Master of Visual Arts

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The Master of Visual Arts is a practice-based research degree that enables visual art/ fine art graduates to explore in-depth a territory of personal interest in art practice. Emphasis is on critical enquiry through both art practice and contextual research. Visual artists may work with or through a host of practices, for example: painting, print, photography, sculpture, drawing, digital and moving image, installation, sound and performance.

Admission is based on the submission of a proposal outlining the territory of exploration, and the nature of the project to be undertaken by the applicant. It is useful and usual for potential applicants to make an appointment to discuss their interests, before submitting their proposal.

The degree is highly flexible, enabling students from a variety of backgrounds to extend and develop their individual interests and related expertise. Students work within the supportive culture of a studio environment involving group discussion, and critique of each other’s work. They enjoy individual studio spaces, supervisory support, specialist facilities with extended access hours, and library and learning centre facilities. As part of a vital and innovative art community students’ research will contribute to diverse and emerging modalities and discourses in creative practice.

Please note that applications for the Master of Visual Arts are open to start in Semester 1, February 2018


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Quick facts

Programme code: AK1327
Level: 9
Points: 180
1 1/2 years full-time
City Campus
Start date: 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

Applications will remain open until all places are filled. AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Application deadline for Semester 1, 2018: 1 December 2017

Read or download the APPLICATION GUIDE for the Master of Visual Arts.

Read or download the RESEARCH PROPOSAL OUTLINE GUIDE for the Master of Visual Arts


Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Master of Visual Arts an applicant must have completed the Bachelor of Visual Arts or equivalent with a B grade average or higher in the papers at level 7 or above.

Guidelines to entry

Specialist areas

Visual Arts (multimedia, installation, digital or moving image or new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, sound, film, performance, social art practice, collaboration, and other culturally relevant media)


Papers - 180 points in total
ARDN800 Research Methods (15 Points)

SELECT a further 45 points from the elective papers listed below


VSAR999 Thesis (120 points)

Enrolment in a thesis is subject to achieving at least a  B- average in course work papers including a pass in Research Methods and approval of research proposal.

Elective papers
ARDN801 Ethics in Research (15 points)*
ARDN802 Directed Studies Project (15 points)*
ARDN803 Reading Paper (15 points)*
ARDN807 Coding for Artists and Designers (15 points)
VSAR800 Visual Arts Studio A (15 points)
VSAR801 Visual Arts Studio B (15 points)
VSAR802 Visual Arts: Contextual Review (15 points)

*Paper not being offered in 2018

Additional paper and course information can be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

For programme information and availability of papers, please email Associate Professor Monique Redmond, Postgraduate Strand Leader, Visual Arts.


Last updated: 26-Sep-2017 4.55pm

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