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2013 Master of Fine Art and Design (Specialisation)(F7D)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 1.5 yrs, Maximum 4 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):


From Semester 2 2013, 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

The Master of Fine Art and Design is a professionally oriented course that facilitates technical and conceptual development through studio practice. Studio options include: Curatorial studies, Drawing, Electronic Media, Furniture Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Public Art and Visual Communication.

The Master of Fine Art and Design is a 3-semester full-time or equivalent half-time or equivalent summer school/evening study/weekend study program. Students may enrol for semester 1 or semester 2 entry.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the course in 2013. For students who commenced prior to 2013, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2012 should refer to the 2012 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate the potential to successfully undertake the Master of Fine Art and Design.

Successful applicants will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in visual art or visual communications, 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.
The following documentation is required of all candidates, regardless of prior experience:

Supporting information is required with all applications as follows:
- a folio of recent artwork (actual work or digital reproduction)
- a project proposal for which the school is able to provide supervision
This proposal should be in two parts:
Firstly give a brief background to your particular interests and ideas, focusing on your recent artwork. Secondly tell us what you propose doing, how you intend to do it, and why, in your preferred postgraduate coursework program. Give us a clear idea of what medium/media you intend to employ in the realisation of this project.
Your proposal should be not more than one A4 page. Your initial proposal forms the basis of your project, to be discussed and reworked in consultation with your supervisor early in the program.
- your curriculum vitae (including education and employment experience)
- certified copies of your educational qualifications (transcripts)

Course Objectives

The MFAD aims to provide a high quality recognised qualification at postgraduate level in a professional practice-oriented coursework program. The course provides a flexibly structured program with the capability of cross-disciplinary, cross-faculty and cross-campus study which allows students, in conjunction with the School, to design a course which best serves their professional needs. Students complete a professional practice project or a series of such projects agreed upon in consultation with the Postgraduate Awards Committee, with the option of undertaking a research component in the final semester. This course allows a great deal of flexibility for students and involves a substantial amount of independent study.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Fine Art and Design find employment in a variety of positions within the arts professions including studio practice, curatorial work, gallery administration, research and teaching, as well as participating in individual and group-generated projects and studio practice.

Articulation to/from Course

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 MFAD. 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 in Fine Art and Design, may be eligible to apply for entry into the Master of Fine Art and Design with full credit.

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