Applied Design and Art
Masters by Coursework
- Master of Applied Design and Art
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 2 years full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Reach a higher level of expertise in your chosen discipline of design and art.
Present your work in industry-based competitions and events.
Get the Curtin edge
Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.
Top 1 %
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).
Curtin’s contemporary art and design courses will help you reach a higher level of expertise, through a combination of theory and project-based units.
Our flexible design and art postgraduate courses suit applicants with qualifications in design and art, as well as those with knowledge and expertise in other disciplines.
We offer a Graduate Certificate in Design and Art and a Master of Applied Design and Art. Because the first four units are common to both courses, you can enrol in the master degree and choose to exit at the graduate certificate level.
These courses can be tailored to suit your career goals and interests in areas such as:
- animation and game design
- creative advertising
- design and art theory
- illustration design
- graphic design
- digital design
- fine art
Students who complete the master degree to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- You will be given the opportunity to refine your specialisation by collaborating with students in disciplines such as art, film & TV, multimedia, Internet studies and interior architecture.
- The quality of practical industry skills you will gain are recognised by professional associations such as the Design Institute of Australia.
- You will be encouraged to present your work through participation in industry-based competitions and events.
Professional recognition is dependent upon your area of specialisation. You may be recognised by professional associations such as the National Association for the Visual Arts and the Design Institute of Australia. You may also be eligible for membership in the following organisations:
- Australian Graphic Design Association
- Perth Advertising and Design Club
- The Design Management Institute
- Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
- Artsource: the Artists Foundation of Western Australia
- FORM (formerly CraftsWest).
The future of design and art
Technology and multidisciplinary collaboration will increasingly impact design and artistic practice. While traditional careers will remain relevant, there will be demand for artists and designers across all media to work with scientists, engineers and medical experts to create immersive virtual realities for knowledge dissemination and artistic exploration.
- Architecture and interior design
- Entertainment and gaming
- Film and television
- Creative arts
- Media, communications and publishing
- Advertising and marketing
What you'll learn
- apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and responsibility in complex and unpredictable contexts that require self directed work and learning
- apply cognitive skills using intellectual independence to think critically, creatively and to reflect on professional theory and practice
- communicate textually, visually and verbally in a way that is appropriate to creative practice and target audiences, using appropriate technologies that demonstrate the application of comprehensive technical methodologies
- take responsibility for professional and scholarly outputs in all aspects of the work, while thinking globally and considering issues from a range of perspectives. Know and apply when appropriate, international standards and practices within Design and Art disciplines
- respect individual human rights; recognise the importance and benefits of cultural diversity to Design and Art practice, particularly the perspective of Indigenous Australians; value diversity of language
- apply professional standards; work independently and collaboratively; demonstrate authoritative judgement, responsibility and ethical action as a leading practitioner in the disciplines
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|
Other requirements and notes for this course
This course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.
Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
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
International student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Indicative essential incidental course fee||$500*|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$14,500*|
|Total indicative course fee||$58,000*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$29,000*|
Fees are indicative only.
*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
Semester 1 and Semester 2
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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.
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- Curtin course code: MC-DESART
- CRICOS code: 084803C
- Last updated on: April 3, 2020