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Master of Arts

Visual and Performing Arts
This Masters by Research course sees candidates working with a Principal Supervisor, appointed by the Research Higher Degrees Sub Committee, with the approval of the School.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Ballarat - Camp St
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Camp St
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Anytime during the year
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1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(180 credit points = 1.5 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

This Masters by Research course sees candidates working with a Principal Supervisor, appointed by the Research Higher Degrees Sub Committee, with the approval of the School.

A minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 2 years (full-time equivalent), this degree is awarded on the basis of:

  • A studio component which is the practical, discipline specific investigation that is examined by an exhibition or performance;
  • A practical studio investigation supported by an exegesis of no less than 10,000 words, which explains, elaborates or illuminates the practical studio component and provides the critical and theoretical context.

Career opportunities are available within the Visual and Performing Arts Industries as professionals in the chosen field of expertise. Additionally, work may be found in related fields such as public and commercial gallery curating, teaching, arts administration and theatres.

HDR candidates are expected to commit at least 38 hours per week for full time or 19 hours per week for part-time, of study and research, on average over the life of their degree.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

To qualify for admission as a candidate to a Higher Degree by Research course, applicants must:

  • possess a degree that is the equivalent to an AQF Bachelor degree with Honours with first class or second class, first division, for entry to a PhD or at least third class honours for entry to a Masters by Research, or
  • possess a Masters degree with a relevant research component that is equivalent to a Masters degree from Federation University and an equivalent result as outlined above, or
  • submit other evidence of relevant qualifications and experience, or research experience, to confirm that the applicant possesses a level of relevant research experience and capacity equivalent to an award in either point above, and
  • satisfy such additional requirements for admission to a PhD candidature, if any, as may be prescribed by the Graduate Research School Board

English language requirement

Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0; or equivalent

Extra requirements

In addition to submission of the Masters by Research Application Form, visual artists should include ten slides of recent artwork. Performing artists should seek advice from the Arts Academy on any additional requirements.

Following receipt of the completed application form and associated documentation, the applicant may be invited to meet with the Research Coordinator (and staff from the appropriate discipline) to elaborate the proposal and provide each with an opportunity to ask questions and provide additional information.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: AU9

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Full Fee-paying Place

$22,680 tuition fee

If you're offered a Full Fee-Paying place, your fees are not subsidised by the Australian Government, and you contribute the full cost of your course.  Tuition fees are based on the course annual fee for 1 EFTSL (120 credit points).  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses, the certificate fee is displayed. 

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only. It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  Total cost will vary depending on your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive. 

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

Domestic students undertaking a higher degree by research may be eligible to receive a Research Training Program (RTP) funded place.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

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The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Graduate Research School

Course coordinator

Carole Wilson