School of Art research focuses on contemporary art, photography, sound and craft.
CAST (Contemporary Art and Social Transformation) is the School's core research group. CAST leads collaborative socially-engaged artistic projects in fields including public art, creative care and art and ecology, with a particular interest in how artistic practice intersects with issues of equity, access and democracy.
In partnership with community, industry and government partners, our staff and postgraduate researchers work locally, nationally and internationally to undertake research and present their work.
Our artistic research is exhibited at prestigious national venues such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and National Gallery of Victoria, as well as internationally at venues including Tate Modern; Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore; Museum for Moderne Art, Arnhem, Netherlands; and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art.
As a postgraduate research candidate in the School of Art, you will be supervised by experts in your field. The School of Art offers a rigorous, supportive and dynamic environment where the investigation of ideas and material practice pertinent to artistic research informs the production of art. Central to the program is a balance between studio practice and the conceptual and theoretical concerns that underpin artistic research.
Candidates engage with their peers to develop extended dialogues and provide critical support for each other’s research. Being part of the RMIT School of Art means you are part of a global community with opportunities for debate and relationships.
The School of Art offers the following postgraduate research programs:
Postgraduate research in these programs may be carried out through a practice-based project or theoretical thesis.
Please refer to the School of Art’s 2020 Project Guides (PDF 229KB) for information on current research projects in the school. Applicants are to align their intended research with one of these projects in their Expression of Interest. Each project is led by a group of experienced research supervisors, who welcome new researchers to propose independent projects that align with the overall project description.
You are required to submit a research proposal, CV and folio of works (for practice-based projects) as part of your formal Expression of Interest.
Please refer to the RMIT School of Graduate Research website for important dates relating to current admission and scholarship rounds.
As a general rule, the School of Art considers applications for a mid-year and end of year round, tied in with the scholarship timelines published on the School of Graduate Research website.
CAST (Contemporary Art and Social Transformation) is the School's core research group, leading collaborative socially-engaged artistic projects. CAST has established capability in the areas of public art, socially-engaged art (including culturally-driven social enterprises), art and the environment (Aegis network) and art and education; and emerging strengths in creative care, migration and mobilities and queer creative practices.
CAST welcomes visiting researchers to join us for a period for a specific area of research that aligns with our research focus.
In 2020 our focus is on radical ways of knowing and being, with an interest in the intersection of human and nonhuman forces, global indigeneity and the role of education as a change-agent across all of our research areas.
If you are interested in becoming a visiting researcher with CAST, please fill out this expression of interest form.
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