Master of Visual Arts

The Master of Visual Arts is an interdisciplinary research degree for visual art graduates and creative professionals.

The degree is highly flexible and caters for students from a variety of backgrounds. You will select a learning pathway that reflects your art practice and professional interests.

You will work within the supportive culture of a studio environment involving group discussion, and critique of each other’s work. You have access to individual studio spaces, supervisory support and well-equipped specialist facilities. Your research will contribute to diverse and emerging dialogues around creative practice.

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

  • Bachelor of Visual Arts or equivalent with a B grade average or higher in the papers at level 7 or above

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

  • Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and attend a selection interview

Admission is based on the submission of a proposal outlining the territory of exploration, and the nature of the project to be undertaken by the applicant. It is useful and usual for potential applicants to make an appointment to discuss their interests, before submitting their proposal.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

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As part of this programme you complete a 120-point thesis, which can be either a practice-based or a more theoretical research project in an area of visual arts. You also develop an understanding of research methods and ethics, and complete a number of elective papers.

Specialist areas in visual arts include:

  • Multimedia
  • Installation
  • Digital or moving image or new media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Drawing
  • Sound
  • Film
  • Performance
  • Social art practice
  • Collaboration
  • Other culturally relevant media

You study the following paper

And choose 45 points from the elective papers below

*Paper not being offered in 2019

Complete a thesis

Enrolment in a thesis is subject to achieving at least a  B- average in coursework papers, including a pass in Research Methods and approval of research proposal.

More details about papers in this programme

Search for a paper (Arion)

Email Associate Professor Monique Redmond

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1327
Level:
9
Points:
180
Duration:
1.5 years full-time, up to 3 years part-time
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:

24 Feb 2020

13 Jul 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$8,540
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 180-point programme in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$35,885
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 180-point programme in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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