1. The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the MCA a person who:
[i] Has qualified for a Bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania or another tertiary institution in Visual or Performing Arts, Design or a cognate area; or
[ii] A person who possesses such other qualifications and professional experience deemed by the Faculty to provide an adequate preparation for study equivalent to that provided for by an undergraduate degree, may be admitted to the course. and
[iii] demonstrates during interview/audition the potential to undertake the Master of Contemporary Arts. Non English speaking international students who make application to the MCA are required to have achieved an IELTS score of at least Band 6 with a minimum of 6.0 on all Bands, or a TOEFL score of 575 with a test of written English no less than 4.5. Either test score must be no more than 24 months old.
2. Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three semesters of full-time study and not more than three years, from the time of first enrolment.
3. To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall successfully 150% of units as listed in Schedule A
4. The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with Schedule A, accompanying these specifications.
5. Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Arts and as summarised in Schedule A.
6. A candidate may enrol in up to 150% in one calendar year subject to approval.
7. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.
8. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.
Credit for Previous Studies
9. Passes in subjects or units by candidates towards incomplete postgraduate coursework studies in another course may be credited towards the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award. Students who have graduated with a BCA(Hons) award at this University may, at the discretion of the Faculty, be awarded up to 50% (equal to one-third of the total award) towards the MCA. Credit may be given, at the discretion of the Faculty, for achievements by candidates in other awards and professional practice areas at an appropriate level of study.
10. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.
11. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2006 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Master of Fine Arts and Design prior to that date, have not passed in any units towards this award by that date.
12. Candidates who have passed in appropriate units towards the Master of Fine Arts and Design under the specifications in force prior to 1 January 2006 will be entitled to transfer to the Master of Contemporary Arts with full equivalent credit, or to graduate in accordance with those degree specifications operating at the time of their admission to candidature.
13. The approved abbreviation for the degree of Master of Contemporary Arts (Specialisation) shall be MCA(Spec) where the specialisations are Theatre, Contemporary Music, Visual Arts, Digital Design and Gallery Practices and the abbreviations Theatre, Contemporary Music, Visual, Digital and Gallery. Students studying the Master of Contemporary Arts in a cross-disciplinary approach will have the abbreviation MCA.