Applicants for the Master of Fine Arts must provide the following supporting documents:

  • proof of identity and citizenship/residency, such as your passport or birth certificate
  • official transcripts for academic qualifications
  • portfolio of recent creative work (not required for thesis-only applicants)
  • research proposal
  • current CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience, exhibitions, publications

If applicable, you may also need to provide:

  • proof that your proposed supervisor has agreed to support your application and project, such as an email
  • proof of change of name
  • evidence of English proficiency (such as IELTS or TOEFL test results)


Once you have prepared your supporting documentation and portfolio you are ready to submit your application. Click here to apply online

If you experience difficulty submitting your application or uploading your documentation, please contact:

Direct Applications on +61 2 8627 8666 (9am – 5pm AEST) or (for domestic students only); or

Future Student Contact Centre on 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (within Australia), +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia) or email via online enquiry to: (for international students only).


Your portfolio should reflect your recent art practice and demonstrate the level of proficiency expected of an advanced research applicant. Please submit up to ten (10) examples of your work to date. Your portfolio can include:

  • showreel or excerpts of film or digital video work (.MOV)
  • website or other dedicated site such as a Vimeo channel (please provide the site address in a Word or PDF document)
  • digital photographs of installations, performance, and exhibitions (JPG or PDF)

The maximum file size for each document or compressed file upload is 5MB.


The research proposal is a synopsis of your proposed area of research, and should articulate the research question you wish to answer. The research question should be of your own devising, and your proposal should be a detailed outline of your topic and course of research. A Master thesis should make an advanced contribution to knowledge.

Your proposal should be 3 - 5 pages and include the following:

1. The working title of your project.
2. Your proposed mode of research:

  • Creative work and research paper of 10,000 - 12,000 words; or
  • Thesis of 35,000 - 50,000 words

3. If applicable, a description of the concept and significance of the creative work, the type of work you intend to produce, the materials you intend to use, and your minimum studio requirement.

4. A description of the aims and significance of your research paper/thesis, the artists and theorists you intend to discuss and their relationship to your concept, and the wider visual arts context for your project.

5. An outline of the methodology you will employ to gather your content and draw your conclusions, and a map of how you will complete the project within the four semester timeframe.

6. A brief bibliography identifying the literature relevant to your project.

The University of Sydney's Learning Centre also provides Writing a Thesis Proposal Guidelines