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Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design

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

MCPAD
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Creative Arts not elsewhere cl
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Creative Arts not elsewhere cl
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Masters of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following introductory component:

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

ARTH6004 City Sites: studies in art, design and urbanity

ARTH6043 After the Bauhaus: Design from the Interwar Period to the Age of Climate Crisis

ARTH6044 Art and Its Context: Materials Techniques Display

ARTH6050 Photography and Art

ARTH6050 Art of the Modern Print

ARTH6056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation

ARTH6059 Art of Asia: Histories and Traditions

ARTH6061 Postmodern and the Contemporary: World Art, 1970 to the Present

ARTH6080 Art and Visual Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1815

ARTH6082 Art, War and Conflict

ARTH6097 Victorian and Edwardian Art: Australia and Europe 1837-1914

ARTH6161 Contemporary Australian Art

ARTH6162 Art in the Digital Age

ARTH6164 Theories of the Object

ARTH6167 Issues in Contemporary Craft and Design

ARTH6168 Renaissance and Baroque Art

ARTH6169 Introducing Asian Modernisms

ARTH6170 Contemporary Asian Art

ARTH6173 Art and the Moving Image

ARTH6174 Art, Medicine, Gender from the Renaissance until Today

ARTH6175 Across the Pacific: Australian Interactions with American Art and Art-Worlds

ARTH6598 Australian First Nations Art and Culture

HIST6233 How the Camera Changed History: A century of photography and cinema

 

18 units from completion of foundational studio and design courses from the following list:

ARTV6020 Figure and Life

ARTV6027 Professional Practice: Economies and Ecologies in the Australian Cultural Sector

ARTV6032 Demonstrating research methods for a studio practice in art & design

ARTV6057 Hands On: Material Language

ARTV6059 Immersive Media

ARTV6508 Painting: Materiality and Meaning

ARTV6601 Hyperanalogue: the alchemy of darkroom photography

ARTV6610 PhotoVideo: Interrogating the Camera

ARTV6612 Video Art: Editing and Montage

ARTV6613 Foundations of Animation

ARTV6614 Post-Digital Photography: bending the image

ARTV6703 Drawing into Print: Etching and Relief

ARTV6704 Drawing into Print: Screen Printing and Stencils

ARTV6823 Supports: concept & material

ARTV6824 Place, Time and Wood

ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project

DESN6001 Digital Form and Fabrication

DESN6002 Foundations of Creative Code

DESN6006 Front-End Web: Crafting Online Experience

DESN6012 The Ethics of Making: Design for Reuse and Repair

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

ARTV6020 Figure & Life

ARTV6027 Professional Practice: Economies and Ecologies in the Australian Cultural Sector

ARTV6032 Demonstrating research methods for a studio practice in art & design

ARTV6057 Hands On: Material Language

ARTV6059 Immersive Media

ARTV6060 Contexts of Making: Globalisation and Change

ARTV6061 Contexts of Making: Materiality and Value

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

ARTV6601 Hyperanalogue: the alchemy of darkroom photography

ARTV6605 The Photographic Document: Materiality and Form

ARTV6607 Photomedia: Large Format Photography

ARTV6608 Photomedia: Experimental Processes

ARTV6610 PhotoVideo: Interrogating the Camera

ARTV6611 Constructing Worlds: Expanded Studio Practice

ARTV6612 Video Art: Editing and Montage

ARTV6613 Foundations of Animation

ARTV6614 Post-Digital Photography: bending the image

ARTV6703 Drawing into Print: Etching and Relief

ARTV6704 Drawing into Print: Screen Printing and Stencils

ARTV6717 Printmedia and Drawing: The Book as Art

ARTV6810 Politics of Bodies: Sculpture, Figure Modelling, Performance and Choreography

ARTV6811 Socially Engaged Art Practice: Authorship, Dialogue and Community

ARTV6820 Politics of Spaces: Installation, Sculpture and Spatial Practice

ARTV6821 Posthuman Sculpture Practice with Active Materials: Bronze Casting, 3D Modelling and Bio Art

ARTV6822 Politics of Memory: Video Installation, Sculpture, Documentary and Monuments

ARTV6823 Supports: concept & material

ARTV6824 Place, Time and Wood

ARTV6830 Automation and Autonomy

ARTV6921 Environment Studio: field based research and studio practice in visual arts

ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project

ARTV8039 Practice-led Research Project - Major

ARTV8040 Practice-led Research Project - Extended

COMP6720 Art and Interaction in New Media

DESN6001 Digital Form and Fabrication

DESN6002 Foundations of Creative Code

DESN6003 Creative Data Visualisation: Representing Data in Visual and Material Form

DESN6004 Dynamic Design and Generative Systems

DESN6006 Front-End Web: Crafting Online Experience

DESN6010 Design Practice: Engagement, Internship and Entrepreneurship

DESN6012 The Ethics of Making: Design for Reuse and Repair

MGMT7161 New Venture Creation

MUSC8018 Exhibition Design and Delivery

 

24 units from completion of the following research component:

12 units from completion of research training course from the following list:

ARTH8022 Points of View: Independent Creative Art and Media Practice

ARTH8020 Arguing Objects

ARTH8021 Writing About Art and Creative Practice

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

ARTV8039 Practice-led Research Project - Major

24 units from 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 Project - Major

ARTV8040 Practice-led Research Project - Extended


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.

Capstone Courses

[ARTV8039]

Hurdle Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the first 96 units attempted to commence the 24 units of Masters courses in their Bachelor degree. Students who do not achieve this GPA will be able to complete and graduate from their Bachelor degree but will not be able to undertake Masters courses.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 96 in the same teaching period in which the 96th unit is attempted, all courses attempted will be used in the calculation of the GPA.

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

 

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

Entry into the Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design requires completion of an interview, and successful assessment of a portfolio of works and other supporting material.

Once an application has been lodged, applicants are required to register for an interview and upload a portfolio on the ANU School of Art & Design website at: http://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/students/apply/postgraduate-coursework-applications

 

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

 

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission

 

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

 

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

 

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate Disciplines

Animation, Architecture, Art History, Art Theory, Communication Design, Curatorship, Design, Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Fine Arts, Game Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Information Technology, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Media Arts, Museum Studies, Science Communication, Visual Anthropology, Visual Arts, Visual Communication, Web Design.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$25,410.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$39,090.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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.

The Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design is aimed at artists and designers who want to develop a more ambitious, independent creative practice, learn new skills and incorporate research methodologies. The program extends a student’s practical, theoretical and conceptual knowledge in order to develop a deeper understanding of contemporary practices in context of how artists and designers work in a range of disciplines. Contemporary artists and designers respond to the challenges and questions that arise in an increasingly global and technologically advanced world. Their approaches are diverse, combining materials, methods and subjects that extend their chosen field of practice. Artists and designers today increasingly problem solve, collaborate with a variety of partners, and think and work outside of the traditional boundaries that distinguish a creative practice.


This graduate program is unique as it supports hands on learning development in workshop, studio and digital environments by progressing students through a range of courses and individual practice-led research opportunities. Students are encouraged to undertake a range of approaches to contemporary practice, including focusing on specialist knowledge of materials and skills, testing new conceptual methodologies, and/or solving problems through cross-disciplinary or hybrid experiences. Studio disciplines supported by the program include Design, Jewellery and Object, Textiles, Furniture, Sculpture and Spatial Practice, Painting, Photography and Media Arts, Ceramics, Glass, and Print media and Drawing. Students are supported with writing by the Centre for Art History and Art Theory, benefiting directly from the research environment found within the School of Art and Design.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2021

Employment Opportunities

The School of Art and Design is a major stakeholder in Australia’s national contemporary art sector. Students will have the opportunity to develop their professional practice by broadening their networks and building new audiences. Graduates will add new achievements to their resumes, and be able to clearly articulate their work and ideas through discussion and written text. Students may be ready to apply to higher level degrees, such as the Masters (Advanced).


Students will complete this program with a more informed and developed awareness of their practice, its direction and how it is situated within the fields of contemporary art and design practice. Graduates participate competitively in the art and design sector in order to sustain and develop an independent practice or business, or work within the creative industry sector. They will graduate with new, distinctive bodies of work or designed products; be ready for exhibition or production; and be prepared for future opportunities, including applying to residencies, collaborations, grant applications and/or awards.


This program aligns with the Australian Government’s forecast that to meet the demands of a changing workforce it is important to maximise opportunities for students in the 21st Century. [i] The MCPAD offers a flexible list of courses that require problem solving, technical knowledge and digital skills, with a focus on originality and creative outcomes at a high level. This program will extend students’ practical, theoretical and conceptual knowledge in order to develop a deeper understanding of contemporary practices in context of how artists and designers work today. Students will graduate with the necessary creative qualifications and skills contributing to different value chains and knowledge exchange in a range of industries.


[i] PwC (2016) 21st Century Minds Accelerator Program. Accessed 27 November 2018; Deloitte (2018) Tech trends in 2018. Accessed 27 November 2018.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary art and design practices, including knowledge, concepts, skills, techniques and contexts relevant to their own practice;

  2. plan and execute independent practice-led research utilising methodologies that test and investigate substantial art or design projects at an advanced level;

  3. critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply theoretical, conceptual and aesthetic elements of creative practice in the production of creative works and/or professionally relevant projects; and

  4. communicate theoretical, aesthetic, conceptual and imaginative propositions to a range of audiences through independent practice-led research.

Further Information

Entry to the Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design requires completion of an interview and successful assessment of a portfolio of works and other supporting material including a CV/Resume; Statement of Purpose; Statement of Competency; and Image list. Before applying, applicants should consult the ANU School of Art ad Design website where the requirements are listed and supporting material submission information is detailed: http://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/students/apply/postgraduate-coursework-applications


Interested in completing a 24 unit independent research-led project? 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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