IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
This course is 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration.
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waterfront (Geelong)
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Supercharge your creative portfolio with a Master of Creative Arts at Deakin University.
Explore and understand the ideas that shape the field and take your creative practice to the next level. Apply to study 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 creative practice research and creative arts production.
The program is aimed at future learners, creators, visionaries, citizens, practitioners, critics, programmers, policy makers and curators with interdisciplinary tailored online, off-site and face-to-face learning. Experiences are real-world-centred, respond to future debates and challenges in the creative arts. Seize your own dedicated space to formulate, develop and deliver a dynamic critical practice-led project that engages with the productive uncertainty of creative pursuits. The program suits both professional and research careers.
The Master of Creative Arts is available in any of the disciplines of the Creative Arts: Visual Arts, Photography, Film and Television, Animation, 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:
- 8 credit points of course work units (ACA710, ACA711, ACA712, ACA701 (2cp), ACA702(2cp), ACA715
- 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)
Course work units
3 Research units
Other units that may be counted as electives are:
2020 course information
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)
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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
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
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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 Recognition of 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.
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 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.
How to apply
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.
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).
Frequently asked questions
What are the key study start dates?
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How much does it cost to study at Deakin?
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Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?
Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.
Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
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), boutique arts companies and design organizations (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
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.
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.
|Draw on, analyse and assess digital technologies to produce, document, present and publish in the creative arts|
Evaluate, interpret and synthesise complex ideas through within creative arts drawing on discourse and practice.
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.
Develop systematic and episodic reflective approaches to creative work practices.
Apply advanced interpersonal and communication skills to participate effectively in the critical culture of production, completion and presentation of creative arts projects.
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