Postgraduate coursework

Master of Creative Arts

Expand your understanding of historical and contemporary ideologies that shape the creative arts through a Master of Creative Arts at Deakin.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

This course is 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration.

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waterfront (Geelong)

Course information

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.

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Course structure

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)

10

Course work units

6

3 Research units

16

Total

Key information

Award granted
Master of Creative Arts
Year
2018 course information
Deakin code
A759
CRICOS code
083981D
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

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)

#Disciplines:

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.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in the same discipline area or approved international equivalent.

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.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

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 you have.

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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

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.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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.

Communication

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.

Digital literacy

Develop high level skills in the use of digital technologies to produce, document, present and publish and research in the creative arts.

Critical thinking

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.

Problem solving

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.

Self-management

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

Teamwork

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.

Global citizenship

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

 

Application information

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

Research Information

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

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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