completion of studio courses on the following disciplinary courses list:

ARTV6003 Video Art
ARTV6006 Photography
ARTV6027 Professional Practices
ARTV6028 Professional Practices Internship
ARTV6100 Typography: Textual use in Visual Arts
ARTV6507 Painting: Open to Influence Studio Research
ARTV6508 Painting: Materiality and Meaning
ARTV6510 Painting: Critical Analysis and Reflection in the Studio
ARTV6802 Sculpture Advanced Construction through Fabrication
ARTV6803 Sculpture: Space and Negative to Positive Reproduction through mould making and surface replication
ARTV6804 Sculpture Replicating Through Casting and Finishing Bronze
ARTV6805 Sculpture Temporal Studies Making Time in Space: through chance and process approaches
ARTV6814 Sculpture: Advanced Methods Through Installation and Site Considerations
ARTV6921 Environment Studio 1
ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project
ARTV8039 Practice-led Research Major Project
ARTV8040 Practice-led Research Extended Project
ARTV8054 Research
ARTV8300 Visual Arts Studio Masterclass
DESA6017 Multiples and Production: The Unique Offering
DESN6001 Digital Form and Fabrication
DESN6005 Form and Fabrication in Context
DESN6006 Front-End Web: Crafting Online Experience

24 units from completion of the following research component:

6 units from completion of ARTH8022 Points of View: Independent Creative Art and Media Practice

6 units from completion of a research training course from the following list:

ARTH8020 Arguing Objects
ARTH8021 Writing About Art and Creative Practice

12 units from completion of research project courses from the following list:

ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project
ARTV8039 Practice-led Research Major Project

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

The following courses are repeatable for credit, up to a maximum of 36 units each, and if repeated must be repeated with a different topic each time. Each instance of a course may only be counted towards one list.

ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project
ARTV8039 Practice-led Research Major Project
ARTV8040 Practice-led Research Extended Project

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.
 

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARTV8821 12 units from “Minimum 12 units” list - 6 units from “Maximum 42 units” list OR 6 units from “Minimum 12 units” list
6 units from “12 units” list 18 units from “Minimum 12 units” list - -
Year 2 48 units 6 units from “12 units” list 18 units from “Minimum 12 units” list - -
ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
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