Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.
|Year and Campus:||2014 - Southbank|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Duration & Credit Points:||200 credit points taken over 24 months full time.|
Dr. Bernhard Sachs
Faculty of the VCA & MCM Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
The Master of Contemporary Art is a two-year, full-time postgraduate professional degree that serves as a bridge between undergraduate study and independent art practice, as a "refresher" program for artists who have been away from formal study, or as an entry point to further tertiary education for artists who lack formal qualifications but have significant professional experience, including those of recognised ability who have been unable to undertake or complete an Honours year.
Tuition is conducted through a seminar programme and individual tutorials. Each student is assigned an Academic Advisor who is responsible for the oversight of the student's progress. The studio practice/project component is primarily conducted through individual tutorials and group tutorials/seminars. Students are encouraged to employ speculation and technical experimentation as learning strategies.
Individual tutorials provide the opportunity for one -to-one critical discussion with their advisor and other staff regarding the formal, conceptual, personal and expressive bases of the student's work and its realisation. The group tutorials/seminars are designed to generate critical discussion and debate on a more formal level with the student's peers, providing an initial forum for the analysis of the work and consideration of a range of issues surrounding contemporary art practice.
Students in consultation with their academic advisor prepare an individual study proposal appropriate to their studio practice. The program should provide a conceptual framework for development and incorporate a study plan for acquisition of necessary skills. The capstone experience to the course is a year-long studio project in second year, culminating in a public presentation in the School of Art Masters Exhibition at the end of the year.
The Postgraduate Diploma of Contemporary Art is an exit qualification for students who have successfully completed the first year (100 points) of the course should the decision be made to not continue into the second year. The Postgraduate Diploma cannot be applied for directly.
This course will enable students to develop and refine their ability to:
• manipulate and manage the materials and processes involved in the chosen visual art medium;
• express ideas and personal concerns through the chosen visual art medium;
• gather and synthesise information and other resources in the service of a personal art practice;
• discuss contemporary art practice and its personal, professional and social involvements.
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:|| |
Qualification for the award requires completion of all subjects listed below.
|Subject Options:|| |
Master of Contemporary Art
Study Period Commencement:
An undergraduate degree and/or an Honours degree in a relevant discipline and/or the Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, with at least H2B (70%) in the major; or documented, relevant professional experience, along with an interview and folio presentation. A supplementary application form is additionally required to be completed. Credit is available to those who meet the criteria as per the University’s Advanced Standing Policy.
All applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Short listed applicants will be invited to an interview during which they also present their folio. Interviews are normally held in the period October to December. The date and time of the interview will be notified in writing. The interview will be of between 20 and 30 minutes duration, and will be conducted by a panel of 3 to 5 people. The purpose of the interview is to discuss the application and view the folio.
Extra requirements for all local and international applicants
1. A full curriculum vitae detailing all relevant professional experience – exhibitions, awards, commissions, publications, etc.
2. List the names of any academic staff at VCA School of Art with whom application has been discussed.
3. A study proposal outlining the project and work program including aims and objectives and technical requirements (approximately 500 words).
4. A folio consisting of, or documenting recent work relevant to the study proposal, a maximum of 15 jpeg images or 8 minutes of video (DVD format).
|Core Participation Requirements:||
Communication: Students must be able to participate in and produce performances and exhibitions as required; they will also need to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forms. Communication with fellow students, professional and academic staff, and the wider public about their knowledge and application of practising Arts disciplines is essential.
|Graduate Attributes:|| |
On completion of this course students will be able to:
• plan and organise their own studio work and utilise time effectively to suit the demands of their developing methodologies;
• analyse historical and contemporary art methodologies relevant to their practical work;
• investigate through experiment, areas of practical relevance from a wide range of historical and contemporary sources;
• demonstrate developing knowledge of contemporary art practice, including skills and techniques relevant to their developing practice;
• communicate verbally opinions, ideas and observations with regard to their work and the work of others, in group and individual teaching and learning situations.
|Links to further information:||http://www.vcam.unimelb.edu.au/|
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