Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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 (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

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 master's 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • synthesise, implement, analyse and communicate specific research strategies, concepts and methodologies and apply them within the discipline of visual art with a high level of personal autonomy
  • apply advanced cognitive abilities, technical skills, cultural enquiry and conceptual resolution to independent professional practice at the forefront of their field
  • demonstrate a synthesis of complex theory and practice through the execution and evaluation of creative endeavours, research and critical context

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 available include:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • photomedia
  • printmedia
  • sculpture
  • visual arts.

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


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

First year

Semester one

  • MVA4001 Studio discipline A (18 points)
  • MVA4021 Philosophies of the studio A
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)

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)

Students wishing to exit this course early may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master of Visual Arts