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Master of Arts Specialisation Creative Arts (MARA)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 12 units

  • 1.5 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Stand out from the crowd

You will have the opportunity to undertake a specialised project in Creative or Applied Media, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts. To cater to your interests, you will be able to focus on your area of expertise through studio time and targeted supervision. At USQ, we will support you in further developing your skills and building your portfolio with a variety of practical and theory topics in your degree. 

Graduates can expect enhanced career opportunities in creative arts practice and creative industry with their extended expertise and skills gained from the Master of Arts (Creative Arts), along with a further opportunity to go in to teaching.  

Courses to be studied Units
Coursework courses 8
plus 2 x dissertation courses1 4
Total 12
Coursework courses 6
plus 3 x dissertation courses1
Total 12 


1 Two unit course

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 21920

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor degree such as Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Creative Arts, or other approved award at USQ or another accredited tertiary institution, with a minimum GPA of 5.0
  • A minimum of two years professional experience in the Creative Arts field. 

  • You must have completed a major in a creative arts discipline area previously or have equivalent professional experience
  • You are also required to include a report of no more than five pages, addressing the criteria below, and a 300 word description of the proposed project. Please advise the following:
    • how your proposed research will advance your professional knowledge in a manner that is appropriate to your career progression/aspirations
    • how your proposed research will evaluate and critically analyse a range of theories and methodologies pertaining to your sector/field in the creative arts
    • how your proposed research will be managed and evaluated - detail the resources you will need to complete this project (include equipment, personnel etc)
    • what your perceived outcome is for this research/project and who (other than yourself) stands to benefit from your research/project.

 Students intending to undertake research or project work should note that selection of any research topic is subject to the availability of an appropriate supervisor and students must accept faculty guidance in their selection.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.