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  • Objectives
    This course builds on the curriculum of the graduate diploma, extending and resolving your studio research project for exhibition. You will choose to major in electronic arts, jewellery production, textiles or visual arts. Electronic arts major Research specialisations in emergent electronic and interactive arts at the intersection between art, science and industry. The creative ideology associated with the arts, combined with the immersive aspects of new technologies, will develop the basis for your research into practical areas of electronic art. Jewellery production major In this major you’ll complete a research program in contemporary jewellery design and making. You’ll develop advanced professional skills through specialist studies, focusing on gold and precious and semi-precious gemstone design. This major features close links to the Western Australian jewellery and fashion industries. Textiles major In this major you’ll complete a research program exploring textiles as contemporary art forms. You can choose to specialise in body and costume, surface and print, manipulation and stitch, dye technology or structure, or develop a studio project combining aspects of all specialisations. Visual arts major Research specialisations include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, print media, sculpture, ceramics and glass, jewellery and three-dimensional design, installation, material studies, sound, performance, photography, video, film and post-object art. Career opportunities Graduates find employment in a wide range of art related professions. As well as working as independent professional studio practitioners, earning through direct sales, commissions and public exhibition works, graduates have been employed as curators in major museums including the Singapore Art Museum and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Graduates have also obtained positions as arts administrators and curators in university galleries and regional galleries around Australia. Many of our graduates are teachers in art schools such as La Salle and NAFA in Singapore, Sydney College of the Arts, Edith Cowan University, the University of Western Australia, Victorian College of Arts, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Others are employed in the Australian TAFE sector and in secondary education.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree or equivalent in any related discipline and an ability to demonstrate commitment and potential to benefit from advanced postgraduate studies in visual arts, electronic arts, fashion and textiles or jewellery production. While applicants whose standing as visual arts practitioners recommends them as being capable of benefiting from this course are considered, they may be required to complete additional studies in art theory if their previous work did not include study of current visual arts language, theory and philosophy. Your application must be accompanied by a detailed study proposal supported by a comprehensive folio of recent work. You will also be required to attend an interview as part of the application process. The quality of the study proposal, the perceived capacity to bring it to a successful conclusion, the supporting evidence of skills, competence and creative capacities and the Department of Art’s ability to support and supervise the work are factors in establishing entry. You are advised to seek early consultation with the course coordinator before submitting your study proposal.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts - Art
  • Course description
     310734 v.1 Master of Arts - Art

    Course CRICOS Code: 061490E
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1.5 Years

    Introduction

    This course provides the opportunity to intensively develop talents, concepts and expertise in one of the four major study areas currently offered within the Department of Art. The Master of Arts course is designed to enable students to reach a high level of professionalism and qualification in contemporary art practice and visual arts theory. Students complete a core program of theory and research seminars as part of their Major study. Graduates from the Master program will be able to graduate with one of the following awards: Master of Arts (Visual Arts); Master of Arts (Electronic Arts); Master of Arts (Jewellery Production); or the Master of Arts (Contemporary Textiles).

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    A bachelor degree or equivalent in any related discipline and an ability to demonstrate commitment and potential to benefit from advanced postgraduate studies in visual arts, electronic arts, fashion and textiles or jewellery production. All applicants are interviewed and are required to submit a detailed study proposal supported by a comprehensive folio of recent work. Admission is dependent upon the quality of the applicant's study proposal, the perceived capacity to bring it to a successful conclusion and the Department of Art's ability to support and supervise the work. A limited number of places are available in each year of this course. Applicants are advised to seek early consultation with the course coordinator before submitting a master degree study proposal for consideration.

    Graduates find employment in a wide range of art related professions. As well as working as independent professional studio practitioners, earning through direct sales, commissions and public exhibition works, graduates have been employed as curators in major museums including the Singapore Art Museum and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Graduates have also obtained positions as arts administrators and curators in university galleries and regional galleries around Australia.

    Many of our graduates are teachers in art schools such as La Salle and NAFA in Singapore, Sydney College of the Arts, Edith Cowan University, the University of Western Australia, Victorian College of Arts, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Others are employed in the Australian TAFE sector and in secondary education.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Students with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Postgraduate Diploma in Jewellery Production or Graduate Diploma in Electronic Arts will be considered for recognition of prior learning. While applications will be considered from candidates whose standing as visual arts practitioners recommends them as being capable of benefiting from the master course, such candidates may be required to complete additional studies in Art Theory 491and/or Art Theory 492 if their previouswork did not include study of current visual arts language, theory and philosophy.

    Duration and Availability

    This course is of 18 months full-time or equivalent part-time study.

    Intermediate Awards 1

    A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate award(s) approved for this course are:

    Intermediate Awards II

    Graduate Diploma in Jewellery Production; Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts; Graduate Diploma in Electronic Arts; Graduate Diploma in Textiles.

    Course Organisation

    The course is an advanced studio-based research program with associated theoretical studies designed to intensively develop an area of studio practice as professional artists. The student, in consultation with an appointed staff supervisor, will develop a studio research program based upon the submitted study proposal. The course consists of research studies in visual arts theory and advanced project units relating to the individual student's negotiated study program in visual arts, electronic arts, contemporary textiles or jewellery production.

    Additional Course Expenses
    All Master students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials. Students intending on taking the Jewellery Production Major will be expected to make provision for the specialist tools required and the purchase of gold, silver and gemstone materials, at an estimated cost of between AUD$1000-$1500 per semester.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                         Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Majors, Streams or Other Core Components

    310914     v.1           Electronic Arts Major (Master of Arts - Art)                     300.0
          OR
    310917     v.1           Textiles Major (Master of Arts - Art)                               300.0
          OR
    310915     v.1           Jewellery Production Major (Master of Arts - Art)           300.0
          OR
    310916     v.1           Visual Arts Major (Master of Arts - Art)                           300.0
                                                                                                                           300.0

    #              This unit may be replaced with an elective unit.

    Availability
    Year       Location                  Period     All*     Internal    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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