Master of Visual Arts

The Master of Visual Arts is a highly flexible program which gives you access to individual practice-led research courses, art history and theory, master classes, field studies, research projects, as well as elective courses from the School of Art and Design (SOA&D) and the wider university.

Students wishing to pursue a research project in greater depth have the opportunity to apply for the Master of Visual Arts (Advanced).

As a visual arts student at ANU, you will find the nation’s premier cultural institutions as well as the thriving local art scene at your doorstep. SOA&D students are able to take advantage of the close proximity of ANU to the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and Canberra Museum and Gallery. Students have classes in these institutions and are regularly able to visit world-class exhibitions.

The SOA&D has excellent connections to the wider community and the public are encouraged to visit the School’s gallery spaces. Visual Arts students have the opportunity to exhibit in these gallery spaces, giving them wide-spread exposure.

Postgraduate opportunities in the ANU School of Art

Further studies

Master of Visual Arts (Advanced)

In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification.

Admissions requirements

By transfer from the Master of Visual Arts, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree.

Career opportunities

A Master of Visual Arts will advance your career as a practising artist, teacher, or administrator, or open up opportunities for working in museums, galleries, the public sector, and private enterprise. It also prepares you for further study.

Professional outcomes

The Master of Visual Arts will allow you to focus on developing your skills as an artist or professional in the arts sector. Through this program you can broaden your creative, technical and analytical skills under the supervision of our expert staff.

Admission requirements

  1. A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7 and successful assessment of a portfolio of works and other supporting material for the Master of Visual Arts.
  2. A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6/7 and the approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis and with the successful assessment of a portfolio of works for the Master of Visual Arts (Advanced).
  3. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
  4. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.
  5. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.

 

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