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Master of Creative Practice

Postgraduate communications student

Master of Creative Practice

Graduate Diploma of Creative Practice [exit point only]
Graduate Certificate in Creative Practice [exit point only]

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Master of Creative Practice allows you to explore in depth a field of art practice you are passionate about. The course integrates reading and research, a practice-based project and critical reflection to equip you to situate your own arts practice in a national and international context. The course offers the opportunity to undertake an arts-based project in a supportive environment with supervision by professional practitioners in your chosen field.

    A combination of theory and practice will challenge you and strengthen your professional capacity.At the end of the degree you will have completed a practice-based project to a professional level. Possible outcomes include exhibition, publication, production, performance or presentation.

    Graduates of this degree have an integrated body of knowledge, including historical and contemporary application, technical and related issues, that equips them to contribute to industries and the community as professional practitioners in their chosen fields. This degree also provides a pathway to further study for those interested in doctoral level study.

  • Subjects

    Students have the opportunity to undertake a supervised project in a specialised area including:

    • animation
    • design
    • fine arts
    • hybrid arts
    • new media
    • performance
    • photography
    • sound
    • television
    • text
    • theatre

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Creative Practice (exit point only)

    To exit with a Graduate Certificate in Creative Practice students must have successfully completed 32 points at pass level or better, comprising ART504/ART517 Topic Research and Development (16 points) plus any other 16 point subject offered within the Master of Creative Practice.

    Graduate Diploma in Creative Practice (exit point only)

    To exit with a Graduate Diploma in Creative Practice students must have successfully completed 64 points at pass level or better, comprising:

    Successful completion of the four (4) x 16 point subject offered within the Master of Creative Practice;
    ART504/517 Topic Research and Development (16 points), ART 506/520 Exhibition/Performance/Project/Production (32 points) plus one other 16 point subject offered within the Master of Creative Practice

    Master of Creative Practice

    ART501/ART511 Theories of Criticism (16 points)
    ART504/ART517 Topic Research and Development (16 points)
    ART502/ART518 Critical Reading and Research (16 points)
    ART506/ART520 Exhibition/Performance/Project/Production (32 points)
    ART503/ART519 Applied Criticism (16 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    Full - time

    Session 1
    ART511 Theories of Criticism (16 points)
    ART517 Topic Research and Development (16 points)

    Session 2
    ART518 Critical Reading and Research (16 points)
    ART520 Exhibition/Performance/Project/Production (32 points)(commenced)

    Session 3
    ART519 Applied Criticism (16 points)
    ART520 Exhibition/Performance/Project/Production (32 points)(completed)


    Session 1
    ART501 Theories of Criticism (16 points)(commenced)
    ART504 Topic Research and Development (16 points)(commenced)

    Session 2
    ART501 Theories of Criticism (16 points)(completed)
    ART504 Topic Research and Development (16 points)(completed)

    Session 3
    ART502 Critical Reading and Research (16 points)(commenced)
    ART506 Exhibition/Performance/Project/Production (32 points)(commenced)

    Session 4
    ART502 Critical Reading and Research (16 points)(completed)
    ART506 Exhibition/Performance/Project/Production (32 points)(continued)

    Session 5
    ART503 Applied Criticism (16 points)(commenced)
    ART506 Exhibition/Performance/Project/Production (32 points)(continued)

    Session 6
    ART503 Applied Criticism (16 points)(completed)
    ART506 Exhibition/Performance/Project/Production (32 points)(completed)

  • Admission information
    1. Successful completion of a relevant undergraduate degree* in an appropriate discipline
    2. Demonstrated professional equivalence determined on an individual basis.

    *Successful completion of a relevant undergraduate award would normally be a Bachelors with not less than 32 points or its equivalent of core discipline studies in the final year of the award;

    All applicants will be required to submit:

    • a detailed description of the project to be undertaken/investigated
    • evidence to demonstrate their capacity to undertake the proposal - visuals, manuscripts, et al.; and
    • details of the resources required to undertake the project to be outlined in the proposal submitted in the application for enrolment.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYNNOAPP
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYNNJAPR

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must complete 96 points at pass level or better.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School

    School of Communication and Creative Industries

    CSU’s School of Communication and Creative Industries have built a hub for innovative storytellers who want to make a difference. Based on Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School has an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration created through a unique balance of practical production and theoretical foundation. CSU’s courses are delivered in authentic industry settings including our state-of-the-art television studios; newsroom; performance theatres; exhibition spaces; and photography, graphic design and animation and visual effects facilities. Our courses have real flexibility - on-campus students gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities, while online students have the choice to study from their own studio or home. Postgraduate students are supervised by senior academic staff who all have substantial industry experience. The staff also have extensive experience in publications (academic journals and books), presentations at domestic and international conferences, and regularly interact with the industry to stay in touch with developments and changes.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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