Master of Arts - Art in Public Space

RMIT University

This program offers a broad theoretical and historical understanding of the discourses on, and practice of, art in public space, and provides training in dealing with the practical and theoretical problems arising from the situation of art in public space and examines current definitions of real and virtual public space. It addresses issues of art in public space which are an important feature of current international cultural debate, and examines topics such as: spaces that enable art to be an active interpretation, rather than decoration, of the city; the place of contemporary art beyond the White Cube as an active player in the public sphere; how art can negotiate the new spaces of the contemporary public sphere such as the Internet; how contemporary art can break out of the centralised space of the urban centres and energise suburban or rural space; who should define policies for public culture; and whether it is beyond the field of contemporary art to interpret the historical, economic and social construction of space.

Course Fee:

Australian: $33,120
International: $43,200

Entry Requirements:

Australian undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience or professional practice may also be considered


Subjects studied may include: Histories and Theories; Integrated Project; Major Project Presentation; Major Research Project; Place, Space and Technology; Professional Practice.

Subjects you can Study:

Art in public space

Study Pathways:

This is an articulated program leading from graduate certificate to graduate diploma to master. Students may exit at these levels after successful completion of relevant subjects.

Further information:

The program offers the experience required to produce public art projects in the professional environment, or acquire the expertise to work in the field of criticism and specialised arts management. You will attain the training to act as client representatives and public art project, business and site managers.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City No info No Full time 1.5 years
City No info No Part time 3 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
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  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
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  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

If you would like any further information, please complete an enquiry form for local or international students. 


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