Fine Art - 2953

Fine Art

Research master degree

Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
  • 2 years (full time)
  • 4 years (part time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Master of Fine Art
Course Handbook

This dynamic course emphasizes research through creative practice. Principal research areas include painting, drawing, print-media, installation, sculpture, digital imaging, photomedia and visual arts. The program requires students to develop a research project that results in a new body of creative or visual work with accompanying written and visual documentation. The documentation is a commentary that outlines the development of the project and its conclusion, and provides a critical context within which the work may be viewed and assessed. The written commentary will be between 10,000 and 20,000 words, with a photographic record of the visual or creative work being bound into the document. Written work is not examined separately but considered together with an exhibition of new visual works, which demonstrate a conclusion to the research proposal at the master's level. Students must also complete a sequence of two coursework units which will guide them through the documentary dimensions of their project.

Career opportunities

Master of Fine Art graduates have demonstrated an ability to research, analyse and interpret their own work and that of others through the application of specialist knowledge and advanced technical and analytical skills. Master's graduates may be self-employed or work as contemporary artists, educators, academics, research fellows, consultants, curators, researchers and administrators in galleries and museums and a range of government and private enterprises.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Applicants should hold an Australian bachelor degree with honours (Upper H2B (mark of 65 or above)) or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution. In special circumstances, the faculty may admit an applicant who does not meet these academic criteria. In such cases, the faculty will consider your qualifications, publications (including exhibitions) and experience in the proposed field of study. Such applications will be considered on a case by case basis. All applications must be accompanied by 10 - 15 images of recent original work, clearly numbered with a corresponding list of details attached and a research proposal of 200-300 words.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Prior to submitting a formal application for a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course at MADA, prospective applicants are required to submit an Expression of Interest. Following consideration of the Expression of Interest by the Faculty, suitable applicants may be invited to apply.

Details about MADA's Expression of Interest and Application to Higher Degree by Research Process can be found here.

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 2953

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Research Training Program (RTP)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.