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VISUAL ARTS

As a MADA Visual Arts student, you’ll have a wealth of interdisciplinary opportunities. Extend and complement your artistic practice with learning in arts, education, business or IT, creating a niche skill set and specialisation.

Laura Malignaggi, Emergence
Laura Malignaggi, Emergence
Romy Gattuso, Untitled
Romy Gattuso, Untitled

People

Our Visual Arts staff connect their teaching practice to their art practice. Their experience in creating and organising exhibitions, public art and artist-run initiatives allows them to foster an engagement between their students, their taught material and the art world.

People

Our Visual Arts staff connect their teaching practice to their art practice. Their experience in creating and organising exhibitions, public art and artist-run initiatives allows them to foster an engagement between their students, their taught material and the art world.

Career Possibilities

Visual Arts at Monash allows you to become a powerful contributor to the creative economy, whether you’re in arts administration, cultural programming or a career that’s yet to be created – with your breadth of skills, it’s up to you.

Artist

Artists create some of the most vital objects in human society.

Using their chosen medium, artists express themselves, challenge their audiences, and reflect their culture in important, powerful ways.

Curator

Curators manage collections of artwork in galleries, museums, cultural events, festivals and shows.

They combine criticism, design and organisational skills to bring together artworks into a cohesive whole, creating engaging, educational or thought-provoking ways for the public to interact with art.

Conservator

Conservators are responsible for preserving and restoring cultural artefacts.

They are technically skilled, deeply knowledgeable in their field, and they use advanced technology to examine and maintain the artworks in their care.

Arts educator

Arts educators have broad knowledge across multiple art forms, which they draw on to teach the next generation of artists.

They can work with everyone from primary school children to post-graduate university students, and they are responsible for guiding new artists’ talents towards success.

Monash Visual Arts Graduates

at work

Critic

Arts critics provide a conduit between art and the broader community, helping to define the role that art plays in society.

Critics draw on deep theoretical and industry knowledge of art to create a conversation that reaches throughout culture.

Arts administrator

Arts administrators are the glue that holds the arts scene together.

They facilitate and oversee the everyday operations of arts entities in government and private industry, by managing staff and budget, fundraising, organising festivals and events, and supporting the artists in their field in many other ways.

Writer & theorist

Art theorists research and write on the theory of art and aesthetics.

They affect change both in academia and in the broader cultural landscape, shape the work of future artists by teaching and guiding them, and play an important role in the social understanding of new forms of art.

Museum director

Museum directors oversee, care for and exhibit a museum’s collection.

While they are involved in the creation of specific exhibitions, they also work to acquire art and artefacts to add to the museum’s archives, and may specialise in a particular area, like like Roman-era sculpture or 20th century art.

Career Possibilities

Visual Arts at Monash allows you to become a powerful contributor to the creative economy, whether you’re in arts administration, cultural programming or a career that’s yet to be created – with your breadth of skills, it’s up to you.

Meet our lecturers
Meet our alumni

  • Artist
  • Curator
  • Conservator
  • Arts educator
  • Critic
  • Arts administrator
  • Writer & theorist
  • Museum director
  • Artists create some of the most vital objects in human society.

    Using their chosen medium, artists express themselves, challenge their audiences, and reflect their culture in important, powerful ways.

    Learn more

  • Curators manage collections of artwork in galleries, museums, cultural events, festivals and shows.

    They combine criticism, design and organisational skills to bring together artworks into a cohesive whole, creating engaging, educational or thought-provoking ways for the public to interact with art.

    Learn more

  • Conservators are responsible for preserving and restoring cultural artefacts.

    They are technically skilled, deeply knowledgeable in their field, and they use advanced technology to examine and maintain the artworks in their care.

    Learn more

  • Arts educators have broad knowledge across multiple art forms, which they draw on to teach the next generation of artists.

    They can work with everyone from primary school children to post-graduate university students, and they are responsible for guiding new artists’ talents towards success.

    Learn more

  • Arts critics provide a conduit between art and the broader community, helping to define the role that art plays in society.

    Critics draw on deep theoretical and industry knowledge of art to create a conversation that reaches throughout culture.

    Learn more

  • Arts administrators are the glue that holds the arts scene together.

    They facilitate and oversee the everyday operations of arts entities in government and private industry, by managing staff and budget, fundraising, organising festivals and events, and supporting the artists in their field in many other ways.

    Learn more

  • Art theorists research and write on the theory of art and aesthetics.

    They affect change both in academia and in the broader cultural landscape, shape the work of future artists by teaching and guiding them, and play an important role in the social understanding of new forms of art.

    Learn more

  • Museum directors oversee, care for and exhibit a museum’s collection.

    While they are involved in the creation of specific exhibitions, they also work to acquire art and artefacts to add to the museum’s archives, and may specialise in a particular area, like like Roman-era sculpture or 20th century art.

    Learn more

Current Projects

MADA Visual Arts students and staff undertake a huge variety of projects. Here’s some of what they’re working on.

Current Projects

MADA Visual Arts students and staff undertake a huge variety of projects. Here’s some of what they’re working on.

Explore more projects

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  • Posted 6 days ago

    This weekend is your last chance to view ‘Elast (i) city’ by MADA graduate Amalia Lindo at @c3artspace Free entry, convent building at @abbotsfordconvent Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

    Amalia was the inaugural recipient of c3’s New Graduate Award and in the link below, she discusses her research – and how studio c3 mentorship helped shape the exhibition’s development.

    abbotsfordconvent.com.au/...

    #monashfineart #melbourneartist #melbournegallery

  • Posted 3 weeks ago

    Monash University is delighted to announce that Melbourne artists Stuart Ringholt and Damiano Bertoli have been selected for the Monash University Prato Centre Visual Artist Residency in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

    Awarded annually, the three month long residency offers established and emerging creative practitioners the opportunity to incubate new ideas, undertake research, and engage with local institutions and industry, all from the base of Monash’s Prato Centre. Located just 20km from the centre of Florence, Italy, the Prato Centre is housed in an elegant 18th century palazzo amongst a vibrant community of artists, artisans and galleries.

    More info: artdes.monash.edu/...

    Image: Stuart Ringholt, Untitled (Clock), 2014. Clockwork, tubular bells, world globe, steel, glass, electronics, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the MCA Foundation. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. © the artist. Photo: Andrew Curtis.

    @monash_italy #monashfineart #melbourneartists

  • Posted 3 weeks ago

    Great news for MADA Senior Lecturer Dr Michael Vale – he was recently awarded the $15,000 Acquisitive Art Prize from Bayside City Council for his 2016 oil on linen work “Snow”. Vale’s piece was selected from a group of 37 finalists drawn from over 400 entries from across Australia. Curator Michael Brennan, speaking on behalf of the judging panel said that the work provides an unsettling view into the unconscious. “The viewer is left to find their own place within this complex narrative,” Mr Brennan said.

    bayside.vic.gov.au/...

    Image: Michael Vale, Snow, 2016, Oil on linen, 122 x 92 cm. Courtesy Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne.

    #monashfineart #melbourneartist

  • Posted 3 weeks ago

    Vegemite is Halal – translated and relabelled Vegemite jars by #art graduate Lara Chamas.

    artdes.monash.edu/...

    #monashfineart

  • Posted 9 hours ago

    #Repost @monashalumni
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    Today we congratulation 9 Australia Award recipients and 28 PhD candidates, who are graduating at today's ceremony. The Australia Awards scholarship program is an initiative of the Australian Government to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours.
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    #monashuni #monashalumni #graduation #congratulations #celebration #phd #australiaawards

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