Master of Contemporary Art Practices

Please note that candidates applying for the Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies are not required to submit a portfolio or attend an interview. These candidates should apply by following the advice available here.

The below instructions are only relevant to candidates applying for the Master of Contemporary Art Practices.

Step 1: Apply

Australian and New Zealand applicants apply via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) website.

International applicants apply directly to ANU. General information can be found on the International students page.

Candidates should ensure that they have read the published admission requirements for the Masters program before they submit an application.

Step 2: Interview and portfolio registration

If you have applied for the Master of Contemporary Art Practices (MCAP) or Master of Contemporary Art Practices - Advanced (VCAP) program you will need to register directly with the ANU School of Art & Design for an interview and upload your portfolio and supporting documentation. 

Please begin your registration here.

Supporting material

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé: include all art and/or design-related experience, qualifications, details of exhibition participation, industry engagement, workshops completed, commissions, residencies, grants and awards.
  • Statement of Purpose: a maximum of 500 words, addressing all of the below criteria. Candidates should be as concise and specific as possible.
    • Summarise what skills and experience you have that make you qualified for our program.
    • Explain why the ANU School of Art and Design is uniquely suited to your aims. Be sure to address relevant research hubs, projects, members of staff, workshops or facilities.
    • Clarify your academic trajectory. Are you broadening knowledge in an existing focus area or diversifying your skill-set?
    • Sum up what you as a candidate can contribute to the School community. You may approach this in any way you choose (technical, academic, cultural, ideological), but make sure that you are clear and direct.
  • Portfolio: upload 8-10 images or a maximum of 5 videos of recent work.
  • Image List: comprising the details of each work in your portfolio. Include the title of the work, the artist’s name, the date, medium and size of the work; and clearly indicate your role in the making or production (e.g. photographer, designer, production assistant, printer, artist/maker).

Applications submitted without all necessary materials will be subject to lengthy delays.

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