Master of Creative Arts

Course summary for international students

Award granted Master of Creative Arts
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$24,670* AUD
CRICOS course code083981D
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code A759

* Disciplines:

Burwood (Melbourne) - Animation & Motion Capture, Dance, Drama, Film & TV, Photography, Visual Communication Design and Visual Arts

Waterfront (Geelong) - Photography & Visual Arts

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Creative Arts provides students 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. 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.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline. 
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

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.

Course rules

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)

Course structure

Year 1


Trimester 1 

ACA701Advanced Creative Practice A: the Artist's Brief (2 credit points)

ACA710Contemporary Debates in the Creative Arts

ACA711Investigating Creative Methods

Trimester 2

ACA702Advanced Creative Practice B: Critique and Engagement (2 credit points)

ACA712Art and the Politics of Censorship

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

Year 2


Trimester 1

ACA703Advanced Creative Practice C: What Could Be (2 credit points)

ALX702Practice-Led Research Methods & Design (2 credit points)

Trimester 2

ALX703Creative Research Project A (2 credit points)

ALX704Creative Research Project B (2 credit points)

Entry requirements - specific

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

Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide

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. 

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Creative Arts (A559)
Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts (A659)
 

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