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Information relevant to 2003 – Course Details

Master of Fine Art and Design

Abbreviation: MFAD

Course code: F7D

Course contact (faculty or school) (03) 6324 4400

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Master of Fine Art and Design – Course Specifications

Introductory comments

The Master of Fine Art and Design is offered on a full fee-paying basis only.

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.

Admission & prerequisites

To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate, during an interview process, the potential to undertake the MFAD.

Normally applicants should have a degree or degree-equivalent qualifications in Fine Art, Design, or in an accepted cognate discipline.

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 status. Normally, students who have graduated in the Graduate Diploma or Honours degree may, at the discretion of the Faculty, be awarded credit of up to one-third of the course or credit of up to one-third may be given, at the discretion of the Faculty, for achievements by candidates in other awards and professional practice areas.

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.

Students enrolling at the School of Art at Hobart may undertake projects in drawing, e-media, furniture design, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. Students enrolling at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Launceston may undertake projects in art theory, ceramics, painting, printmedia, sculpture or textiles.

Career outcomes

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

Course structure

Students have the option of undertaking a straight coursework program over a full calendar year (semesters 3, 1 and 2) or may include a research component in the third semester. Students completing the coursework program must complete a professional practice project, or a series of projects over a three-semester period. Students enrolling in the research component must complete a professional practice project or a series of projects over a two-semester period and then a dissertation by exhibition and documentation or an 8,000 word thesis. All projects and dissertations undertaken must be approved by the Postgraduate Awards Committee.

Students may complete the three-semester course over a twelve-month period by completing the third unit in the program by summer school, or evening or weekend study programs at the approval of the School.

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

Note: The following information is NOT included in the printed edition of the Course and Unit Handbook

Additional Information

The following information answers some frequently asked questions.
Note, however, details should be confirmed with the appropriate authority

Responsible faculty or school | Faculty of Arts

Campus(es) offered | Hobart | Launceston

Mode of delivery | Full time | Part time

Course duration | 1 years minimum (3 semesters) | 3 years maximum (6 semesters)

Approximate student-staff contact hours | 2-hr critique/consultation, 20 hrs studio practice under general supervision weekly


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