The Tasmanian School of Art offers two postgraduate study options: 'Postgraduate Coursework Courses' and 'Research Higher Degrees'.
Graduate Certificate in Fine Art and Design (Specialisation)
Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design (Specialisation)
Master of Fine Art and Design (Specialisation)
Graduate Certificate in Visual Communication
Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication
Master of Visual Communication
Applicants are advised to discuss their proposed project with the Postgraduate Courswork Coordinator at the School of Art, Anne MacDonald, prior to formal application.
UTAS was the first to offer studio-based art PhDs and Masters degrees by research and has a reputation as one of the premier research training institutions; for the 2003-08 period completions have totalled 47.3 PhD and 53 Masters. The strong HDR culture attracts significant scholarship support and high-quality national and international candidates, guided by regular supervisor contact, research methods training, weekly critiques and twice-yearly research symposia. Candidates receive financial assistance through a competitive biannual small grant scheme, a competitive UTAS Conference Fund, an annual research allowance and are provided with individual studios/work rooms. Candidate research and collaborations with supervisors add significantly to research capacity and discipline knowledge.
Candidates in the MFA and PhD programs can realize a speculative research Thesis by Exhibition and Exegesis or by written Thesis. Candidates are normally required to take up local residency and to work at the Centre for the Arts. To assist in this obligation, current full time students are provided with their own lock-up studio/workspace and 24 hour access to the Centre. Students are also required to attend scheduled Graduate Forums and Seminars, and contribute as members of the School’s Research Community.
All candidates are required to develop a detailed Research Plan within the first six months of the program, and undertake a Confirmation process within the first twelve months, requiring an oral and written presentation, plus part completion of the Graduate Certificate in Research Management.
Prior to submission for examination, there is a formal Permission to Sit procedure.
Submission exhibitions are normally presented in the School’s Plimsoll Gallery. Normally two supervisors are appointed to each candidate, and have a special responsibility for the candidate’s course of study. Candidates are encouraged to have input to the selection of appropriate supervisors.
Detailed information on the programs is available in the School’s Information Booklet for Graduate Research Candidates.
Application Forms and information on available Scholarships are available on the University’s Graduate Research webpage.
All applicants should also provide a brief outline of the research project they wish to undertake, its central ideas and the method of investigation (500 word max.), and evidence of your recent work. The normal prerequisite for a research higher degree is an Honours degree in the same discipline. If applicants wish to be considered for equivalence, they should provide evidence of research training and experience.
Applicants are advised to discuss their proposed project and prospective supervisors with the Graduate Research Coordinator at the School of Art, Paul Zika, prior to formal application.
“...Art School is a home away from home for me and I treat my studies very much like going to work, arriving early and leaving late. Being a post-grad student gives you a 24/7 access, which is great if you want to use a specific type of equipment. The lecturers and technical staff are very supportive the studio facilities are second to none and I marvel at the fantastic water and mountain views from the post-grad room...”
Bert Aperloo, MFAD
Authorised by the Head of School, Tasmanian College of the Arts
23 August, 2012