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Master of Arts Specialisation Creative Arts

Master of Arts Specialisation Creative Arts (MARA)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Toowoomba
  • 1.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July


  • The Master of Arts (Creative Arts) is ideal if you want to extend your skills and critical capacity and undertake a specialised project in Creative Media, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts. 
  • This degree is hands-on with a strong industry and community focus, allowing you to concentrate 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.

Career outcomes

  • Graduates can expect enhanced career opportunities in creative arts practice and the broader creative industry with their extended expertise and skills, along with a further opportunity to expand existing career pathways.
  • From entrepreneurial, consulting and teaching roles, through to employment in museums and galleries, employment opportunities are diverse. Graduates can also be involved in community projects, and undertake careers as independent artists.

Entry requirements 

  • Applicants for the Creative Arts specialisation will need to have completed a bachelor degree, such as Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Creative Arts, or equivalent, from a recognised institution, with a major in a creative arts discipline area and a minimum GPA of 5.0.
  • A minimum of two years' professional experience in the creative arts field.
  • Applicants 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 and this degree 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.

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.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 12 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Option 1

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
4 x approved courses
Total 12

Option 2

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 10
2 x approved courses
Total 12

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

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

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

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 21920

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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. Find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP. 

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


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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