Master of Contemporary Art

The University of Melbourne

This program is designed to encourage speculative, experimental and lateral thinking concerning art and a critical engagement in its methodologies. Tuition centres around individual and group tutorials. Individual tutorials provide the opportunity for one-to-one critical discussion with staff regarding the formal, conceptual, personal or expressive bases of the student's work and its realisation. Group tutorials encourage critical discussion and debate in a peer group situation where the individual's work provides the starting point for consideration of a range of issues surrounding contemporary art practice.

Course Fee:

Australian: $47,429
International: $66,387

Entry Requirements:

CV, folio and study proposal; Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and/or honours degree or Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the studio component; or relevant professional experience.


Each student is assigned an Academic Advisor who is responsible for oversight of the student's progress. Alongside formal study of contemporary art and cultural theory, students, in consultation with their academic advisor, prepare a studio project and, together with relevant staff engage in an individual practical study program to realise it.

Subjects you can Study:

Contemporary art practice

Study Pathways:

After successful completion of the degree at an appropriate level, students will be eligible to apply for entry into a research higher degree. The Postgraduate Diploma of Contemporary Art is an exit qualification for students who have successfully completed the first year (100 points) of the course.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Artist, Craftsperson,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Southbank No info No Full time 2 years
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