Explore and understand the ideas that shape the field of Creative Arts and take your creative practice to the next level. Apply to study a Master of Creative Arts at Deakin today.
The Master of Creative Arts provides students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a creative arts discipline, with advanced academic and professional skills in practice-led research and creative arts production. The course enables students to understand and explore the social, political and cultural contexts and history of ideas that inform contemporary approaches to the creative arts in their discipline. Students build and develop sustainable creative practices as independent or commissioned practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills in art-making and creative arts research.
The Master of Creative Arts is available in any of the seven disciplines of the Creative Arts: Visual Arts, Photography, Film and Television, Animation and Motion Capture, Visual Communication Design, Dance or Drama.Read More
To qualify for the Master of Creative Arts, a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:
- 10 credit points of course work units (ACA701, ACA702, ACA703, ACA710, ACA711, ACA712, ACA715)
- a further 6 credit points research units (ALX702, ALX703, ALX704)
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Course work units
3 Research units
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waterfront (Geelong)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waterfront (Geelong)
Burwood (Melbourne) - Animation & Motion Capture, Dance, Drama, Film & TV, Photography, Visual Communication Design and Visual Arts
Waterfront (Geelong) - Photography & Visual Arts
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree in a related discipline
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.
* One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
Graduates of the Master of Creative Arts, will possess advanced or expert knowledge and skills to work in a range of industry contexts spanning the creative Arts within diverse organisations (non-profit through to corporate). Graduates will be able to undertake many roles that may be categorised from entrepreneurial, consulting, curatorial, through to art production within organisations such as museums and galleries, government (federal, state and local), and boutique arts companies (as examples). There are also many opportunities to be found in festivals, curatorial and community projects typically funded or auspiced by government and philanthropic entities. Organisations are looking for graduates who have knowledge and skills developed in a learning environment enhanced by contemporary and up-to-date production facilities, equipment and spaces (which Deakin provides). Graduates will also be well equipped to undertake careers as independent artists.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Acquire advanced and integrated understanding of creative arts practice through practice-led research in one or more disciplines or areas of creative arts including drama, dance, photography, visual arts, animation, film and television, motion-picture capture and visual communication design.
Reflect on their practice, situating it within the history and traditions of a creative discipline and the wider cultural and social context.
Engage with key ideas in relation to contemporary art discourse.
Acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake a creative arts project.
Use specialist creative arts technologies and skills including writing, movement, film, image and voice to interpret and communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences in academic and non-academic contexts.
Formulate ideas and engage in discussion of artwork, creative decision-making processes and relevant contemporary ideas in art and culture.
Develop and communicate research ideas and proposals using written, oral and digital communication.
|Develop high level skills in the use of digital technologies to produce, document, present and publish and research in the creative arts.|
Use expert and specialist knowledge in creative arts to critically reflect on the relationship of creative practice and practice-led research methodologies to produce creative works or outputs.
Evaluate and interpret complex ideas through creative arts practice.
Deploy practice-led techniques and methods to critically analyse the contribution of creative practice to the production of knowledge in discipline specific or inter-disciplinary inquiries.
Identify evaluate and resolve theoretical and methodological challenges in marrying academic research and writing with reflective practices in creative arts production to successfully complete practice-based creative arts research.
Engage with contemporary art discourse through coherent and systematic evaluation, analysis and synthesis of ideas.
Acquire the knowledge, skills and initiative to complete independent advanced research in creative arts practice.
Use advanced skills to lead production in creative arts projects that are outside the scope of individual practice in academic and professional contexts
Acquire advanced interpersonal skills and experience in collaborating with colleagues, technicians and others to successfully complete practice-led research in the creative arts
Communicate and participate effectively as a member of a team in the production and presentation of creative work.
|Identify, interrogate and communicate the relevance of the ideas and issues in creative arts practice for communities and cultures and in a global context. |
Articulate the relevance of practice-led research in creative arts through public presentation of creative work and through communication of research outcomes in scholarly contexts
Approved by Faculty Board June 2014
How to apply
Apply direct to Deakin
Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.Apply through Deakin
Need more information on how to apply?
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
Register your interest to study at Deakin
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
Students will undertake 6 credit points of research units consisting of research methods, theory and research-based project units where they will be required to undertake practice-led research, and traditional research in one of the creative arts disciplines incorporating a Creative Research Thesis and a Creative Practice Research project consisting of a major creative production (16,000 word equivalent) AND a critical exegesis (4,000 words).
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.