Master of Visual Arts

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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 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.

Before applying, applicants should consult the School of Art and Design website where the requirements are listed and supporting material submission information is detailed. Please see

Flexible double masters

The Flexible Double Master Degree provides enormous flexibility through being able to combine any two degrees available in the program for which the entry requirements are met and, by cross counting of electives, completing two degrees in one year less than completing the degrees separately. For students who are eligible for credit for previous degrees or work experience, the double degree may require as little as two years.

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.

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.
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