MC078 - Master of Fine Art

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Plan: MC078 - Master of Fine Art
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Fine Art
Award abbreviation: MFA
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: One year full time or 2 years part time. This is an accelerated program, offered over three semester
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Art (340H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100301
CRICOS code: 022049A

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Fine Art is a postgraduate professional practice degree offering study in areas such as sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sound, video, ceramics and gold and silversmithing. The program has a pluralistic and interdisciplinary focus and cross-disciplinary dialogue is encouraged to enrich your experience and knowledge.

The program offers you a rigorous, supportive and dynamic environment where an investigation of issues pertinent to contemporary art practice sit alongside and inform the production of art.  Central to the program is a balance between studio practice and the conceptual and theoretical concerns that underpin the making of art.

Through studio based learning and independent research you will develop the skills to locate your artwork within appropriate contemporary, conceptual and theoretical contexts.  You will engage with new developments in artistic production and their associated discourses while at the same time building a body of artwork that demonstrates a level of technical and conceptual excellence in contemporary art practice.

The program attracts candidates from diverse backgrounds, age groups and nationalities, including leading art practitioners, students graduating directly from undergraduate programs and artists returning to postgraduate study to enliven their practice. You will engage with your peers to develop extended dialogues and provide critical support for each other’s practice.

The capstone experience of the course is a major project that culminates in an exhibition of work for assessment, accompanied by a detailed proposal and visual documentation of the work undertaken during the program.

Successful completion of the program will give you a pathway to higher degree research and see you prepared to work in national and global contexts as a practising artist.

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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including DR208 - PhD (Art) (;ID=DR208) subject to this program's entrance requirements.



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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants with significant work experience or studio practice may also be considered.

International English language requirements can be found here:

English language requirements and equivalency information. (

Extra requirements: Applicants must complete and submit a pre-selection kit, which includes a folio component. Short-listed applicants will be required to present their folio to a selection panel.

The folio should consist of the following:

  • For ceramics, drawing, fine art photography, gold and silversmithing, printmaking, painting or sculpture - 10-20 images of work. 
  • For sound, applicants are required to supply a compiled selection of work/s of no more than 10 minutes. 
  • For media arts, applicants are required to supply a compiled selection of work of no more than 10 minutes.
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External accreditation and industry links

There are no professional bodies that accredit programs in fine art in Australia.

The School of Art has many close links with creative industries which take a variety of forms. Academics in the School are practising professional artists, writers, historians and curators maintaining strong linkages within national and global Fine Art practice and the community. External industry experts and speakers are regularly invited to speak to staff and students through a number of fora.

MFA candidates have successfully undertaken international residencies in Krems Austria, worked on projects in China, Japan and the USA. They are regularly curated into high profile exhibitions.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs related to your art practice.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Other resources
As an enrolled School of Art student with an active NDS account you can access computer laboratories throughout the University. For location details go to There are also computers for you as a School of Art postgraduate student located in Building 49 level C and Building 39 level 2.

Technical Assistance
The technical officer Mr Alan Roberts is available to you for technical assistance.
Office Location: Building 49 Level C
Phone 0409 772 744

Production Facilities and Equipment
As an enrolled student you wiil be given an individual studio space for two years.  You wll also have access to a range of facilities across the school to support your area of practice from light fabrication workshops, AV studios, computer labs, AV recording equipment, ceramics and gold and silver-smithing studios, large format photo printing facilities, and printmaking studios. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The University Library has extensive resources for Art students and has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies []. Upon your enrolment you will also be provided with an extensive MFA searchable reading list.

You can loan equipment from:
DSC Audio Visual Tech Services
Office Location: Building 8 level 7 room 91
phone: 9925 3419

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides resources and opportunities to help you to  achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online for:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance - if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  The Ngarara Willim Centre offers ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

You can find more information at

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