Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Managing facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleMVA
CRICOS code040037M
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Dan Wollmering (Caulfield), Mr Rodney Forbes (Gippsland and off-campus)


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This coursework masters degree provides critical guidance in contemporary visual arts philosophies and is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in fine or visual arts looking to further develop their studio practice. It offers the flexibility of both on-campus and off-campus study, and attracts artists wishing to work from their own studio.

The program asks students to relate their own practice to historical and contemporary discourse. It encourages a relationship between technical excellence in the studio and the conceptual aspirations of the discipline. Students are exposed to a critical review of their work in a supportive environment.

The aim of the course is the cultivation of methodologies for independent work. All studio units commence with an outline of the opportunities for artistic integrity and the means for achieving this. Students' studio work is then exposed to critical reflection and testing. The theoretical units support the student in carrying out this work with a level of methodological sophistication.


Upon completion of the Master of Visual Arts, student can expect to have acquired a capacity for advanced work in an area of the visual arts, together with a critical understanding of visual arts theory and practice. Graduates also acquire a capacity to undertake research in the visual arts.

Credit for prior studies

Up to 24 points of credit may be granted for successful completion of a further year of art or design studies beyond the pass degree.


Several assessment methods are used during the course, including written assignments, submission of studio work and seminar presentations. Some units will be assessed by a panel.


The course consists of three studio units and two units of contextual, critical or theoretical studies to complement and support the student's studio work.

Disciplines offered*

  • drawing (Caulfield, Gippsland)
  • painting (Caulfield, Gippsland)
  • photomedia (Caulfield, Gippsland)
  • printmedia (Caulfield, Gippsland)
  • sculpture (Caulfield, Gippsland)
  • visual Arts (Caulfield, Gippsland).

Interdisciplinary studio projects will be considered on a case by case basis.

* Disciplines offered at Caulfield are available for on-campus mode only; disciplines offered at Gippsland are available for both on-campus and off-campus mode.


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

First year

Semester one

  • MVA4001 Studio discipline A (18 points)
  • MVA4021 Philosophies of the studio A

Semester two

  • MVA4002 Studio discipline B (18 points)
  • MVA4022 Philosophies of the studio B

Second year

Semester one

  • MVA5001 Studio project (24 points)

Alternative exit(s)

The program can be exited after one or two semesters of full-time study or the equivalent. Students exiting after successfully completing:

  • one semester of study (24 points) take out the Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts
  • two semesters of study (48 points) take out the Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts.


Master of Visual Arts