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- Fine Art Major (MArts)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Enhance your understanding of fine art and address the aesthetic and social needs of society.
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The Fine Art major draws upon the diverse and complex traditions of fine art, and calls for a high degree of self-discipline, a capacity for self-criticism, and an awareness and dedication to the demands of being a professional artist.
In this course, you will focus on creating works that contribute to the artistic, aesthetic and social needs of contemporary society.
In your second year, you’ll undertake a major project and may have an opportunity to practice your skills and develop your portfolio through an internship with a professional organisation.
The Fine Art major is offered as part of the Master of Arts, a hands-on course with a strong practical and industry focus, to prepare you for a career in creative practice.
High-achieving students have the option to progress to doctoral level study.
Note: Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How to apply
This major sits within the the Master of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will need to apply for the Master of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
Applying as a postgraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.
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How this course will make you industry ready
We provide on-campus, industry and community-based initiatives to enhance your postgraduate experience and skills development. Students undertake a major project under the supervision of an experienced member of staff. This project becomes an important portfolio piece for many students.
Students may also practise their skills on placement with industry, arts and community organisations in Australia and overseas, developing confidence and engagement with relevant networks. They also have an opportunity to engage with award-winning artists, writers and researchers on staff and through our on-campus residency programs.
This course can help you become a:
Careers for artists span a wide range of employment fields, such as:
- Individual or collaborative arts or crafts practice
- Public art
- Graphic design
- Web design
- Museum design
- Community arts
- Arts administration at national, state, regional and commercial galleries.
What you'll learn
- understand the discipline of a selected field in the Arts, its theoretical underpinnings, ways of thinking and professional or creative approaches; understand and apply established knowledge, principles, and professional or creative practices in chosen aspects of the Arts
- apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of a subject or project and engage critically with the subject matter to respond creatively within a selected communication paradigm
- determine what information is needed and where it might be found using appropriate technologies; make valid judgements and synthesise information from a range of sources and apply best practice in developing a professional or creative work in response to a particular situation
- communicate appropriately with colleagues, professional and creative contacts and the general public and develop communication skills across one or more media forms appropriate to varying situations
- assess the application of existing technologies as well as the impact of emerging technologies on a selected communication or media discipline to create an effective professional or creative work; develop the technology skills necessary for obtaining, assessing and representing relevant information. Decide on appropriate applications and systems for professional and/or creative needs
- understand and apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity and develop a commitment to professional research, publication or performance to engage with emerging forms of theory and practice in the Arts
- think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives and apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to one’s professional or creative practice
- acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national, and global perspectives and the impact of these the Arts: recognise individual human rights, and appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when engaging with and representing issues pertaining to ethnic and community groups
- demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively to apply them in all aspects of creative practice and production-related activities
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
- Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
- Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Please view the Master of Arts degree for indicative fees.
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- Curtin course code: MJRP-FINAR
- Last updated on: December 4, 2019