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Master of Visual Arts Research




What will I learn?

With this degree, you will have the opportunity to extend your studio expertise. You will identify challenges, explore innovative solutions and advance your understanding of the concepts underlying your work and the context in which it is produced. As a graduate, you will be able to demonstrate high performance levels in your studio practice, and have developed a strong theoretical understanding of that practice.

My career opportunities

You will be prepared to play a major role of leadership for the arts community of the future. You will demonstrate high-performance levels in studio practice, have developed a strong theoretical understanding of that practice, and be an articulate advocate for the arts.

Which department am I in?

Arts, Education and Law



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,500.00 (21,35,330) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

3 June 2023

More details

Start date

17 July 2023


Southbank Campus

226 Grey Street,



4101, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For standard entry into most master degrees, you must hold a bachelor degree or higher (or equivalent) from a recognised university. ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTS: We accept the following English tests for standard entry into undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs. IELTS: minimum score of 6.5, with no sub score less than 6.0 or TOEFL: a minimum score of 575 or Internet-based (IBT) TOEFL: a score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19) or Pearson Test of English (Academic): an overall score of 58 with no score less than 50.

For international students

The criteria for admission to this program are as follows:

  • Students will be admitted on the basis of a portfolio of work and a written submission outlining the theme or issue that the studio research will address and
  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree or three years plus Honours in an appropriate visual art or design discipline with a proven research component equal to a minimum of 40CP or practitioners with substantial experience and a corresponding exhibition record will also be considered (their written submission should include discussion of the research nature of the visual work they have produced).

The minimum English Language proficiency requirements for applicants to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs are as follows: A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS (Academic) with no band score less than 6.0; OR a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based TOEFL including a score of no less than 5.0 on the TWE; OR a score of 79 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL with no sub-score less than 19; OR a score of no less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only); OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English); OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Griffith College

About Griffith University

Griffith University brings an international focus to its degrees, in line with its vision of preparing students for the global marketplace.

  • Ranked in the top 2 per cent globally
  • World-class research and industry connections
  • Generous scholarship and funding options
  • Wide range of internship and placement opportunities

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