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Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design

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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.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2020

Career options

Graduates participate competitively in the art and design sector in order to sustain and develop an independent practice or business, or work within the creative industry sector.

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Updated:  13 April 2021/Responsible Officer:  CASS Marketing & Communications/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications