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the nature of the program


Applicants should be aware that the Masters/PhD Higher Degree program offered by the Centre for Animation & Interactive Media is undertaken by research, not by coursework. It is essential, therefore, that candidates have a capacity for independent investigation of the proposed area of study. If you are primarily interested in acquiring skills through a formal taught course, then you are advised to consider either the AIM Graduate Diploma course, or the excellent TAFE courses offered within the School.


suitability of program

entrance requirements

Applicants who have previously gained a degree with distinction or higher in an appropriate discipline and/or have extensive experience in the relevant industry may be considered for MA candidature, depending on the quality and scope of the proposed research.

Candidates must present a proposal based on original research which demonstrates competence in bibliographic review, designing an investigation, gathering and analysing information, evaluating evidence and synthesising, drawing conclusions, critical self appraisal relative to the work of others, presenting information in a manner consistent with publication in the relevant discipline and the ability to carry out supervised research in the field.

the research proposal

Each research proposal is accredited individually according to its own unique aims and objectives. The research may be undertaken either by thesis or by project (e.g. publication to CD ROM, film, video or Web document, an exhibition, installation, or other appropriate public presentation).

Research at this level usually builds upon knowledge and expertise acquired during previous academic or professional endeavours. If you choose an area of research in which you have had no prior experience, then you will need to factor into your proposal a period of time to learn these skills, and more importantly, how you intend to acquire the necessary knowledge, since the Centre's program by definition, does not offer formal instruction by coursework. Successful applicants will, of course, become members of a research community which has a wealth of skills that can be shared.

Strategies which enable the program to be completed within the appropriate time-frame, form part of the applicant's proposal. If your proposal relies on moneys, resources and equipment which cannot be provided by RMIT, you will have to propose how these will be obtained.

Obviously your proposal will have to be of interest to the Centre of Animation & Interactive Media and of relevance to its research profile and expertise.

research methods subject

Unless you have documentary proof that such study has already been undertaken, a Research Methods subject is a compulsory component of this program. These subjects are available in the Social Sciences, Computer Sciences, Fine Art, and Media Arts. Further information will be provided at the Briefing Session for prospective AIM applicants.

accreditation timeline

Successful applicants need to work to refine their research proposal for submission from the date of their enrollment. Full time students have 6 months, and part time students 10 months in which to get their application for candidature accredited by the Higher Degrees Committee.

duration of study
work load

Master of Arts - full-time: 1.5 years minimum, 2 years maximum
Master of Arts - part-time: 3 years minimum, 4 years maximum
Doctor of Philosophy - full-time: 2 years minimum, 3 years maximum
Doctor of Philosophy - part-time: 4 years minimum, 6 years maximum
Minimum weekly study hours: 40 hours full-time, 20 hours part-time.

It is important that you choose a project or area of research which will maintain your interest and enthusiasm for the duration of your studies. Feel free to discuss your ideas with the staff.

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