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What will I learn?

We are pleased to introduce our latest post-graduate course - the Master of Creative Industries (MCI). The MCI aims to build on your creative networks, strengthen your knowledge of applied creative research, critical thinking and to extend your practice with supervisory guidance from experts in your field. These skills are vital to succeed within the competitive creative industries - enrol with us to get ahead, and stay ahead.


The MCI is about getting YOUR high-quality creative work OUT into the world, both locally and internationally. The MCI will help you consolidate your own creative identity while simultaneously giving you the tools to position your work in the real-world arts community. This begins locally, where you will become a part of the fertile arts community that is Melbourne Polytechnic, Fairfield Campus, a rich place for collaboration and creative-centric work.

You will work closely with mentors and supervisors-leading experts in your field-to develop a major project over 3 semesters either as a fine artist, designer, writer, musician, jeweller, film maker, curator or other creative arts professional. You will incorporate and overlay your own creative practice into your study; it’s all about your choices and your creative development.

Upon completing your degree, likely areas of employment lie within creative enterprises, as an arts professional, a practicing artist, a self-employed arts entrepreneur or within the public service sector and/or academic creative arts related fields.

Become a creative arts entrepreneur, a leader in social innovation. Gain support in undertaking research in your OWN creative field. Connect with your creative arts community, both locally and internationally. Make it happen in the MCI.

There are three thematic streams:

  • Applied Research
  • Creative Practice
  • Creative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

There are three embedded exit points for the MCI, which are:

  • Graduate Certificate of Creative Industries (one semester/48 Credit Points)
  • Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries (two semesters/96 Credit Points)
  • Master of Creative Industries (three semesters/144 Credit Points)


Modes of Delivery: Mentorship, Formal Supervision, Classroom

Pathways to further study

Once you have graduated as a Master of Creative Industries you may choose to go onto further study such as undertaking a PhD in the Arts or other related field.

Career Pathways

You will find employment through creative enterprise, as an

  • Arts professional
  • Practicing artist
  • Self-employed arts entrepreneur
  • Arts in the public service sector
  • Academic creative arts employment

Which department am I in?

Department of Performing Arts



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$21,700.00 (US$ 16,201) per year
Tuition fees per semester: AUD $10,850; AUD $32,550 for the entire course

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

Start date

31 January 2022, 11 July 2022


Fairfield Campus

Yarra Bend Road,



3078, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

You must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a Creative Arts discipline or other appropriate area, such as Arts Management or Arts Education with a credit average awarded by a recognised university or TAFE.

Alternatively, candidates must have a minimum of five years full-time equivalent work or creative practice experience in creative and performing arts or in an industry position related to creative and performing arts.

English: Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0, Pearson PTE Academic 58 overall with no individual communicative skill below 50, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognized equivalency. TOEFL iBT: 83 overall (Writing: 24, Speaking: 20, Reading: 19, Listening: 20); Cambridge English Scale (Cambridge: First (FCE), Cambridge: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)): 176 overall (individual bands: 169); Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS - 3+ ISLPR overall individual bands: min ISLPR 3.

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


About Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic provides a wide range of innovative and practical courses, with personalised pathways through flexible study options.

  • One of the largest providers of education in Victoria
  • Teaches technical, further education and degree programs
  • Awarded for Excellence in International Education
  • Home to international students from over 70 countries