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Masters by Coursework


Master of Arts
2 years full-time


Expand your professional and practical skills in an area of creative arts, media or social inquiry.

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Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

Get the Curtin edge

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

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Take your career journey further with a postgrad degree

Our Alumni Scholarship program offers a 15% reduction in your first year of postgrad fees on eligible courses.
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This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2019. If you plan to commence study in 2020, please view the planned offering.

Our postgraduate courses will provide you with advanced knowledge in media, culture, new technology or communication practices. You will also develop high-level skills in creative problem-solving.

Both courses are ideal for people who want to extend their knowledge and skill sets in any of the major course areas. They are also suitable for those with expertise in other disciplines who are aiming for a career change.

Taught by experienced professionals with strong industry connections, the courses are hands-on and combine a strong practical and industry focus.

Our students benefit from access to our purpose-built professional facilities and resources, such as Curtin FM 100.1, the Hayman Theatre, Curtin’s Media Production Studio, the Centre for Culture and Technology, John Curtin Gallery, Western Independent online news and Grok magazine.

Students who complete the master degree to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies.

Choose your stream or major

A postgraduate arts course enables you to specialise in your preferred study area. Graduate certificate students select a study stream and master degree students select a major from the following areas:

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How this course will make you industry ready

Career connections

We provide on-campus and industry-based initiatives to enhance your postgraduate experience and skills development.

  • Fine Art residency
    Each semester, Curtin hosts one or two artists in residence who interact with students in the studio and provide consultations and artist talks.
  • Fremantle Dockers partnership
    Curtin’s alliance with the Fremantle Football Club provides students with opportunities to work with the club in journalism and multimedia initiatives.
  • Hayman Theatre patron
    Award-winning playwright and actor Kate Mulvany is the Patron of the Hayman Theatre, the Hayman Theatre Company and the Curtin Theatre Arts Program. As a Curtin alumna, she inspires and encourages future generations of Theatre Arts graduates.
  • Award-winning authors
    Our Professor of Writing is Professor Kim Scott, recipient of numerous literary prizes, including two Miles Franklin awards. He also leads the Indigenous Culture and Digital Technologies program at our Centre for Culture and Technology.

Career information

The future of creative arts, media and social inquiry

Interactive technologies, big data and digital culture are changing the worlds we live in, leading to new demands for critical capacity and creativity in addressing commercial and social issues. Curtin’s courses focus on production, self-directed learning and research, ensuring that our students are successful in critically engaging in emerging industries and cultures globally.

Our studies are grounded in Nyungar country to strengthen understandings of the ethics, politics and complexities of social inquiry and creative production. Students can practise their skills on placement with industry, arts and community organisations in Australia and overseas, developing confidence and engagement with relevant networks.


  • Film and television
  • Writing, editing and publishing
  • Fine arts and creative production
  • Galleries and museums
  • Corporate and political communications
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Multimedia
  • Media and entertainment
  • Government and public policy.

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

Admission criteria

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

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.

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:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-ARTS
  • CRICOS code: 098146E
  • Last updated on: May 27, 2022