Master of Contemporary Art

  • CRICOS code: 075494G

Where will this take me?


Graduate pathways

Upon completion of the program, graduates can select to undertake further study in one of our research master degrees.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, graduates will have developed:

  • Expert skills in planning and organising their own studio work and utilising their time effectively to suit the demands of their developing methodologies
  • Ability to analyse historical and contemporary art methodologies relevant to their practical work
  • Advanced skills in investigating through experiment, areas of practical relevance from a wide range of historical and contemporary sources
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art practice, including skills and techniques relevant to their developing practice
  • Advanced communication skills in articulating verbally opinions, ideas and observations with regard to their work and the work of others, in group and individual teaching and learning situations.

Ravi Avasti

Meet our graduate Ravi Avasti

Kyneton based Ravi Avasti completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2018. He was awarded the Fiona Myer White Story Residency for his work in the Masters exhibition and held a solo exhibition Little Fleas at Grau Projekt, Melbourne, in 2019. Avasti shares how his art practice was influenced by the VCA art community and where he sees himself in five years.

Has your understanding of art (and your own practice) changed since being at the VCA? 
Prior to my time at the VCA, I was focussed on making and viewing "my kind of art". The Master of Contemporary Art course requires a much broader and more generous approach than that, which really opened my eyes to the practices of others, and my place within the wider community. The input of my peers and teachers through rigorous seminars was absolutely invaluable in helping me begin to crystallise my understanding of, and develop a robust dialogue around, my own practice.

What are the challenges?
I have worked by myself for many years, so becoming a member of a community and stepping outside an exclusively autonomous working practice was an interesting process. The benefits of making the change were astonishing though, and the sense of support and community that I found has continued well beyond the completion of the course. It can also be difficult to structure life around the requirements of the course, and then find the discipline to follow that structure!

What are your goals for the next few years? 
I will continue to make and exhibit work, and read and write, while being a partner and dad. I also intend to spend the next couple of years questioning my practice, with a view to forming a "question" that warrants exploration through a PhD.

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