The Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design is an exciting new program at the ANU, and is a practice-focused, cross-disciplinary degree aimed at artists and designers who want to develop independent creative practice which incorporates research methodologies.
Situated within a collaborative community of high-achieving academics, technologists, artists and designers, the program extends students’ practical, theoretical and conceptual knowledge of contemporary practice, including a focus on specialist knowledge of materials and skills, emerging methodologies and problem-solving using cross-disciplinary or hybrid experiences.
The program facilitates hands-on learning in workshop, studio and digital environments, providing support for students’ creativity, as well as for critical and analytical thinking – connecting our graduates to the problem-solving processes and methodologies employed in the arts and design sectors. In an increasingly global and technologically-advanced world, our teaching encourages practices that are specialised, interdisciplinary and speculative, allowing for experiential learning outcomes that question the ideas and concepts underpinning a student’s own skill-set.
The Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design provides students with access to:
- Comprehensive workshops, studios, digital facilities and new technologies
- Highly flexible study programs with a range of exciting coursework
- Research-focused academic staff with high-profile art historical and art and design practices
- Interdisciplinary learning across studio disciplines and the wider ANU
- Recognition and commitment to the land, knowledge and cultures of the First Australian Peoples
- Strong networks within a vibrant community of practising artists, designers, curators and writers
- Proximity to national cultural institutions, policy makers and art and design organisations.
What will I study?
The program is built around hands-on learning development in workshop and studio environments, providing students with practice-led research opportunities across a wide range of disciplines:
- Ceramics, Design, Furniture, Glass, Jewellery and Object, Painting, Photography and Media Arts, Printmedia and Drawing, Sculpture and Spatial Practice and Textiles.
- Art History, Art Theory and Curatorial Studies
Our students graduate with the creative qualifications, technical knowledge, digital experience and problem-solving skills required to succeed in a broad range of industries.