Pursue your passion with a supervised research and arts practice experience.

Introduction

This specialist degree provides a high-quality academic qualification in the theory and practice of the fine arts that carries credibility both nationally and internationally and empowers artists in their pursuit of national and international recognition.

The Master of Fine Arts differs from other fine arts degrees in that it assumes a high level of both theoretical and practical expertise in fine arts. Students without this background are required to do preliminary work.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Fine Arts consists of a combination of thesis and creative work. Students complete an exhibition of original artwork showing technical accomplishment and imaginative resource, an essay of 4500 to 5500 words on the work in the exhibition and a thesis on an aspect of arts theory, history or criticism.

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Structure

Extracted from Master of Fine Arts (research) rules

3. A student must present for examination—

(a) an exhibition of original artwork showing technical accomplishment and imaginative resource;

and

(b) a thesis on an aspect of arts theory, history or criticism, the title and subject matter of which are proposed by the student and require the approval of the Board of the Graduate Research School.

4. The thesis must not exceed 25,000 words, excluding tables, footnotes, endnotes, appendices and other illustrative matter.

5.(1) A full-time student for the degree must submit to the Board for approval the details of the thesis and the proposed form of the exhibition within four months of the date of first enrolment in the program, or the equivalent period as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

(2) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the details submitted under (1).

(3) A student must present an exegesis of the exhibited artwork, for which no result is given, which must not exceed 5000 words.

(4) The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must, at least one week prior to the date of the opening of the exhibition, provide the exegesis to the examiners.

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Professional recognition

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Career opportunities

Graduates of this course will be equipped with advanced level communication, research and analytical skills, allowing them to take the next step in their career pathway.

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Further study opportunities

Doctor of Philosophy

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must—

(a) have completed the requirements for the degree of bachelor in an appropriate subject area from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Board;

and

(b) have completed the requirements for a qualification in Art Practice from a recognised tertiary institution, or be judged by the Board, having regard to the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, to have equivalent practical expertise and professional standing;

and

(c) be able to satisfy the Board that they have the general ability to complete the course and the special ability to prepare and present a thesis.

English competency

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees

Application Deadlines

Applications can be submitted anytime from January to November.

How to apply

There are several steps to lodging an application for a higher degree by research. Follow the below link for further information and relevant application forms: 

Fees

With the exception of international students, no fees will be charged to any student admitted to UWA for a research higher degree at UWA.

Australian students undertaking research courses are therefore exempt from paying student contributions and tuition fees as part of the Research Training Scheme.

Note: We can help with application-related enquiries. If you need further course-specific information, you may wish to contact the relevant Faculty or School.

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Master of Fine Arts - Research: the details

Status
Available 2014
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal, External
Starting dates
By agreement with their supervisors, students may commence at any time throughout the year,  except December.
Weekly first year time commitment
Full-time students are expected to spend at least 30 hours per week on their research, throughout the year. Part-time students are expected to spend at least 15 hours a week on their research, throughout the year.
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Graduate Research and Scholarships Office
Hackett Hall UWA
pghelp-grso@uwa.edu.au
Ask UWA
6488 2807
Course code
25740
CRICOS Code
013801D