Learning outcomes

  • A demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report independent and original research on a closely-defined project;
  • Well-developed and flexible problem-solving abilities appropriate to the discipline;
  • The ability to engage in independent and contextually-informed artistic practice;
  • The capacity to communicate effectively the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication;
  • A capacity for critical evaluation of relevant scholarly literature and artistic practice;
  • An understanding of and facility with scholarly conventions in the discipline area.

Course Description

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music has proposed changes to the Master of Fine Arts by research courses currently offered. If this change is approved, the Master of Fine Arts courses by research will become one course: the Master of Fine Arts. This will not change the course entry requirements, nor will it change the actual courses. We are doing this to simplify our course offerings and make it easier to distinguish research Masters from coursework Masters. If you have already applied for entry to a research Masters in 2019, your application will be assessed and it is likely offers will be for the new course.

Research by means of creative practice is central to the graduate programs of the School of Performing Arts, where we seek to nurture creative excellence hand in hand with intellectual rigour and depth of investigation. The Dance specialisation of the MFA invites research proposals that are centered in choreographic and performance practice, with questions focused upon broad ranging aspects of dance-based performance development and its realisation or topics that illuminate or expand upon the medium in some way.

The majority of proposals will involve research by means of the candidate’s own practice in parallel with a substantial written dissertation. While the School insists that MFA practice-based projects fulfill the rigorous requirements of academic research, the nature of the practice will vary considerably from project to project.

For example the creation of a new devised performance, the investigation through performance of the work of a profiled choreographer or a new approach to dance training. The onus is on the candidate to ensure that their practice can provide the basis for a thorough research investigation, and that the research focus can be consciously articulated in written form.

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