The Master of Arts is ideal if you want to extend your skills and critical capacity in one of its discipline areas, add a new area of expertise to your repertoire, or if you are new to the arts and are looking for a career change.
The course is hands-on with a strong practical, industry and arts community focus, preparing you for a career in creative and professional practice. You will be taught by industry and academic experts who will pass on their insights and experience, and connect you to relevant industries and creative communities.
As part of this course you will undertake a major supervised creative project, which can become an important piece in your professional portfolio.
You will apply your practical skills and develop your networks by undertaking a professional placement with an industry organisation. You will also have an opportunity to engage with award-winning artists, writers and researchers through our on-campus residency programs.
Throughout your studies, you will have access to a range of purpose-built student facilities and creative outlets, such as Curtin’s Media Production Studio, painting and sculpture studios, the Centre for Culture and Technology, Grok magazine and the John Curtin Gallery.
Choose your major
You will specialise in one of the following areas:
- Creative Writing
- Fine Art
- Professional Writing and Publishing
- Screen Arts
- Social and Cultural Inquiry
If you complete the master degree to a high standard, you may be eligible to proceed on to doctoral-level studies.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How this course will make you industry ready
We provide on-campus industry and community-based initiatives to enhance your learning and skills development. You will undertake a major project under the supervision of an experienced member of staff. This project can become an important portfolio piece for many students.
You will practise your skills on placement with industry, arts and community organisations in Australia and overseas, developing your confidence and engagement with relevant networks. You will also have an opportunity to engage with award-winning artists, writers and researchers on staff and through our on-campus residency programs.
What jobs can the Master of Arts lead to?
- Arts administrator
- Audio, broadcasting or theatre technician
- Digital content producer
- Film, theatre or television director
- Media liaison officer
- Multimedia developer
- Production manager
- Technical artist
- Visualisation specialist
- Arts and creative industries
- Advertising and marketing
- Film and television
- Media and entertainment
- Not-for-profit sector
What you'll learn
- understand the discipline of a selected field in the Arts, its theoretical underpinnings, ways of thinking and professional or creative approaches; understand and apply established knowledge, principles, and professional or creative practices in chosen aspects of the Arts
- apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of a subject or project and engage critically with the subject matter to respond creatively within a selected communication paradigm
- determine what information is needed and where it might be found using appropriate technologies; make valid judgements and synthesise information from a range of sources and apply best practice in developing a professional or creative work in response to a particular situation
- communicate appropriately with colleagues, professional and creative contacts and the general public and develop communication skills across one or more media forms appropriate to varying situations
- assess the application of existing technologies as well as the impact of emerging technologies on a selected communication or media discipline to create an effective professional or creative work; develop the technology skills necessary for obtaining, assessing and representing relevant information. Decide on appropriate applications and systems for professional and/or creative needs
- understand and apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity and develop a commitment to professional research, publication or performance to engage with emerging forms of theory and practice in the Arts
- think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives and apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to one’s professional or creative practice
- acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national, and global perspectives and the impact of these the Arts: recognise individual human rights, and appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when engaging with and representing issues pertaining to ethnic and community groups
- demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively to apply them in all aspects of creative practice and production-related activities