Master of Philosophy

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Art and Design

The Master of Philosophy is a 1 year research-only masters degree. It provides an opportunity for students to undertake a research topic of an applied or professional nature under the supervision of Art and Design staff. Alternatively, the qualification can provide a pathway to more advanced research at doctoral level.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3720
Level: 9
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: Anytime

Entry requirements and application guide

In order to be admitted to the Master of Philosophy an applicant must have completed one of the following:

(a) a four-year bachelor’s degree at level 8 or

(b) a bachelor’s honours degree with second class honours or higher or

(c) a bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma or

(d) a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience relevant to the proposed programme of research or

(e) a recognised professional qualification or evidence of professional experience approved by the University Postgraduate Board to be equivalent to the level of competence specified in one of 1(a) to 1(c) above.

An application for admission to the Master of Philosophy and the conditions of enrolment are subject to the approval of the University Postgraduate Board.

An applicant who applies under 1(d) or 1(e) above must provide evidence to the University Postgraduate Board of their ability to undertake advanced academic study.

The University Postgraduate Board may require an applicant to complete an approved course in research methods prior to admission.

The University Postgraduate Board must be satisfied that an applicant’s proposed programme of research is viable and the arrangements for supervision are appropriate and able to be sustained prior to enrolment.

Guidelines to entry

A Postgraduate Research Proposal (PGR1 form)

A portfolio (where required)

Read or download the APPLICATION GUIDE for the Master of Philosophy in Art and Design


Students will complete an original thesis during this year of study. Staff in Art and Design are available to supervise MPhil research on a wide range of topics. The school has extensive research capabilities in the following areas:

  • Chinese art and aesthetics
  • Critical and cultural theory
  • Design history
  • Digital design (animation, moving image, gaming, web, post production and film)
  • Fashion and textiles (knit, print, textile, fashion and costume design)
  • Graphic design (typography, illustration, animation and short film, photography and graphic novel)
  • Narrative structure
  • Oral History
  • Performativity
  • Product design (product and furniture)
  • Spatial design (interior, furniture, urbanism, performance, installation, moving image, digital environments, exhibition design and spatial theory)
  • Sustainability and fashion
  • Visual arts (multimedia, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance)

For programme information, please email the Postgraduate Coordinator or one of the MPhil Programme Leaders:
Welby Ings or Steve Reay

Career opportunities

It is expected that graduates with a Master of Philosophy will have gained the necessary skills and qualifications to follow an academic or research career leading to a Doctor of Philosophy. Alternatively, their research topic may lead them to a position of expertise in their chosen field of Art and Design.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.49pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.