Courses & Units

Master of Visual Communication F7T

Hobart

Introduction

This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type. International students please refer to International Services at www.utas.edu.au/international

Visual communication designers of the future will need to possess extensive expertise and a clear, incisive quality of thinking that will enable them to meet evolving cultural and social networks. As new technologies are continually developed, designers play a key role in their adoption, application and dissemination; there are no limits to the number of fields to which designers contribute. The course equips students with a range of core research and technical skills and adaptive creative approaches to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead in this rapidly evolving field.

For students who commenced prior to 2015, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2014 should refer to the 2014 Handbook.

Summary

Course Name Master of Visual Communication
Course Abbreviation MVC
Course Duration 1.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 4 Years
CRICOS code 056442M
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

Intake

Locations

Location Semesters
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2

Objectives

The aim of the Master of Visual Communication is to offer Graphic Designers a postgraduate professional practice award that directly relates to the contemporary workplace circumstances of the Design industry.

Career outcomes for graduates of the Master of Visual Communication include specialisations in graphic design, electronic/multimedia design, print media, packaging design, product design, computer games, advertising, illustration design, and aspects of film, television, music and theatre design.

The Master of Visual Communication program objectives are to:

  • Enhance students' Visual Communication knowledge and competency within a professional context;
  • Familiarise students with the professional Graphic Design/Visual Communication industry;
  • Refine and extend students' creative problem solving skills through projects directly related to industry;
  • Learn and practice correct occupational health and safety procedures applicable to sole owner/operator design businesses and group workplace environments;

Prerequisites

To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate the potential to successfully undertake the Master of Visual Communication.

Successful applicants will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in visual communication or visual art, or in a cognate discipline, with credit or above results in their final year of major.

A person, who possesses such other qualifications and professional experience deemed by the Faculty to provide an adequate preparation for study equivalent to that provided for by an undergraduate degree, may be admitted to the course.

Upon admission into the course students may apply for credit for previous study.

Supporting information is required with all applications as follows:

  • A study proposal

Please follow the proposal guidelines outlined below.

Your initial proposal forms the basis of your project, to be discussed and reworked in consultation with your supervisor early in the program.

  • A digital portfolio
  • Please provide up to 20 images of your recent work either as jpeg files no larger than 1MB each or send a web link to your visual work online.
  • Your curriculum vitae

Please focus on details of experience relevant to this application.

  • Educational qualifications

Please provide certified copies of your academic transcripts.

Your study proposal should be approximately 1,000words in length and include the following:

1).        A brief description of your project, outlining your intentions and proposed outcomes.

2).        An outline of the strategies you will employ in the development of your project.

In the case of studio-based projects, this should include the practical and / or technical steps required.

3).        A discussion of the significance of the project, explaining why this project is of interest to you in personal, social or artistic terms. Where relevant refer to previous projects that you have worked on.

4).        A summary of contextual references for your project. This may include other work in the field that is relevant to your project in terms of idea, theme, style, method or technique.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students who have graduated with a BFA(Hons) award at this University may, at the discretion of the Faculty, be awarded up to 50% (equal to one-third of the total award) towards the MVC. Credit may be given, at the discretion of the Faculty, for achievements by students in other awards and professional practice areas at equivalent level.

Students who have passed appropriate units towards the Master of Fine Art and Design, will be entitled to transfer to the Master of Visual Communication with full equivalent credit.

These rules are only for students commencing in the Handbook year. Students who commenced prior, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2014 should refer to the 2014 Handbook.

Typically the MVC program would be configured as a three-semester study program presented as an integrated submission at the end of the course. Alternatively, the program may comprise three discrete semester projects each having its own aims, objectives and content.

Full-time students undertake 2 x 25% units per semester over 3 semesters from the following: Professional Practices 1A (FSA779) and 1B (FSA781), Professional Practices 2A (FSA782) and 2B (FSA783) and Professional Professional Practices 3A (FSA784) and 3B (FSA785) Professional Placement 1A (FSA708) and 1B(FSA709) or Postgraduate Complementary Project 1A (FSA710) and 1B  (FSA711)..

Part-time students undertake 1 x 25% units per semester over 6 semesters from the following: Professional Practices 1A (FSA779) and 1B (FSA781), Professional Practices 2A (FSA782) and 2B (FSA783) and Professional Professional Practices 3A (FSA784) and 3B (FSA785) Professional Placement 1A (FSA708) and 1B(FSA709) or Postgraduate Complementary Project 1A (FSA710) and 1B  (FSA711)..

Students are also given the option of enrolling in an approved postgraduate coursework units from another School with a total weight of 50%.

Course Structure

Schedule

  • Full-time students choose 150% of the following units
  • FSA750Professional Practices 1

    Professional Practices aims to facilitate students' creative capacity and skills development to enable them to produce professional art, design, theoretical or curatorial work through the development and realisation of one or more self-directed projects. Projects are supervised by academic staff…

    Credit Points: 50

    Availability

    View all details for FSA750 Professional Practices 1

  • FSA751Professional Practices 2

    Consists of a self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 1, and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and the coursework postgraduate coordinator. Projects are supervised by academic staff from one…

    Credit Points: 50

    Availability

    View all details for FSA751 Professional Practices 2

  • FSA752Professional Practices 3

    Consists of a self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 2, or on completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (Professional), and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and…

    Credit Points: 50

    Availability

    View all details for FSA752 Professional Practices 3

  • FSA702Professional Placement

    Consists of a professional placement in a Graphic Design, Multi-media Design, Digital Design or Visual Arts related business or enterprise that results in a project or projects complemented with appropriate documentation. The proposed professional placement and the projects are agreed…

    Credit Points: 50

    Availability

    View all details for FSA702 Professional Placement

  • Students may combine 2 of the units (25%) below with one of the part-time Professional Practice/Placement units from the part-time schedule below
  • FSA411Studio Project Design

    In this unit you will develop a visual diary or journal and a proposal and work-plan for the pursuit of a line of speculative, self-directed work in the field of contemporary art or design which will be pursued in the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA411 Studio Project Design

  • FSA412Contemporary Visual Theory

    The aim of this unit is to develop your skills in critical analysis and argument in relation to current theoretical debates and methodologies in the visual arts that are relevant to your research concerns. In consultation with your Honours supervisor,…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA412 Contemporary Visual Theory

  • FSA413Defining the Field

    The aim of the unit is to enable you to acquaint yourself with current theoretical writings relating to your field of investigation and to identify the key visual arts practitioners and works of art and/or design that are relevant to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA413 Defining the Field

  • FSA705Postgraduate Complementary Project

    The Postgraduate Complementary Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake investigative study in a specialised area that complements their study program. Students can choose a topic for special investigation that may be either practical or curatorial in nature. Complementary…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA705 Postgraduate Complementary Project

  • FSA706Postgraduate Complementary Project A

    The Postgraduate Complementary Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake investigative study in a specialised area that complements their study program. Students can choose a topic for special investigation that may be either practical or curatorial in nature. Complementary…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA706 Postgraduate Complementary Project A

  • FSA707Postgraduate Complementary Project B

    The Postgraduate Complementary Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake investigative study in a specialised area that complements their study program. Students can choose a topic for special investigation that may be either practical or curatorial in nature. Complementary…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA707 Postgraduate Complementary Project B

  • Part-time students choose 150% of the following units
  • FSA771Professional Practices 1A

    Professional Practices aims to facilitate students' creative capacity and skills development to enable them to produce professional art, design, theoretical or curatorial work through the development and realisation of one or more self-directed projects. Projects are supervised by academic staff…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA771 Professional Practices 1A

  • and
  • FSA772Professional Practices 1B

    Professional Practices aims to facilitate students' creative capacity and skills development to enable them to produce professional art, design, theoretical or curatorial work through the development and realisation of one or more self-directed projects. Projects are supervised by academic staff…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA772 Professional Practices 1B

  • FSA773Professional Practices 2A

    Consists of a self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 1, and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and the coursework postgraduate coordinator. Projects are supervised by academic staff from one…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA773 Professional Practices 2A

  • and
  • FSA774Professional Practices 2B

    Consists of a self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 1, and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and the coursework postgraduate coordinator. Projects are supervised by academic staff from one…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA774 Professional Practices 2B

  • and
  • FSA775Professional Practices 3A

    Consists of a self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 2, or on completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (Professional), and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA775 Professional Practices 3A

  • FSA776Professional Practices 3B

    Consists of a self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 2, or on completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (Professional), and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA776 Professional Practices 3B

  • FSA703Professional Placement A

    Consists of a professional placement in a Graphic Design, Multi-media Design, Digital Design or arts related business or enterprise that results in a project or projects complemented with appropriate documentation. The proposed professional placement and the projects are agreed upon…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA703 Professional Placement A

  • and
  • FSA704Professional Placement B

    Consists of a professional placement in a Graphic Design, Multi-media Design, Digital Design or arts related business or enterprise that results in a project or projects complemented with appropriate documentation. The proposed professional placement and the projects are agreed upon…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA704 Professional Placement B

  • Students may combine 2 of the units (25%) below with one of the part-time professional practice/Placement units from the part-time schedule above
  • FSA411Studio Project Design

    In this unit you will develop a visual diary or journal and a proposal and work-plan for the pursuit of a line of speculative, self-directed work in the field of contemporary art or design which will be pursued in the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA411 Studio Project Design

  • FSA412Contemporary Visual Theory

    The aim of this unit is to develop your skills in critical analysis and argument in relation to current theoretical debates and methodologies in the visual arts that are relevant to your research concerns. In consultation with your Honours supervisor,…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA412 Contemporary Visual Theory

  • FSA413Defining the Field

    The aim of the unit is to enable you to acquaint yourself with current theoretical writings relating to your field of investigation and to identify the key visual arts practitioners and works of art and/or design that are relevant to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA413 Defining the Field

  • FSA705Postgraduate Complementary Project

    The Postgraduate Complementary Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake investigative study in a specialised area that complements their study program. Students can choose a topic for special investigation that may be either practical or curatorial in nature. Complementary…

    Credit Points: 25

    Availability

    View all details for FSA705 Postgraduate Complementary Project

  • FSA706Postgraduate Complementary Project A

    The Postgraduate Complementary Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake investigative study in a specialised area that complements their study program. Students can choose a topic for special investigation that may be either practical or curatorial in nature. Complementary…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA706 Postgraduate Complementary Project A

  • FSA707Postgraduate Complementary Project B

    The Postgraduate Complementary Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake investigative study in a specialised area that complements their study program. Students can choose a topic for special investigation that may be either practical or curatorial in nature. Complementary…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for FSA707 Postgraduate Complementary Project B

  • Annual Course Cost

    Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

    Course Rules


    Entry

    1 [i] In these Specifications 'Faculty'- means the Faculty of Arts.

    [ii] The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the award of Master of Visual Communication any of the following:

    (a) an applicant who has qualified for admission to a Bachelor of Visual Communication or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or in an equivalent cognate discipline in the University of Tasmania;

    (b) an applicant who holds a degree of another university or tertiary institution approved by the Faculty for this purpose, and who is deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent to a candidate in paragraph (a);

    (c) an applicant who has completed the Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication;

    (d) a person who possesses such other qualifications and professional experience deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily.

    2 Candidates for the award shall complete the requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three semesters of full-time study and not more than three years, from the time of first enrolment.

    Course Structure

    3 To qualify for the award, the candidate shall successfully complete units totalling 150%, taken from the accompanying Schedule.

    4 The units which may be included in a course for the award shall, unless otherwise approved by the dean, be in accordance with the Schedule of Units accompanying these specifications.

    5 Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Arts and as summarised in the Schedule of Units accompanying these specifications.

    6 Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

    7 A candidate may enrol in up to 150% in one calendar year subject to approval.

    8 In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

    Credit for previous studies

    9 Passes in subjects or units by candidates towards incomplete honours or postgraduate coursework studies in another course (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate shall be required to do to qualify for the award.

    Miscellaneous

    10 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

    11 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2009 and shall apply to all candidates for the award, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently. Students currently enrolled in the MVC will complete under the Specifications in force at the time of their first enrolment or transfer to the new Specifications providing that the Faculty ensures that no student shall be disadvantaged by the change.

    12 The approved abbreviation for the award/degree of Master of Visual Communication shall be MVC.