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Monash University

Master of Fine Arts

Course code: 2953 ~ Course abbreviation: MFA ~ 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Art and Design

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield; Gippsland)

Off-campus (Caulfield; Gippsland)

Course description

The Master of Fine Arts is an 85% research degree. Candidates develop a studio research proposal that results in a body of creative or visual works with accompanying written and visual documentation. The documentation is a commentary that outlines the development of the project and its conclusion, and provides a critical context within which the work may be viewed and assessed. The visual works are new works that demonstrate a conclusion to the research at the masters level. Works completed for other purposes, or before the candidacy, are not permitted for inclusion in the exhibition. Unless site specific, the faculty requires masters examination exhibitions to be conducted on-campus at either the Caulfield or Gippsland campuses.

Disciplines offered include ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass, metals and jewellery, painting, photomedia, printmedia, sculpture, and visual arts. Interdisciplinary studio projects will be considered on a case by case basis.

Course structure

Course requirements

Candidates submit a written commentary between 10,000 and 20,000 words with a photographic record of the visual or creative work being bound into the document. They are also required to successfully complete a sequence of two units which guide them through the discursive and documentary dimensions of their project:


Examination normally occurs through an exhibition of visual work and the supporting documentation. The documentation is not examined separately, but is considered together with the work and unites theory with practice.

Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Domenico De Clario