Master of Arts

This Masters by Research program 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
(180 credit points = 1.5 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course

This Masters by Research program 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.


Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)

To be eligible for admission as a candidate for a masters by research degree a person must:

  • have graduated with or qualified for a four-year honours bachelor degree, or degree with honours, at least second class honours level, that included a dissertation demonstrating the ability to undertake research at masters level; or
  • hold qualifications and/or have demonstrated skills, experience, research, or publications which are assessed as being at least equivalent to the qualifications above.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements will be required to undertake an additional program of study equivalent to a fourth year of advanced undergraduate study and research in the relevant field.

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.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: AU9

CRICOS code: 044995K

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full Fee Paying

$21,600 annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Domestic fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

Fee assistance

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

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

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

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, 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

School of Arts

Course coordinator

Carole Wilson