Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design

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.

Further studies

The Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design prepares students for Higher Degree Research in Art and Design – Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students wishing to pursue a research project during the Masters program may apply for transfer to the Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design (Advanced), subject to a GPA of 6.0/7.0 in the first year of the program.

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Updated:  9 November 2020/Responsible Officer:  CASS Marketing & Communications/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications