single degree

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
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Visual Arts and Crafts
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Visual Arts and Crafts
  • Academic contact

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

ARTH6160 Cartographies: Art Exploration and Knowledge

ARTH6161 Contemporary Australian Art

ARTH6162 Cyberculture

ARTH6163 Memory

ARTH6164 Theories of the Object

ARTH6165 Theories 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

ARTH6598 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

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

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

ARTV6000 Animation

ARTV6003 Video Art

ARTV8038 Practice-led Research Project

ARTV6057 Hands On: Material Language

ARTV6508 Painting: Materiality and Meaning

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

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

COMP6720 Art and Interaction in New Media

DESA6017 Multiples and Production: The Unique Offering

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

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 Foundation Theory Course 6 units Foundation Studio Course 6 units Foundation Studio Course 6 units Foundation Studio Course 6 units
Research Training Course 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units ARTH8022 Points of View: Independent Creative Art and Media Practice 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units Research Project Course 6 units Research Project Course 6 units
ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units

Admission Requirements

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 and successful assessment of a portfolio of works.


Cognate disciplines

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


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.


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

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$38,304.00

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.

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).

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

  1.    develop practice-led methodologies through investigation, analysis and synthesis of complex information to plan and execute substantial studio and/or screen-based 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 and/or professionally relevant projects.
  4.     design and develop creative works, either individually or in collaboration, that communicate theoretical, aesthetic, conceptual and imaginative propositions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

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://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/students/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.

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