Master of Arts - Performing Arts (By Research)

Edith Cowan University ECU

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00279B

Primarily aimed at high-level practitioners from a wide cross-section of the arts community who wish to extend their independent capacity to operate in an increasingly multi-art form and technologically-based profession. Students may be required to research, devise and produce new works of art, or develop new approaches to arts practice and/or its critical and social contexts and meaning (depending on the specific research project entailed). It is expected that any such arts practice will be a contemporary expression leading towards new insights in the selected field of study. The work will be exploratory, frequently based around emerging methodologies of arts research, leading usually to a performance, presentation, exhibition or publication of significance. Specifically, the course aims to create opportunities for innovation and creativity in the arts; use the resources of the Academy to create leadership opportunities for people who can offer the arts informed direction, and identifiable and marketable skills, to advance the Australian cultural environment into the next decade; provide opportunities for people from diverse ethnic and creative arts backgrounds to synthesise disparate artistic skills to produce innovative and creative outcomes for the arts industry; and build upon and extend the traditions and conventions of the student's earlier training to create new knowledge for the arts.

Designed for

Those wishing to extend their capacity to work in an increasingly multi-art and technologically-based profession


2 Units, 240 Credit Points


  • Arts Issues
  • Performing Arts Research Preparation
  • Masters Thesis

Standard entry requirements

University admission requirements apply. All applicants are required to attend an audition. The candidate is expected to undertake an audition (all performance and directing) and/or interview (composition, musicology and other forms of historic study) for the staff in the relevant area. Information on this requirement will be available from the area head on application.

Study pathways

Further studies: Doctor of Philosophy

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Mount Lawley Domestic: $50,000
International: $62,000
No information available Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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