Course Title: Masters Degree Thesis/Project A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Degree Thesis/Project A

Credit Points: 48

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Dr Les Horvat

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253804

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A first degree in Photography from RMIT or equivalent; or evidence of experience which satisfies RMIT that the student has developed a knowledge of the field of study sufficient to undertake the

Course Description

The Master of Art in Photography at RMIT University is a research degree that encourages you to develop your photographic practice situated within the fields of art and commerce.

Using project mode, as a Master of Art (Photography) candidate you will engage with cutting edge practice in the discipline of Photography and undertake research within the medium to elaborate ways that influence and define the medium’s future. As part of this approach you will locate and explore an experimental, creative and critical environment in which to practice, and reflect upon how photography intersects with the heterogeneous spaces occupied in contemporary culture.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Effective communication

Critical thinking

Sound research management

Independent thinking

Awareness of and skills in appropriate technologies

Effective communication: demonstrated ability to summarise, present and disseminate in cogent argument and to the accepted standard in appropriate industries, the dimensions and context of your creative project.

Critical thinking: demonstrated capacity to scrutinise, evaluate and document knowledge in the relevant field.

Sound research management: demonstrated capacity to identify and frame a research enquiry and its sub-sets, to pose methods to investigate these, and to address difficulties arising throughout the research program
Independent thinking: the demonstrated capacity to develop and evaluate a viable contention, and critically evaluate outcomes, especially the candidate’s own work.

Awareness of and skills in appropriate technologies: demonstrated application of those technologies relevant to the discipline and the mode of enquiry.

Overview of Learning Activities

Ongoing participation in Graduate Research Conferences (GRC), interim reviews and meetings with supervisor(s) .  RMIT University Library supports the teaching, learning and research of the University. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University Library supports the teaching, learning and research of the University. The Library works to meet the needs of students and staff, providing services, facilities and study space.  Further recommended reading is provided in the induction kit and through the supervisor and panel reviews.

Overview of Assessment

During your time as a research candidate you are graded as ‘NEX’. This means that the grades are withheld until such time that you are examined, recommended for a pass and have submitted your final archive.   A progress report is a written report from the chair of your panel/supervisor when you present at either a GRC or interim presentation or a written report from your supervisor. To continue with your program you need to consistently receive satisfactory progress reports.