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Master of Arts
Masters by Coursework
- Master of Arts
This course is two years full-time or equivalent part-time study. For those students whose qualification is listed as one of the relevant majors, credit for recognised learning will reduce the course duration to one and a half years full-time or equivalent part-time study. All majors in this course are available to international students studying in Australia on a study visa.
- 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
Extend your skills and critical capacity in your chosen discipline area or add a new area of expertise to your repertoire.
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The Master of Arts is ideal if you want to extend your skills and critical capacity in one of its discipline areas, add a new area of expertise to your repertoire, or if you are new to the arts and are looking for a career change.
The course is hands-on with a strong practical, industry and arts community focus, preparing you for a career in creative and professional practice. You will be taught by industry and academic experts who will pass on their insights and experience, and connect you to relevant industries and creative communities.
As part of this course you will undertake a major supervised creative project, which can become an important piece in your professional portfolio.
You will apply your practical skills and develop your networks by undertaking a professional placement with an industry organisation. You will also have an opportunity to engage with award-winning artists, writers and researchers through our on-campus residency programs.
Throughout your studies, you will have access to a range of purpose-built student facilities and creative outlets, such as Curtin’s Media Production Studio, painting and sculpture studios, the Centre for Culture and Technology, Grok magazine and the John Curtin Gallery.
Choose your major
You will specialise in one of the following areas:
- Creative Writing
- Fine Art
- Professional Writing and Publishing
- Screen Arts
- Social and Cultural Inquiry
If you complete the master degree to a high standard, you may be eligible to proceed on to doctoral-level studies.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
The ability to think creatively and communicate ideas clearly is valued across diverse industries. This course will provide you with foundational knowledge, critical understanding, creative production and problem-solving skills, enabling you to pursue work in a specialised creative field, as well as broader creative or communications roles.
How this course will make you industry ready
We provide on-campus industry and community-based initiatives to enhance your learning and skills development. You will undertake a major project under the supervision of an experienced member of staff. This project can become an important portfolio piece for many students.
You will practise your skills on placement with industry, arts and community organisations in Australia and overseas, developing your confidence and engagement with relevant networks. You will also have an opportunity to engage with award-winning artists, writers and researchers on staff and through our on-campus residency programs.
- Arts administrator
- Audio, broadcasting or theatre technician
- Digital content producer
- Film, theatre or television director
- Media liaison officer
- Multimedia developer
- Production manager
- Technical artist
- Visualisation specialist
- Arts and creative industries
- Advertising and marketing
- Film and television
- Media and entertainment
- Not-for-profit sector
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
For admission to this course, you must have either:
- a bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised institution (you may require relevant work experience) OR
- a bachelor degree with honours OR
- a graduate certificate or diploma from a recognised institution
AND meet Curtin’s English language proficiency requirements.
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
The requirements of 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, 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
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2021
| 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.
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).
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- Curtin course code: MC-ARTS
- CRICOS code: 098146E
- Last updated on: October 24, 2021