Master of Applied Design and Art

Curtin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00301J

The Master of Applied Design and Art will enable students and professionals to reach a high level of expertise and qualification in contemporary design and art practice. The course aims to develop creative and professional skills through studies in cross and interdisciplinary design and art practice. It is suited to applicants with knowledge and expertise from other disciplines as well as those with formal qualifications in art and design. Students will learn through discussion, reflection and the production of original and innovative solutions to studio based or industrially related projects. The study program encourages independent research, originality, creative leadership and awareness of the needs of contemporary society.


Through a combination of coursework and project based units students will learn the skills and depth of knowledge required to produce contemporary design and art solutions. The program is flexible and can be tailored to suit individual interests and professional development. Students may choose to focus their studies in specialisations of 3D design, art & design studies, creative advertising & graphic design, fine art, fashion design, photography & illustration design, textiles and digital design.


  • Applied design and art

Standard entry requirements

Applicants applying for enrollment in semester one require a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution. If your Bachelor degree is in the field of art and/or design please consider applying for semester two enrollment with a credit for recognised learning (CRL). The Masters course is competitive and a high semester weighted average is required. Applicants without a Bachelor degree may be considered for entry on the basis of substantial industry/work experience in the field of art and/or design. Applicants applying for enrollment in semester two require a Bachelor degree, or equivalent, or a Graduate Certificate, from a recognised tertiary institution in the field of art and/or design. The course is competitive and a high semester weighted average is required.are required to submit a folio of recent work, CV and project proposal with their application. A portfolio should include approximately 5 to 10 samples of work that showcase your skills in art and/or design (you may include work from a variety of disciplines such as illustration, photography and painting or just focus on one area of interest). It should be collated into one pdf and include a cover page. The project proposal must be a 500-1000 word report outlining the proposed topic, background (literature review), objectives, methods, significance and expected outcomes.


Graduates are recognised by professional associations such as the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and Design Institute of Australia. Graduates are also eligible for membership in the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), Perth Art Directors Club (PADC), The Design Management Institute, and Design Institute of Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Arts Source: The Artists Foundation of Western Australia, FORM (originally CraftWest).

Study pathways

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Graduates may qualify for entry to Doctoral degrees.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Bentley - main campus Domestic: $35,200
International: $58,400
No information available Yes
  • Part-time : 4 years
  • Full-time : 2 years

Further information

Curtin University course code: MC-DESART

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