Postgraduate Programmes

MA Visual Arts

1. Rationale

The Visual Arts are well-known to be a fast changing field with new ideas, technologies and methodologies developing rapidly and challenging previous ones. In view of the above and in view of the needs of the country over the next decades, a Master's Degree is being offered to students who already have an undergraduate degree in the field.

2. Objectives

The MA Visual Arts will equip the students with the skills and competencies necessary for professional practice in the visual arts and related cultural industries at local, regional and international levels.

3. Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the students will have been exposed to recent trends in the Visual Arts and will have received training that will empower them to be the new generation of Mauritian artists, fully equipped to raise the standards of the local art scene to the next level

4. General Entry Requirements

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree with:

  • At least a second class or 50% which ever is applicable or
  • A GPA not less than 2.5 out of 4 or equivalent, from a recognized higher education institution
  • Or alternative qualifications acceptable to the Mahatma Gandhi Institute/ University of Mauritius.

    5. Programme Requirements

    B.A Fine Arts or an alternative qualification acceptable to the Mahatma Gandhi Institute/ University of Mauritius.

    6. General and Programme Requirements – Special Cases

    The following may be deemed to have satisfied the General and Programme requirements for admission:

    1. Applicants who do not satisfy any of the requirements as per Regulations 2 and 3 above but who submit satisfactory evidence of having passed examinations, which are deemed by the Senate to be equivalent to any of those listed.
    2. Applicants who do not satisfy any of the requirements as per Regulations 2 and 3 above but who in the opinion of Senate submit satisfactory evidence of the capacity and attainments requisite to enable them to pursue the programme proposed.
    3. Applicants who hold a full practicing professional qualification obtained by examination.



     Minimum (Years)Maximum (Years)
    Master’s Degree 2 2
    Postgraduate Diploma 2 4
    Postgraduate Certificate 1 2

    8. Credits per Semester

    Minimum 3 credits subject to regulation 6

    9. Minimum Credits required for Awards

      Core modules Dissertation Exhibitions Electives Total
    Master’s Degree 18 credits 9 credits 9 credits 6 credits 42 credits
    Postgraduate Diploma 18 credits       24 credits
    Postgraduate Certificate 15 credits       15 credits

    8. Assessment

    1. Theory modules will carry 100 marks, out of which 30% will be from continuous assessment (CA).
    2. Practical modules will carry 100 marks, out of which 50% will be from continuous assessment (CA).
    3. A practical examination or a two-hour written examination per module will be set at the end of each semester, unless otherwise stated. Duration of practical examination will range from 6 hours to a maximum of 20 hours spread over a minimum of 5 days, depending on the nature of the module.
    4. Continuous assessment will be based on practical and/or written assignments with at least one class test.
    5. For a student to pass a module, an overall total of 40% for continuous assessment (CA) and Written (WE) or Practical Examination (PE)components would be required.
    6. There is no level attached to modules, i.e. each module carries its credit value.
    7. Modules MVA 5000 and MVA 6000 will be assessed by display of works and Viva voce.

    Submission Deadlines for Dissertation

    • First Draft: End of July in the Final Year
    • Final Copy: Last working day of August in the Final Year.

    9. Choice of electives

    Students will be required to submit their choice of electives in order of priority by the middle of Semester I of the year I.

    The University reserves the right not to offer a given elective module if the critical number of students is not attained and / or if there are resource constraints. Additional electives may also be offered depending on availability of resources.

    10. Important Note

    Students are advised to consult the “General Information to Students’ booklet available at the Registrar’s office of the University of Mauritius or at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute library for further details, or the website of the University of Mauritius.


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    Interdisciplinary Studio Practicum I
    Interdisciplinary Studio Practicum II
    Critical Issues in Contemporary Art II
    Curatorial Studies Exhibition Project

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