200 point program
2 years full-time / 4 years part-time
30 September for commencement in Semester 1 the following year.
The Selection Committee will evaluate your ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria.
- An honours degree with at least H2A (75%) average, including a major relevant to the stream to which entry is sought, or equivalent; or
- A relevant undergraduate degree with at least H2A (75%) average and at least two years of documented work experience relevant to the stream to which entry is sought; or
- An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least five years of documented work experience relevant to the stream to which entry is sought; or
- At least five years of documented relevant work experience related to the stream to which entry is sought and demonstrating outstanding artistic ability, together with evidence of ability in academic writing and research or scholarship appropriate for postgraduate study;
- Performance in one or more of an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation, as prescribed by the Academic Board for the stream to which entry is sought.
You must also meet the University's English language requirements.
All MFA applications for the VCA must be accompanied by a research proposal. The MFA research proposal (1000 words) of the proposed research project must include:
- Statement of the project's central concern(s) or 'Research Question',
- Your aims and objectives;
- An outline of the approaches you intend to take and what you intend to do;
- An argument for the relevance and importance of the study;
- Description of the nature of the final submission – the form that the body of creative work will take and how it will be presented; the nature of the dissertation and its relationship to the body of creative work;
- Bibliography - identify some of the key literature, artworks and/or practices that inform your proposed project.
Folio of creative works
Please submit a folio containing a maximum of 10 images or 8 minutes of video in a Powerpoint or on a CD-ROM or DVD as supporting material with an accompanying List of Works in your printed application materials.
At the time of interview, applicants are additionally required to present physical examples of their work where this is possible.
- CD-ROM or DVD image folio MUST be supplied.
- Digital images must be saved as JPEG files on CD-ROM or DVD. No single image should exceed 1mb. Recommended resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels, 72dpi.
- It is suggested that video, sound and film-based artists make a compilation DVD of their work. Video works must be submitted as QuickTime files on CD-ROM or DVD.
- All files must be numbered to correspond to a separate listing of the title, date, medium and dimensions of each work. Please include this List of Works in your printed application materials.
- Please check all disks before submission to ensure they play as intended. Disks are to be labelled clearly with your full name.
Note: Weblinks to online content or image files are not suitable and cannot be viewed by the Selection Committee.
Submit your Application
Please ensure you include academic transcripts, research proposal (where required), instrument (where required), proof of identity, evidence of English proficiency, previous publications and referees' reports with your application. Uploads must be 6MB or smaller, pdf files are preferred.
Additional application material, such as folios, audition DVDs and the like can be submitted as follows:
- upload to the admissions system (Max 6MB, will only accept Word, Acrobat, Jpeg, Excel and Tif files).
- email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- upload to a cloud service and email email@example.com with the link
- send the folio direct to the faculty at:
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Graduate Research Admissions
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Research Office
University of Melbourne
- Hand your folio directly to the Research Office in the Old Police Hospital building on the corner of StKilda Rd and Southbank Bde, enter the building and use the phone to ring the research office.
Please ensure you clearly write your name and the course you are applying for on the front of any submission.
Interviews and auditions
Your application will be reviewed by our Selection Committee. If you are shortlisted, the Research Office will contact you after the application closing date with an interview time (interviews are normally held in November). If you are unable to attend the interview in person, your application and supporting material (as outlined above) will provide the basis for an online or telephone interview.
Your interview will take 30 minutes and be conducted by a panel of 3 to 5 people. The purpose of the interview is to discuss your application and assess your suitability for the course.
You should be prepared to discuss your research proposal and portfolio.
Specific points the panel may consider are:
- The relevance of the research proposal in the context of a studio-based program
- Your general and specific knowledge/engagement with contemporary art
- Your level of technical and conceptual ability in the production of artworks
- Your track record and academic achievements.