Courses Handbook 2010

191403 v.6 Master of Philosophy (Creative Arts) - Cultural Heritage Studies


Course CRICOS Code: 061529F
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 2 Years


This professional research degree combines research and production with coursework. It is designed for practitioners intending to update knowledge of contemporary theory and current practice, recently graduated students developing their knowledge and skills in certain areas, current students continuing study for specific personal or professional goals, teachers and those intending to become teachers and students from overseas seeking creative and/or practical study opportunities in Australia.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) with honours or a postgraduate diploma in a discipline relevant to a proposed research topic. Applicants are expected to have received the equivalent of first or upper second-class honours.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning may be approved for coursework components by the Head of School for students with a Bachelor of Arts, or equivalent, in a relevant area plus either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree, or approved equivalent, in the same area, or a postgraduate diploma, or approved equivalent, in the same area. Students must also have relevant and adequate research experience together with an appropriate practical and creative production record. Students without one of both of these requirements may be required to undertake appropriate bridging units.

Duration and Availability

The course is by research and normally requires one to two years full-time or equivalent part-time study. As most units are offered only once in each year and in the required sequence of study, there is some limitation of choice for students who study part-time.

Professional Recognition

Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts are eligible for entry into a number of professional organisations depending on their area of specialisation. The MCA is designed to facilitate and accelerate a graduate's progression from, for example membership to fellowship status since that conversion is usually linked to published and/or exhibited work.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other vital study materials. The Departments will not bear the expense of projects involving unusual costs, for example, a student wishing to make a film would have to provide the film stock and fund the post-production costs, and a student mounting an exhibition would have to pay for framing and/or installation expenses.

Special Note

It is a requirement that two-thirds of this course is undertaken by research and one-third by coursework. Students should not enrol in this research degree to receive a related postgraduate diploma but rather have undertaken it as a requisite for admission.

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
11227 v.6   Heritage Studies (Cultural Heritage Management) 511 3.0 25.0
11228 v.6   Heritage Studies (Local History) 512 3.0 25.0
11788 v.4   Heritage Studies (Museology) 515 3.0 25.0
303022 v.4   Master Thesis - Built Environment, Art and Design


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Research Term 1 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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