Master of Creative Arts

Postgraduate coursework

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

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)

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Realise your full potential as a creator while specialising in an area of passion with a Master of Creative Arts. Graduate with an eye-catching portfolio and build transferable skills that prepare you to be flexible across the creative jobs of the future.

Want to push your creative practice to new heights?

The Master of Creative Arts allows you to focus your studies on one of six creative areas: visual arts, photography, animation and motion capture, visual communication design, dance or drama. But that doesn’t mean your knowledge will be limited to your specialisation. Throughout the course, you’ll be studying complementary disciplines and practising alongside creative thinkers from different backgrounds, broadening your understanding of creativity and arming you with transferable skills that prepare you for any creative pursuit.

The multidisciplinary aspect of the course could see you specialising in dance while taking an elective unit in film writing, ultimately leading to the production of a dance film for your final creative project.

While core study areas will be tailored to your specialisation, there are common threads throughout each pathway that set you up to be a versatile creative practitioner. Build transferable skills that employers value, like imaginative thinking, problem solving and creative collaboration, and discover what it takes to be adaptable and resourceful – two key attributes of the modern creative.

Strengthen your creative repertoire with elective units. Your electives can play to your strengths, or help you upskill in an unfamiliar discipline. Some of your elective options include:

  • Writing with the Camera
  • Documentary Production Practice
  • Art Marketing
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving

The course provides lots of practical experience, including sought-after internship opportunities, allowing you to hone your creative craft in real-world settings. You’ll work on industry-relevant creative projects, applying theoretical frameworks in teams and as an individual. And you’ll complete a major creative work in professional standard facilities, including TV broadcast studios, dance and drama studios, a professional photographic light studio, visual arts and design studios and dedicated gallery spaces. On top of that, your creative research projects will train you in practical research skills that benefit your everyday life, as well as your career.

While many of our graduates go on to secure exciting roles in creative industries, there are also opportunities for further study upon successful completion of the course. If you want to become a subject matter expert in your creative area, connect with leading researchers and access unique professional development opportunities, you might like to progress into a Higher Degree by Research.

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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:

  • 8 credit points of course work units (ACA710, ACA711, ACA712, ACA715, ACA701 (2cp), ACA702(2cp) 
  • 4 credit points of research units ACA703(2cp), ACA704(2cp)
  • A further 4 credit points of electives chosen from Master of Creative Arts, Master of Communication or the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)
  • Other units that may be counted as electives are: ECP711 Arts and early childhood, MMK792 Arts Marketing, MMM790 Arts Management
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

10

Course work units

6

3 Research units

16

Total

Core Units

  • Creative Studio A (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio B (2 credit points)
  • Contemporary Debates in the Creative Arts
  • Methods and Design for Creative Arts Research
  • Transgressive Acts in Cinema, Art, Performance
  • Creating Your Arts Business
  • Electives

    Choose 4 credit points of electives from within the Master of Creative Arts, Master of Communication or Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

    Other units that may be counted as electives are:

  • Writing with the Camera
  • Documentary Production Practice
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Arts and Sports-based Approaches to Community Development
  • Social Media Content Creation
  • Creativity and the Arts
  • Arts Marketing
  • Arts Management
  • Research Units

  • Advanced Creative Research Project A (2 credit points)
  • Advanced Creative Research Project B (2 credit points)
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Creative Arts
    Year

    2021 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 Qualifications 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)

    Note: Disciplines

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

    Waterfront (Geelong) - Photography and 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.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

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

    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.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 Recognition of 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 eight 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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship 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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. 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.

    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

    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).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Graduate with specialist knowledge, transferable creative skills and real-world experience that prepares you for a diverse range of creative roles in areas such as:

    • entrepreneurship and management in the creative arts
    • design
    • video, sound and multimedia production
    • freelancing as a creator or artist
    • art production and curation
    • consulting

    Your skills will be sought-after in museums and galleries, all levels of government, boutique art companies and design agencies. You can also explore opportunities in festivals, community events and curatorial projects typically funded by government and philanthropic entities.

    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

    Apply and extend specialist knowledge and technical and creative skills in creative arts practice  in one or more disciplines or areas of creative arts including drama, dance, photography, visual arts, animation, film and television and design.

    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.

    Harness specialist creative arts technologies, skills and discourse to communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences in academic and non-academic contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Draw on, analyse and assess digital technologies to produce, document, present and publish in the creative arts

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate, interpret and synthesise complex ideas through within creative arts drawing on discourse and practice.

    Problem solving

    Address theoretical and methodological challenges in the creation of work that is discursive and reflective and engages in creative decision-making processes within the relevant field.

    Self-management

    Develop systematic and episodic reflective approaches to creative work practices.

    Teamwork

    Apply advanced interpersonal and communication skills to participate effectively in the critical culture of production, completion and presentation of creative arts projects.

    Global citizenship

    Establish ethical approaches that interrogate the value of art and performance in diverse communities and cultures and transfer creative practice outcomes into real world contexts. 

    Approved by Faculty Board November 2018