Master of Applied Design and Art

Curtin University

The Master of Applied Design and Art will enable students and professionals to reach a high level of expertise and qualification in contemporary design and art practice. The course aims to develop creative and professional skills through studies in cross and interdisciplinary design and art practice. It is suited to applicants with knowledge and expertise from other disciplines as well as those with formal qualifications in art and design. Students will learn through discussion, reflection and the production of original and innovative solutions to studio based or industrially related projects. The study program encourages independent research, originality, creative leadership and awareness of the needs of contemporary society.

Course Fee:

Australian: $35,200
International: $58,400

Entry Requirements:

Applicants applying for enrollment in semester one require a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution. If your Bachelor degree is in the field of art and/or design please consider applying for semester two enrollment with a credit for recognised learning (CRL). The Masters course is competitive and a high semester weighted average is required. Applicants without a Bachelor degree may be considered for entry on the basis of substantial industry/work experience in the field of art and/or design. Applicants applying for enrollment in semester two require a Bachelor degree, or equivalent, or a Graduate Certificate, from a recognised tertiary institution in the field of art and/or design. The course is competitive and a high semester weighted average is required.are required to submit a folio of recent work, CV and project proposal with their application. A portfolio should include approximately 5 to 10 samples of work that showcase your skills in art and/or design (you may include work from a variety of disciplines such as illustration, photography and painting or just focus on one area of interest). It should be collated into one pdf and include a cover page. The project proposal must be a 500-1000 word report outlining the proposed topic, background (literature review), objectives, methods, significance and expected outcomes.


Through a combination of coursework and project based units students will learn the skills and depth of knowledge required to produce contemporary design and art solutions. The program is flexible and can be tailored to suit individual interests and professional development. Students may choose to focus their studies in specialisations of 3D design, art & design studies, creative advertising & graphic design, fine art, fashion design, photography & illustration design, textiles and digital design.

Subjects you can Study:

Applied design and art

Study Pathways:

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Graduates may qualify for entry to Doctoral degrees.

Further information:

Curtin University course code: MC-DESART


Graduates are recognised by professional associations such as the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and Design Institute of Australia. Graduates are also eligible for membership in the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), Perth Art Directors Club (PADC), The Design Management Institute, and Design Institute of Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Arts Source: The Artists Foundation of Western Australia, FORM (originally CraftWest).

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bentley - main campus No info Yes Full time 2 years
Bentley - main campus No info Yes Part time 4 years

Curtin is Western Australia’s most preferred university and has more than 56,000 students across its campuses and online. New students can expect to become part of a forward thinking, international culture committed to sharing innovative ideas.

The university offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in business, humanities, health sciences, resources, engineering and related sciences. 

Ranked among the world’s best

Curtin’s growing reputation has seen the university rapidly rise up the international rankings in recent years. In 2018 it was ranked among the top one per cent of the world’s universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Curtin was also ranked second in the world for mineral and mining engineering, and 42nd in the world for earth and marine sciences in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Global connections

Curtin has campuses in Perth, Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius and Singapore, as well as course delivery through more than 130 partner institutions worldwide.

In 2016, Curtin formed an alliance with one of the oldest and most revered universities in the world – The University of Aberdeen in Scotland – which will leverage the strengths and industry networks of both universities, particularly in energy research.

Research and development

Curtin leads a number of major international research projects and is involved with more than 70 research centres and collaborations, including the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, the Centre for Crop and Disease Management and Innovation Central Perth.

Learning reinvented

Curtin’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses are regularly reviewed by industry, business and government to ensure graduates are prepared for today’s changing global market.

The university has also incorporated work integrated learning activities and introduced technology-rich environments that recreate real workplaces, such as a simulated hospital ward, stock market trading room and digital marketing agency, so students can graduate with the skills and knowledge that employers want.

Curtin offers courses across a variety of study areas, including:

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Curtin has embarked on a 20-year plan to create ‘Greater Curtin’, which will see the university’s campus in Perth transformed into a major innovation precinct for the Asia-Pacific region. 

The plan will bring together industry, academia and government like never before in Western Australia. It will include new transport infrastructure, student accommodation, dedicated spaces and programs to support entrepreneurship, and facilities to encourage new research and industry partnerships.

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Curtin is a hive of activity. Between classes, students can enjoy a range of activities including sports and fitness, social clubs and societies, volunteer work and exciting campus events. 

If you choose to study with Curtin, you can expect to build life skills and become part of a forward-thinking, international community committed to sharing innovative ideas.

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