MC079 - Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)

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Plan: MC079 - Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)
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 Arts (Art in Public Space)
Award abbreviation: MA(ArtPSp)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1.5 years full-time-Masters
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Art (340H)
Owning school URL:
Partnered offering / Corporate client: N/A
ASCED code: 100301
CRICOS code: 022048B

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Purpose of the Program

In this program you are invited to add to your knowledge of theory and practice in Art in Public Space.  You are given the opportunity to contribute to the diversity of practice in this field where you may explore commissioned or uncommissioned work and through this, contribute to the evolving practice in this field.

This program is one of the first of its kind in the world and the most comprehensive in course content and structure. It brings together both education and research and encourages active collaboration between art and design practitioners and the community. You will address issues within art in public space that are central to current international cultural debate.You willl gain a broad theoretical and historical understanding of discourses and practices of public art examining current definitions of real and virtual public space and training you to deal with the practical and theoretical problems that arise from such definitions in relation to art.

You’ll explore alternative views of how art is presented and received in the urban context and address questions such as:

  • Where are the spaces that enable art to be an active interpretation, rather than decoration, of the city?
  • Who should define policies for public culture?
  • How can art negotiate the new spaces of the contemporary public sphere such as the internet?

The content of this program is global in outlook. International opportunities available to you include residencies, field trips, exchanges and study tours. Students have recently taken advantage of such opportunities in China, Italy and Turkey. The capstone experience of the program wikll bring together your comprehensive research and catalogue in a presentation at the Art in Public Space postgraduate conference.

As a graduate of this program you will have the skills required to produce public art projects in the professional environment and the expertise to work in the field of criticism and specialised arts management. Graduates from this program are employed as client representatives and public art project, business and site managers.

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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 in a relevant discipline, or its equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience or professional practice may also be considered.

International English language requirements can be found here:

    Extra requirements: Applicants must present their folio to a selection panel.

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    External accreditation and industry links

    In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in fine art. The program is regularly monitored through the School's Program Advisory Committee, which consists of external Arts Industry professionals, advising the School in facilitating a program that is relevant to the field of Fine Art, both nationally and internationally.

    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.

    This program is developed in close co-operation with industry partners in Australia and overseas. Partners include:  Australia - Local, State and Federal Government, and architectural firms. Overseas bodies with whom we collaborate are found in the following countries:  China, Italy, Turkey, New Zealand, USA, and Mexico.

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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 art materials, 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.

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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

    Students enrolled in the School of Art are entitled to access to computer laboratories throughout the University.  Students need to be enrolled and have an active NDS account.  For location details

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