MR208 - Master of Fine Art

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Plan: MR208 - Master of Fine Art
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Entrance requirements

Program details

Award title: Master of Fine Art
Award abbreviation: MFA
Career: RSCH
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Location: RMIT City Campus
Owning school: Art (340H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100301
CRICOS code: 079690E

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Fine Art (Research) is a postgraduate, usually project-based, research degree. The program has a pluralistic and interdisciplinary focus and cross-disciplinary dialogue is encouraged to enrich student's experience and knowledge.

The MFA offers a rigorous, supportive and dynamic environment where the investigation of ideas and material practice pertinent to artistic research sits alongside and informs 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.

Candidates work with a broad range of media. These include installation, sculpture, ceramics, hybrid and spatial practices, sound, performance, media arts, video, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and gold and silversmithing. Candidates are encouraged to consider the artistic, cultural and social position of their research and to draw upon trans-disciplinary practices and enquiries. 

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 research.

You will undertake a major project that culminates in an exhibition, performance or presentation of work for assessment that is accompanied by a detailed proposal and visual and sonic documentation of the work undertaken during the program.

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Entrance requirements

Applicants for masters by research programs must have completed one of the following from a recognised higher education institution:

  • a four year bachelor degree with at least a credit average in the final undergraduate year;


  • another recognised award deemed to be equivalent in character and standard to a four year undergraduate degree, with at least a credit average in the final undergraduate year.

Alternatively applicants may provide evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and experience that satisfies the Dean of the School of Graduate Research or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents webpage.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents webpage (unresolved).

Selection Tasks

These entrance requirements are the minimum academic standard you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for the program. You will need to complete a selection task as part of your application. For further information on the steps you need to take to apply for a research program see the How to apply – Research programs webpage.

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