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Monash University

Master of Visual Culture

Course code: 3094 ~ Course abbreviation: MVisCul ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This coursework degree is designed to offer advanced studies in visual culture, allowing students to specialise in galleries and the cultural industry, film and screen studies, Australian art, theories of visual cultures, and architectural studies. Students normally develop a research initiative, undertaking a research essay to the value of 12 points. The opportunity of work experience is provided through the internship in visual culture, which is available across a broad range of cultural institutions.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Minimum pass grade

To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C) or above in core units and a minimum credit average overall.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 48 points, comprised of four units chosen from the list below:

  • CRT5760 Gender, body and performance
  • FTM4042 Historical film theory and criticism
  • FTM4052 Contemporary film theory and criticism
  • VAM5000 Research essay in visual culture*
  • VAM5010 Visual culture and its theories
  • VAM5021 Beyond the museum: Institutions and insurrections
  • VAM5023 Visual culture internship
  • VAM5030 Themes in nineteenth-century Australian art
  • VAM5050 Twentieth-century Australian modernism
  • VAM5070 Australian postmodernism
  • VAM5084 The culture and imagery of cities
  • VAM5100 Issues in Australian architecture and heritage
  • VAM5830 Exploration and immigration in the cultural imaginary

    * VAM5000 is compulsory for students without an honours degree or demonstrable research experience at a postgraduate level.

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.

Course coordinator

Leigh Astbury