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COURSE

Master of Applied Design and Art

MC-DESART

TAUGHT BY: School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

2years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

400

About offering

The Master of Applied Design and Art combines practical skills with theoretical knowledge to enhance your current undergraduate degree or chosen specialisation in art and design.

This course will help you reach a high level of expertise and qualification in contemporary design and art. You will develop creative and professional skills through studies in cross- and inter-disciplinary design and art practice.

In this course you will learn through discussion, reflection and the production of original and innovative solutions to studio-based or industry-related projects. You will be encouraged to develop your independent research skills, originality, creative leadership and awareness of the needs of contemporary society.

Through a combination of coursework and project-based units you will learn a range of skills and develop the depth of knowledge required to produce contemporary design and art solutions. The program is flexible and can be tailored to suit your individual interests and professional development.

This course is also suitable if you have knowledge and expertise from other disciplines, such as marketing, information technology, science, media and advertising, as well as those with formal qualifications in art and design.

You can choose to focus your studies on one of the following specialisations:

  • Animation and game design
  • Creative advertising or graphic design
  • Design and art theory
  • Digital design
  • Fashion
  • Fine art
  • Photography or illustration design.

If you complete the master degree to a high standard, you may be eligible to proceed onto doctoral-level studies.

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
  • locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant and reliable information sources related to Design and Art
  • communicate textually, visually and verbally in a way that is appropriate to creative practice and target audiences
  • use appropriate technologies that demonstrate the application of comprehensive technical methodologies
  • demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills by taking full responsibility for professional and scholarly outputs in all aspects of the work
  • think globally and consider 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

Why study Master of Applied Design and Art

  • 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

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:

Career information

You may find high-level employment across the arts, fashion and design industries.

Career opportunities

  • Art director
  • Art writer
  • Creative strategist
  • Curator
  • Fashion professional
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia designer
  • Photographer.

Potential employers

  • Advertising agencies
  • Design studios
  • Fashion studios
  • Government
  • Marketing organisations
  • Media organisations
  • Not-for-profit organisations.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

A bachelor degree or equivalent (and may require relevant work experience), a bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma.

You must meet university academic and English language entry standards. A bachelor degree or equivalent, and postgraduate qualifications, satisfy this requirement.

You may be required to submit a comprehensive portfolio of recent work.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Course prerequisites

Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

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.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$17,600*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $28,400*
Total indicative course fee $56,800*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $300 *

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

Where you can study

View the academic calendar for semester and trimester start dates.

Bentley Campus

On Campus and Online
Semester 1 and Semester 2

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How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-DESART
  • CRICOS code: 084803C
  • This offering was last updated on: September 25, 2018