Master of Arts - Art in Public Space

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

This program offers a broad theoretical and historical understanding of the discourses on, and practice of, art in public space, and provides training in dealing with the practical and theoretical problems arising from the situation of art in public space and examines current definitions of real and virtual public space. It addresses issues of art in public space which are an important feature of current international cultural debate, and examines topics such as: spaces that enable art to be an active interpretation, rather than decoration, of the city; the place of contemporary art beyond the White Cube as an active player in the public sphere; how art can negotiate the new spaces of the contemporary public sphere such as the Internet; how contemporary art can break out of the centralised space of the urban centres and energise suburban or rural space; who should define policies for public culture; and whether it is beyond the field of contemporary art to interpret the historical, economic and social construction of space.


  • Subjects studied may include: Histories and Theories
  • Integrated Project
  • Major Project Presentation
  • Major Research Project
  • Place, Space and Technology
  • Professional Practice.


  • Art in public space

Standard entry requirements

Australian undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience or professional practice may also be considered

Study pathways

This is an articulated program leading from graduate certificate to graduate diploma to master. Students may exit at these levels after successful completion of relevant subjects.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
City Domestic: $33,120
International: $43,200
No information available No
  • Part-time : 3 years
  • Full-time : 1.5 years

Further information

The program offers the experience required to produce public art projects in the professional environment, or acquire the expertise to work in the field of criticism and specialised arts management. You will attain the training to act as client representatives and public art project, business and site managers.

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