Public Art - F4002

Public Art

Graduate certificate

The Graduate Certificate of Public Art at Monash prepares you for success in the nuanced landscape of public art commissions. Our course arms creatives with the skills to negotiate the public art domain from concept through to completion.

Public art is a burgeoning field that can open up complex and inclusive ideas of where we are as a society. This intensive, 6-month course has been developed to make public art opportunities easier to access. It has been designed to create the channels you need to negotiate in real terms, and generate the confidence for you to communicate your ideas.

The course will build your ability to think critically and deeply about context, give you a capacity to communicate ideas effectively, and develop skills to collaborate with large groups of people from a range of different disciplines.

Guided by some of Australia’s most influential artists, designers and academics working in the field, you will gain theoretical and technical skills and detailed knowledge of processes and techniques for tendering submissions.

You’ll gain an understanding of historical and theoretical context in engaging public art; from the perspective of public monuments, through the various practices of the 20th century to more recently, and public art’s function in proactive social commentary.

As part of the coursework, you’ll have access to expert knowledge in writing strategic plans, putting together finance, insurance, right through to imaging their concept and 3D rendering.

You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to successfully navigate complex procedures with councils, government agencies, funding bodies, private companies and other stakeholders, as well as detailed knowledge of processes and techniques for tendering submissions.

Your learning will take place in the collaborative Monash Art Projects (MAP) studio, led by Professor Callum Morton, Director of MAP and celebrated artist of renowned public artworks.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in public art, not just artists interested in breaking into making public artworks. In the past, we have had architects, urban planners, artists, engineers and a drone pilot. It can equally appeal to someone working in council or a festival director or curator. The diverse makeup of the cohort makes for an interesting cross-section of creatives who collaborate and feed off each other.

At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • 0.5 years (full time)
Start date
First semester (February), Second semester (July)
Graduate Certificate of Public Art
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

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

Applications close for the mid-year (Semester 2) intake on 7 July. Late applications may be considered subject to availability.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with minimum 60% average with at least 2 years work experience in art, design (communication, interior, interaction), architecture, curation, urban theory, urban planning, landscape architecture, or related fields that work in the public space.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

A statement of intent (300-500 words) Compilation of evidence of creative work (images, text, photos, drawing etc) - 10 pages maximum

Assessments / written submission

Selection criteria

  • A statement of intent (300-500 words)
  • Compilation of evidence of creative work (images, text, photos, drawing etc) - 10 pages maximum

The course comprises 24 points and develops across three themes: Research and practice studio, Art history and theory, and an Elective.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code F4002


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code F4002


Self assess for credit eligibility

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


Fees are subject to change annually.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Full fee

Total fee for this 24 credit point (6 month full-time) course.


The equivalent fee for a 48 credit point (12 month full-time) course would be A$26,300


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

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