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Master of Visual Arts

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

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

Program Requirements

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


6 units from completion of ARTV8821 Points of View: Independent Creative Art and Media Practice


A minimum 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project

ARTV8039 Practice-led Research Major Project

ARTV8040 Practice-led Research Extended Project


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARTH6050 Photography and Art

ARTH6057 The Art and Politics of Collecting

ARTH6082 Art, War and Conflict

ARTV6007 Contemporary Australian Art

ARTV6008 Cyberculture

ARTV6030 Theories of the Object

ARTV6103 Memory

ARTV6104 Renaissance and Baroque Art

ARTV6806 Cartographies: Art Exploration and Knowledge

ARTV6807 City Sites: Studies in Art and Urbanity

ARTV6808 Issues in Contemporary Craft and Design

ARTV8107 Arguing Objects

ARTV8207 Writing About Art and Creative Practice


A maximum 42 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARTV6000 Animation

ARTV6003 Video Art

ARTV6006 Photography

ARTV6100 Typography: Textual use in Visual Arts

ARTV6801 Sculpture: Bricolage Through Collecting, Collating and Construction with Found Materials

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

ARTV6921 Environment Studio 1

ARTV8054 Research

ARTV8300 Visual Arts Studio Masterclass

DESA6017 Multiples and Production: The Unique Offering


24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


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

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, Fine Arts, Visual Anthropology, Visual Arts.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

A Master of Visual Arts is the opportunity you have dreamed of – to focus on developing your skills as an artist or professional in the arts sector.

Through individual studio practice, core theory, master classes, field studies, research projects, and courses across ANU, you will extend your creative, technical and analytical skills under the supervision of our expert staff.

Study is available in a variety of workshops including art theory, ceramics, furniture, glass, gold and silversmithing, printmedia and drawing, painting, photography and media arts, sculpture, and textiles.

As a visual arts student at ANU, you will find the nation’s premier cultural institutions - as well as the thriving local art scene - at your doorstep.

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 have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. develop practice-led methodologies through Investigation, analysis and synthesis of complex information to plan and execute substantial creative research projects;
  2. generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level using cognitive, technical and creative skills and relate them to their own creative works and to recent developments in the field;
  3. critically reflect upon and evaluate theoretical, conceptual and aesthetic aspects of creative practice, and apply it in the production of creative works that contribute to new situations in professional practice and to scholarship;
  4. design and develop creative works that communicate theoretical, aesthetic, conceptual and imaginative propositions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

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:

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.
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