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MADA Fine Art students enjoy the best visual arts education Australia has to offer. You’ll learn from leading contemporary artists in outstanding facilities, and graduate ready to shape the future of the art world.

Sanja Devic, Detail from 'Interior Dialogue'
Sanja Devic, Detail from 'Interior Dialogue'
Darcy Stephanie Smith, stable(lies)
Darcy Stephanie Smith, stable(lies)

Career Possibilities

A degree in Fine Art from Monash University empowers you to make a difference with your work – comment on society, contribute to culture, collaborate with the brightest contemporary talents, and found an enduring creative legacy.

Artist

Artists create some of the most vital objects in human society.

Using their chosen medium, artists express themselves, challenge their audiences, and reflect their culture in important, powerful ways.

Curator

Curators manage collections of artwork in galleries, museums, cultural events, festivals and shows.

They combine criticism, design and organisational skills to bring together artworks into a cohesive whole, creating engaging, educational or thought-provoking ways for the public to interact with art.

Conservator

Conservators are responsible for preserving and restoring cultural artefacts.

They are technically skilled, deeply knowledgeable in their field, and they use advanced technology to examine and maintain the artworks in their care.

Arts educator

Arts educators have broad knowledge across multiple art forms, which they draw on to teach the next generation of artists.

They can work with everyone from primary school children to post-graduate university students, and they are responsible for guiding new artists’ talents towards success.

Monash Fine Art Graduates

at work

Critic

Arts critics provide a conduit between art and the broader community, helping to define the role that art plays in society.

Critics draw on deep theoretical and industry knowledge of art to create a conversation that reaches throughout culture.

Arts administrator

Arts administrators are the glue that holds the arts scene together.

They facilitate and oversee the everyday operations of arts entities in government and private industry, by managing staff and budget, fundraising, organising festivals and events, and supporting the artists in their field in many other ways.

Writer & theorist

Art theorists research and write on the theory of art and aesthetics.

They affect change both in academia and in the broader cultural landscape, shape the work of future artists by teaching and guiding them, and play an important role in the social understanding of new forms of art.

Museum director

Museum directors oversee, care for and exhibit a museum’s collection.

While they are involved in the creation of specific exhibitions, they also work to acquire art and artefacts to add to the museum’s archives, and may specialise in a particular area, like like Roman-era sculpture or 20th century art.

Career Possibilities

A degree in Fine Art from Monash University empowers you to make a difference with your work – comment on society, contribute to culture, collaborate with the brightest contemporary talents, and found an enduring creative legacy.

Meet our lecturers
Meet our alumni

  • Artist
  • Curator
  • Conservator
  • Arts educator
  • Critic
  • Arts administrator
  • Writer & theorist
  • Museum director
  • Artists create some of the most vital objects in human society.

    Using their chosen medium, artists express themselves, challenge their audiences, and reflect their culture in important, powerful ways.

    Learn more

  • Curators manage collections of artwork in galleries, museums, cultural events, festivals and shows.

    They combine criticism, design and organisational skills to bring together artworks into a cohesive whole, creating engaging, educational or thought-provoking ways for the public to interact with art.

    Learn more

  • Conservators are responsible for preserving and restoring cultural artefacts.

    They are technically skilled, deeply knowledgeable in their field, and they use advanced technology to examine and maintain the artworks in their care.

    Learn more

  • Arts educators have broad knowledge across multiple art forms, which they draw on to teach the next generation of artists.

    They can work with everyone from primary school children to post-graduate university students, and they are responsible for guiding new artists’ talents towards success.

    Learn more

  • Arts critics provide a conduit between art and the broader community, helping to define the role that art plays in society.

    Critics draw on deep theoretical and industry knowledge of art to create a conversation that reaches throughout culture.

    Learn more

  • Arts administrators are the glue that holds the arts scene together.

    They facilitate and oversee the everyday operations of arts entities in government and private industry, by managing staff and budget, fundraising, organising festivals and events, and supporting the artists in their field in many other ways.

    Learn more

  • Art theorists research and write on the theory of art and aesthetics.

    They affect change both in academia and in the broader cultural landscape, shape the work of future artists by teaching and guiding them, and play an important role in the social understanding of new forms of art.

    Learn more

  • Museum directors oversee, care for and exhibit a museum’s collection.

    While they are involved in the creation of specific exhibitions, they also work to acquire art and artefacts to add to the museum’s archives, and may specialise in a particular area, like like Roman-era sculpture or 20th century art.

    Learn more

Current Projects

MADA Fine Art students and staff undertake a huge variety of projects. Here’s some of what they’re working on.

Current Projects

MADA Fine Art students and staff undertake a huge variety of projects. Here’s some of what they’re working on.

Explore more projects

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  • Posted 1 day ago

    Monash University is delighted to announce that Melbourne artists Stuart Ringholt and Damiano Bertoli have been selected for the Monash University Prato Centre Visual Artist Residency in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

    Awarded annually, the three month long residency offers established and emerging creative practitioners the opportunity to incubate new ideas, undertake research, and engage with local institutions and industry, all from the base of Monash’s Prato Centre. Located just 20km from the centre of Florence, Italy, the Prato Centre is housed in an elegant 18th century palazzo amongst a vibrant community of artists, artisans and galleries.

    More info: artdes.monash.edu/...

    Image: Stuart Ringholt, Untitled (Clock), 2014. Clockwork, tubular bells, world globe, steel, glass, electronics, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the MCA Foundation. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. © the artist. Photo: Andrew Curtis.

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  • Posted 1 day ago

    Great news for MADA Senior Lecturer Dr Michael Vale – he was recently awarded the $15,000 Acquisitive Art Prize from Bayside City Council for his 2016 oil on linen work “Snow”. Vale’s piece was selected from a group of 37 finalists drawn from over 400 entries from across Australia. Curator Michael Brennan, speaking on behalf of the judging panel said that the work provides an unsettling view into the unconscious. “The viewer is left to find their own place within this complex narrative,” Mr Brennan said.

    bayside.vic.gov.au/...

    Image: Michael Vale, Snow, 2016, Oil on linen, 122 x 92 cm. Courtesy Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne.

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  • Posted 6 days ago

    Vegemite is Halal – translated and relabelled Vegemite jars by #art graduate Lara Chamas.

    artdes.monash.edu/...

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  • Posted 1 week ago

    “Midnight” – Michelle Luc’s #art works reflect dark cinematic elements drawing from noir and moody night visions.

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  • Posted 2 weeks ago

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    Detail of recent work. Swipe left!
    #workinprogress #monashfineart

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