We offer three different Master’s by Research. Pursue your passion in a supportive environment while working with some of the brightest minds.
Ideas and concepts are the basis of innovation in art and design, and practitioners need to be able to assess where their work sits within contemporary intellectual discourse.
The Master of Arts program is offered in the theory of art and design and focuses on the contextual study of art and design practice. Students explore the intellectual and historical context of art and design, posing critical questions, forming value judgments and articulating their ideas within an imaginative framework.
Supervision is available across a number of fields, including aesthetics; art history; art criticism and European and Australian visual culture. The program requires students to develop a comprehensive written proposal that outlines their proposed project, places the research within the context of the scholarly literature and outlines the proposed methodology.
Students will be examined entirely on the basis of the written paper. The thesis should be between 30,000 and 40,000 words.
Monash’s research program in design includes two coursework subjects to assist with the research methodology and to help develop and focus the research. The core aim of the program is the development of a new body of work, informed by the social need and imaginative potential of design within the selected field of inquiry.
The Master of Design (by research) will enable designers to enhance their professional practice, by reconciling creativity with systemic methodologies, positioning them as thought leaders in their field.
For artists who are passionate and committed to their practice, capable of independent analytical thought, and who are informed about the context and role that the visual arts play in the formation of contemporary culture.
Graduates from the Master of Fine Art research program have made significant contributions to Australian visual culture. Many participate in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and have received prestigious awards and research grants.
Through studio-based research, candidates will contribute to the advancement of visual culture by developing a curiosity beyond the conventional, testing and initiating new ideas and methods for art production and experimenting and exploring concept and form.
In addition to their research, students must complete two coursework units to guide them through the discursive and documentary aspects of their project.
The relationship with your supervisors is at the heart of your research experience. MADA supervisors are experienced practitioners, not simply academics. Many of them come from a background as professional artists, designers or architects.