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Course Duration: Minimum
1 yrs, Maximum
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This course is offered on a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) basis to eligible domestic students. Student Contributions 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 'Student Contribution (HECS) Post 2009' as the fee type.
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The Master of Contemporary Arts is a professionally orientated course that facilitates technical and conceptual development through practice in contemporary arts. Specialisations include: Visual Arts, Theatre, Music, Digital Deisgn, Gallery Practices or a cross-disciplinary approach.
The Master of Contemporary Arts will offer a postgraduate professional practice award that directly relates to the specific contemporary workplace needs of the student.
Career outcomes for graduates of the Master of Contemporary Arts may include: theatre practitioner, musician, visual artist, multimedia practitioner, teacher, curator and arts administrator.
These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing thecourse in 2010. For students who commenced prior to 2012, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2009 should refer to the 2009 Handbook.
Admission & Prerequisites
Normally applicants should have a degree in Visual Arts, Theatre or Music or in an accepted cognate discipline. Applicants must demonstrate, during an interview/audition process, the potential to undertake the Master of Contemporary Arts.
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.
Non English speaking international students who make application to the MCA are required to have achieved an IELTS score of at least Band 6 with a minimum of 6.0 on all Bands, or a TOEFL score of 575 with a test of written English no less than 4.5. Either test score must be no more than 24 months old.
Articulation to/from Course
Students who have graduated with a BCA(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 MCA. Credit may be given, at the discretion of the Faculty, for achievements by candidates in other awards and professional practice areas at equivalent level.
Students who have passed appropriate units towards the Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Arts or Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Arts may apply to undertake the Master of Contemporary Arts with full credit.