Master of Fine Arts (research)

This specialist degree provides a high-quality academic qualification in the theory and practice of the fine arts that carries credibility both nationally and internationally and empowers artists in their pursuit of national and international recognition. The Master of Fine Arts differs from other fine arts degrees in that it assumes a high level of both theoretical and practical expertise in fine arts. Students without this background are required to do preliminary work.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Fine Arts (research)
Award abbreviation
MFA
Course code
25740
Course type
master's degree by research (thesis and creative work)
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Graduate Research School
CRICOS code
013801D

Course details

Intake periods
Throughout the year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Fees
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Enquiries and course advice

Course advice
Graduate Research and Scholarships Office
6488 2807
pghelp-grso@uwa.edu.au

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Extracted from Master of Fine Arts (research) rules

3. A student must present for examination—

(a) an exhibition of original artwork showing technical accomplishment and imaginative resource;

and

(b) a thesis on an aspect of arts theory, history or criticism, the title and subject matter of which are proposed by the student and require the approval of the Board of the Graduate Research School.

4. The thesis must not exceed 25,000 words, excluding tables, footnotes, endnotes, appendices and other illustrative matter.

5.(1) A full-time student for the degree must submit to the Board for approval the details of the thesis and the proposed form of the exhibition within four months of the date of first enrolment in the program, or the equivalent period as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

(2) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the details submitted under (1).

(3) A student must present an exegesis of the exhibited artwork, for which no result is given, which must not exceed 5000 words.

(4) The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must, at least one week prior to the date of the opening of the exhibition, provide the exegesis to the examiners.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Definitions

In these Rules, unless the context suggests otherwise—

the Board is the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function;

work means scholarly writing or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean music composition or music recitals or exhibitions or recordings or scholarly documentation of exhibitions or recordings.

Applicability of the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School and the University's Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School apply to the Master of Fine Arts except as set out in the rules which follow.

(2) The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

1.A(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

(4) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (3) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

Admission

2. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must—

(a) have completed the requirements for the degree of bachelor in an appropriate subject area from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Board;

and

(b) have completed the requirements for a qualification in Art Practice from a recognised tertiary institution, or be judged by the Board, having regard to the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, to have equivalent practical expertise and professional standing;

and

(c) be able to satisfy the Board that they have the general ability to complete the course and the special ability to prepare and present a thesis.

Course requirements

3. A student must present for examination—

(a) an exhibition of original artwork showing technical accomplishment and imaginative resource;

and

(b) a thesis on an aspect of arts theory, history or criticism, the title and subject matter of which are proposed by the student and require the approval of the Board of the Graduate Research School.

4. The thesis must not exceed 25,000 words, excluding tables, footnotes, endnotes, appendices and other illustrative matter.

5.(1) A full-time student for the degree must submit to the Board for approval the details of the thesis and the proposed form of the exhibition within four months of the date of first enrolment in the program, or the equivalent period as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

(2) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the details submitted under (1).

(3) A student must present an exegesis of the exhibited artwork, for which no result is given, which must not exceed 5000 words.

(4) The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must, at least one week prior to the date of the opening of the exhibition, provide the exegesis to the examiners.

Examination

6.(1) The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must, at least two months prior to the date of the opening of the exhibition, notify the Board of the details of the exhibition referred to in Rule 3(a), including the date, venue, type of works and other relevant information.

(2) The exhibition is examined by an Examining Committee consisting of the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, or approved nominee, and two examiners external to the University.

(3) The Examining Committee is appointed by the Board, on the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts.

(4) The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must advise the Board at the time of nominating the external examiners of the name of any approved nominee attending the examination in lieu of the Dean.

(5) The Examining Committee must forward to the Board a joint report and recommendation for classification.

(6) If the Examining Committee cannot achieve consensus, the external examiners must produce independent reports and recommendations for classification and the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts will produce an overall recommendation for classification based on the two independent reports.