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Master of Arts MSTA

Program focus

The Master of Arts provides an advanced-level program of study.
Students can elect to specialise in the disciplines of Anthropology,
Communication and Media Studies, Corporate Communication, Creative
Media, Editing and Publishing, English Literature, History, International
Relations, Journalism, Music, Social Sciences, Theatre or Visual Arts,
or to pursue an interdisciplinary major and research project or project
in consultation with the Master of Arts Program Coordinator. This
program involves students in an intellectual engagement with appropriately
theoretical and/or practical aspects of their chosen disciplines.
A range of research, coursework and project-based pathways are available,
depending on the discipline selected.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


1 year full-time 2 years part-time

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Program aims

This program is specifically designed for prospective students
who require professional development or qualifications upgrade. The
program also aims to produce graduates who have an advanced awareness,
understanding and appreciation of the complexities of human thought,
expression and behaviour as reflected in a specified discipline area.
Graduates will also have demonstrated their capacity for specialised
study, research and scholarship at a higher level and/or in applying
knowledge in employment or community service, and have enhanced further
their personal, cultural, creative and intellectual capacities.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of the program students should:

  • have advanced their professional knowledge in a manner that
    is appropriate to career progression

    • be able to evaluate and to analyse critically a range of ideas
      and theories pertaining to the creative arts or humanities

    • have acquired advanced knowledge, skills and competency in the
      content, epistemology and appreciation or practice of a particular

    • be able to conceive, plan and execute a project requiring research,
      scholarship, composition, and interpretation at an advanced level.

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Program structure

Depending on the discipline chosen, Master of Arts students
may choose one of the following pathways or options:

  • six courses of study comprising four units of coursework and
    four units of supervised dissertation work (20,000 words). The dissertation
    component must be completed over two consecutive semesters.

  • six courses of study comprising four units of coursework and
    four units of supervised advanced project work that could include
    work-integrated learning, professional placement, documented exhibition,
    performance or studio practice. The project component must be completed
    over two consecutive semesters.

  • eight courses of study comprising eight units of discipline
    specific (only Editing and Publishing and English Literature) or interdisciplinary

  • seven courses of study comprising six units of coursework, with
    either a disciplinary or interdisciplinary selection of courses, and
    two units of:

  1. supervised dissertation (10,000 words) or

  2. exegesis of 10,000 words on an exhibition, performance, studio
    practice, professional placement or work-integrated learning experience
    or advanced project

  3. advanced project of work integrated learning, professional placement,
    documented exhibition, performance or studio practice.

The program can be undertaken full-time in one academic year,
or part-time over two years. Part-time enrolment will normally be
coursework in year one, and dissertation and/or project work in year
two, depending on the pathway chosen.

Please refer to the Recommended Enrolment patterns for further
details on offerings from each discipline.

Please note: students must choose either the Dissertation
OR Project pathway for Masters enrolment across the degree program.
Students will not be able to change from dissertation to project courses
within this Masters program. Major studies/specialisations

Semester 3

No courses will be offered in Semester 3 and students will not
be able to commence the Masters program in Semester 3.

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Core courses

Core courses are essential to developing the skills required
to conduct scholarly activity and independent research at Masters
level. All students in the School of Humanities and Communication
(except those taking the Editing and Publishing major) must enrol

  • HMT4005 Research Design

Students taking the research pathway with four units of supervised
dissertation must enrol in:

  • MAR8001 Masters Dissertation A

  • MAR8002 Masters Dissertation B

For students in the School of Creative Arts enrolled in the
disciplines of Applied Media, Creative Media, Music, Theatre and Visual
Arts the following courses are core courses:

  • BCA8000 Aesthetic Dimensions

  • BCA8001 Critical and Creative Thinking.

All Creative Arts Masters students will be expected to audit HMT4005 Research Design as part of their MAR8001 Masters Dissertation A or MAR8003 Masters Project A courses.

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Major studies

A Major Study is a group of courses having six units in value
within the program, and is designed to provide students with:

  • specialised knowledge in selected areas of a particular discipline

  • the opportunity to develop research and/or practical skills
    in a particular discipline.

From 2011 major studies at Masters level will be available in
Anthropology, Applied Media, Communication and Media Studies, Creative
Media, Editing and Publishing, English Literature, History, Interdisciplinary,
International Relations, Journalism, Music, Public Relations, Social
Science, Theatre and Visual Arts. Note that not all majors can be
completed in one calendar year.

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