Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
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RMIT University is a leader in public art by taking a multidisciplinary approach to creative practice that engages critically with contemporary urban culture.
The program utilises practice based art inquiry to engage in the key issues confronting global public environments.
You’ll examine the interconnection of practice and theory and engage in issues central to international cultural and social debate. With an emphasis on work-integrated learning, you'll develop conceptual and practical skills to undertake collaborative and individual projects within professional situations.
The program suits those with skills in visual, video, sound and performative arts as well as those in the curatorial, architectural, design and cultural management fields, with ambitions to further develop those skills within their existing career or to move into practice in and about contemporary public space.
You'll explore alternative 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?
This program has a strong international focus, supported by projects undertaken both locally and overseas.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
The Master incorporates the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate qualifications.
1.5 years full time or 3 years part-time
Graduate Diploma: 1 year full time
Graduate Certificate: 6 months full time or 1 year part-time
This program will provide you with 24 hour access dedicated studio space to undertake your art practice.
You will have lecturers who are practicing artists with extensive experience in their field, as well as access to expertise of a technician as well as access to the PS50 public exhibition program and other on site projects that are developed with government, community organisations and industry partners.
Early in the program, the focus is on collaborative projects that expose you to new ideas and methods of working. Throughout the program you'll 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.
This program nurtures a cohesive learning environment by combining both small group and individual practice and encouraging collaborative feedback.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
The Program Development Committee (PAC) that initiated this program - the first of its kind in Australia - included representatives from fine arts, architecture, geography, urban planning, art history and theory, and arts administration. This program now has strong relationships with the:
- City of Melbourne
- City of Knox
- City of Hume
- Old Melbourne Gaol
- Heritage Victoria
- Places Victoria. Docklands
- Department of Health and Community Services
- Municipality of Sille, Turkey
- 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.
Graduates of this program have the skills required to produce public art projects in the professional environment, and the expertise to work in the field of criticism and specialised arts management. Graduates are trained to act 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:
- practising artist
- cultural development officer specialising in Public Art
- art in public space project manager
- curator specialising in public art.
Architect and designers also study this program to further develop their careers in their existing fields.
The program offers a rich learning experience that is global in outlook and supports project opportunities undertaken both locally and internationally, including residencies, field trips, exchanges and study tours. Students have pursued opportunities in China, Turkey, Italy and Germany.
RMIT's Global Mobility supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) students have the opportunity to collaborate and work with international artists that visit and exhibit with RMIT's gallery spaces. In 2017, students engaged in the Human Rabbit Action, part of Spanish collective mmmm's eponymous exhibition at RMIT Gallery.
Program and course information
Go public with your art.
Delve into the practical and theoretical intricacies of public art and its cultural impacts.