Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years
AU $24,960 (2021 total)
Next intakeNot applicable
In the Master of Arts (Art in Public Space), you are invited to further develop your practical and theoretical knowledge in the field.
This degree brings together both education and research and encourages active collaboration between art and design practitioners and the community. You will address issues within art in public space that are central to current international cultural debate. You will gain a broad understanding of discourses and practices of public art by examining current definitions of public space, and learning to deal with the challenges that arise from such definitions.
You will explore multiple views of how art is presented and received in the urban context and address questions such as:
- Where are the spaces that enable art to be an active interpretation, rather than decoration, of the city?
- Who should define policies for public culture?
- How can art negotiate the new spaces of the contemporary public sphere, such as the internet?
As a student of this degree, you will have 24-hour access to dedicated studio space to undertake your art practice.
You will have lecturers who are practicing artists and creative practice researchers with extensive experience in their field, as well as access to expertise of a technician. You will also have access to the PS50 public exhibition program and other on-site projects that are developed with non-government organisations, government, community and cultural organisations, cultural institutions and industry partners.
Early in the degree, the focus is on collaborative projects that expose you to new ideas and methods of working. Throughout your study you will develop projects that reflect your specific interests and will culminate in a major project that is assessed through documentation in a research catalogue and public presentation at a postgraduate conference.
The Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) nurtures a cohesive learning environment by combining small group and individual practices and encouraging collaborative projects and peer to peer discussions.
The Program Development Committee (PAC) that initiated this degree - the first of its kind in Australia - included representatives from fine arts, architecture, geography, urban planning, art history and theory, and arts administration, and has helped to develop strong relationships with:
- City of Greater Dandenong
- City of Melbourne
- City of Knox
- City of Hume
- Melbourne Water
- Department of Health and Community Services
- Reutlingen University, Germany
- East China Normal University, China
You'll have the opportunity to work directly with industry partners in Australia and overseas through practical research projects.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
In the first year of this degree, you must complete the following:
- Art in Public Space Studio 1 (24 credit points)
- Art in Public Space Studio 2 (24)
- Critical Frameworks A (12)
- Strategies for Creative Research (12)
In the second year of this degree, you must complete:
- Art in Public Space Studio 3 (24)
- Art in Public Space Studio 4 (24)
- Language of Creative Practice (12)
- Professional Creative Practice (12)
Additionally, you must choose from the following electives, to a total of 48 credit points:
Choose a program structure
|Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)||City Campus||
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
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Program code: MC281
As a graduate of the Master of Arts (Art in Public Space), you will have the skills required to produce public art projects in professional environments, and the expertise to work in the field of criticism and specialised arts management. Graduates are often employed as client representatives and public art project, business and site managers.
Public art is an expanding field of arts practice that is increasingly supported by government in Australia and overseas. Due to the strong industry support, the field is continuously developing new and inventive arts practices.
Graduates will be qualified for such roles as:
- practicing artist
- cultural development officer specialising in public art
- art in public space project manager
- curator specialising in public art.
Architects and designers also undertake this degree to further develop their careers in their existing fields.
You must have:
- successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) or
- have at least 5 years of relevant work experience or professional practice.
To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application a CV and a personal statement that details your experience.
- submit the Art in Public Space selection task by 6 December 2020. Tasks received after this date will be assessed in the order they are received until 26 February 2021, unless places are filled prior. Entry into this program is competitive and for your best chance at admission into this program, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
- attend an interview.
The selection task requires:
- A statement describing your current practice. This statement could include: art, design, performance work (include any website links) and the interests you want to address with this program (maximum 250 words).
- A folio. Your folio should be a package of images that may include but are not limited to: drawings, sketches, paintings, models, photographs, and/or digital works that describe your practice. You should include a description of the concepts/ideas/context that lead to the works represented in your folio. You may upload your folio or supply a URL to your online folio or website, containing a maximum of 20 pages (maximum size 10MB). If your work is a collaboration, please detail precisely your role, and the role of the collaborator/s (maximum 200 words). None
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
If you have gained one of the following qualifications in fine art, you will be eligible for masters exemptions relevant to your qualification level as stated in the table below. Please note that credit granted towards masters exemptions cannot be transferred to an exit award such as a graduate certificate or graduate diploma.
|Qualification level||Exemptions||Remaining program duration*|
|Bachelor degree||48 credit points (equivlent to one semester full time study)||144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)|
|Bachelor honours degree||96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)||96 credit points (equivalent t two semesters full time study)|
|Graduate certificate||48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)||144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)|
|Graduate diploma||96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)||96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)|
*Duration indicated is the normal study duration; for some programs spring and summer semesters may be offered, reducing the study duration.
For more information on the type of credit that may be available to you, please see RMIT's credit policy.
2021 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$49,920.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.