Master of Fine Art (By Research)

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

This dynamic course emphasises research through creative practice. 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 level.

Designed for

Artists wanting to further develop their studio skills and pursue focused critical analysis


The course consists of an original research project, creative or visual works and documentation, and completion of two coursework units (research methods, and theory workshop), which will guide them through the methodological and documentary dimensions of their project.


  • Digital imaging
  • Drawing
  • Installation
  • Painting
  • Photomedia
  • Printmedia
  • Sculpture
  • Visual arts

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree with honours (at least Upper H2B) or equivalent
  • Or qualifications, publications (including exhibitions) and experience
  • 10-15 images of recent original work
  • Research proposal of 200-300 words.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Gippsland (Churchill) No
  • Part-time : 4 years
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Online/Off-campus

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