Building on the strengths of the VCA’s existing Community Cultural Development coursework graduate program, the Master of Fine Arts (CCD) is an opportunity for Community Cultural Development practitioners and those engaged in community-based arts practice to undertake a research degree. Candidates will engage in independent research to develop advanced skills in the theory and practice of CCD. Under supervision, students will outline, manage and explore a research topic relevant to their practice. The final product may be a 40,000 word thesis, or a research project with a written component.
The MFA in CCD is offered through the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, a dynamic hub that draws together people from around the world to think, reflect and take action to build stronger and more vital communities. Through partnerships and collaboration the Centre’s programs focus on the role of the arts in strengthening communities, promoting social inclusion, building leadership and fostering community cultural vitality.
An honours degree with at least H2A (75%) average, including a major relevant to the stream to which entry is sought, or equivalent; or
A relevant undergraduate degree with at least H2A (75%) average and at least two years of documented work experience relevant to the stream to which entry is sought; or
An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least five years of documented work experience relevant to the stream to which entry is sought; or
At least five years of documented relevant work experience related to the stream to which entry is sought and demonstrating outstanding artistic ability, together with evidence of ability in academic writing and research or scholarship appropriate for postgraduate study;
Performance in one or more of an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation, as prescribed by the Academic Board for the stream to which entry is sought.
SEMESTER 1 AND 2
RHD FIRST HALF YEAR, RHD SECOND HALF YEAR
Research Project CCD
A demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report independent and original research on a closely-defined project;
Well-developed and flexible problem-solving abilities appropriate to the discipline;
The ability to engage in independent and contextually-informed artistic practice;
The capacity to communicate effectively the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication;
A capacity for critical evaluation of relevant scholarly literature and artistic practice;
An understanding of and facility with scholarly conventions in the discipline area.
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