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Applied Design and Art

Masters by Coursework


Master of Applied Design and Art
2 years full-time


Reach a higher level of expertise in your chosen discipline of design and art.

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

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
  • fashion
  • fine art
  • photography.

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.

Why study

  • 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

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
  • Fashion
  • 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

Admission criteria

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants applying for enrolment in semester one require a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution. Applicants with a Bachelor degree, or equivalent, or a Graduate Certificate, from a recognised tertiary institution in the field of art and/or design are advised to apply for semester two enrolment with credit for recognised learning (CRL).

Applicants without a Bachelor degree may be considered for entry on the basis of substantial industry/work experience in the field of art and/or design and are required to submit a folio of recent work, CV and project proposal with their application.

A portfolio should include approximately 5 to 10 samples of work that showcase your skills in art and/or design (you may include work from a variety of disciplines such as illustration, photography, painting and graphic design, or just focus on one area of interest).

For further information about entry requirements, please contact the Course Coordinator.

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.

Advanced standing

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

CRL search

Fees & charges

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  • Curtin course code: MC-DESART
  • CRICOS code: 084803C
  • Last updated on: February 23, 2021