The Master of Contemporary Art serves as a bridge between undergraduate study and independent art practice, as a "refresher" program for artists who have been away from formal study, or as an entry point to further tertiary education for artists who lack formal qualifications but have significant professional experience, including those of recognised ability who have been unable to undertake or complete an Honours year.
The focus of the course is twofold – to develop individual articulation in art practice and to develop an understanding of how this practice intersects with contemporary art.
The emphasis in the first year is on experimentation and the speculative, directed at identifying an area of research to be investigated in depth in the second year. Second year consists of a single, two semester studio project that culminates in assessment and a public presentation in the Masters exhibition, held annually as the concluding event to the academic year.
This is a 200 point program.
Listed below are the specific entry requirements.
An undergraduate degree and/or an Honours degree in a relevant discipline and/or the Graduate Certificate in Visual Art – with at least H2B (70%) in the major; or
Documented, relevant professional experience; and
A full curriculum vitae detailing all relevant professional experience (exhibitions, awards, commissions, publications, etc.); and
A list of names of any academic staff at VCA School of Art with whom your application has been discussed; and
A study proposal outlining the project and work program including aims and objectives and technical requirements (approximately 500 words); and
A folio consisting of, or documenting recent work relevant to the study proposal (a maximum of 15 jpeg images or 8 minutes of video in DVD format).
Studio Practice 1
Perspectives in Art & Cultural Theory 1
Studio Practice 2
Perspectives in Art & Cultural Theory 2
Perspectives in Art & Cultural Theory 3
Perspectives in Art & Cultural Theory 4
Manipulate and manage the materials and processes involved in your chosen visual art medium
Express ideas through your chosen medium
Gather and synthesise information and other resources in your personal art practice
Discuss contemporary art practice and its personal, professional and social involvements.
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