The Master of Fine Arts (Visual Art) is one of Australia’s longest running MFA programs and is renowned for the excellence of its graduates. The course is designed for practicing visual artists with a specific research interest or
project they wish to pursue within an academic structure to enrich their work. The course promotes rigorous investigation into visual art and nurtures the fruits of this research in a collegiate, supportive and critical environment.Candidates extend their understanding of their own art practices, knowledge of art in general, and associated theories of contemporary society and culture, through practice lead research.
All full time candidates are provided with a studio, a supervisor and attend a series of peer-based seminars to support and challenge their research. The final presentation is a public exhibition and a written paper, assessed by two independent, expert examiners. This final exhibition held at the VCA has become a focus of the Melbourne art calendar. During the course there are opportunities to work with the various staff and students of the VCA and to engage with other areas of the University at large. Candidates are encouraged to extend their research overseas and nationally through conferences and exhibitions.
The Masters Program in the School of Art supports a wide range of research activities through the activities of its supervisors who are all practicing artists. Candidates are advised to consider suitable supervisors before applying by seeking out the staff pages on the VCA website. The range of potential research topics is very broad and the combined activities of so much diversity make the course extremely lively, challenging and invigorating.
RTP only. Australian fee-paying places not available.
This course is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master’s degree. More details on RTP and other fees you may need to pay.
If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more.