Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts) (F9D)

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Time-based Research Period 1, Time-based Research Period 2
Time-based Research Period 1, Time-based Research Period 2
A Doctor of Philosophy enables a candidate to develop and use expertise at the frontier of a field of research and make a significant original contribution to knowledge through their research. 

Research is conducted over 3-4 years of full time equivalent (EFT) study* and normally results in a thesis (or its creative equivalent) of 80,000 – 100,000 words (depending on the discipline), written in English and independently examined by a minimum of three examiners external to, and independent of, the University.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts) creative equivalent may be presented as an exhibition, folio of compositions or performances, or script representing the research conducted through creative practice during candidature and accompanied by a supporting written exegesis of 20,000 - 25,000 words.

The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.

The research topic will reflect the interests of the candidate, the expertise of their supervisors and the research priorities of the School.  To find an expert in your field of interest, see the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

To apply, see the Graduate Research site: for application information.

A full time workload refers to a loading of 1.0, or an equivalent part time loading of 0.5.

A Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts) qualifies individuals to develop and use expertise at the frontier of a field of research and make a significant original contribution to knowledge through their research. 

Graduates will

  • apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge in one or more fields of investigation, scholarly expertise or professional practice.
  • acquire the capacity to formulate a research question and to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological practices.
  • acquire advanced specialist research training and provide evidence for independent thought and critical analysis, effective communication and/or expression and expert knowledge of the discipline within a broader framework of knowledge in the international context.
  • demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research and are supported in their acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.

A degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts) is awarded on the basis of a Thesis prepared under supervision that makes an original, significant and extensive contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant field of study, as judged by independent experts applying accepted contemporary international standards.


Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts) will be able to:

  • make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice;
  • demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice; and
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.


Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts) will be independent researchers able to:

  • evaluate the appropriateness and usefulness of various perspectives, methods and processes in research projects;
  • independently and systematically develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice;
  • expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning; and
  • critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas;
  • work collaboratively in a team, recognising the need for and value of complementary expertise/skill sets, and work productively with other people; and
  • communicate orally and in written form sufficient to publish and present their work,  and communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Application of Knowledge

Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts) will have the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • undertake research with autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar.
  • understand and apply the social and ethical implications of research and appropriate professional behaviour consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other relevant guidelines.

Career outcomes

In Australia and around the world, Doctor of Philosophy graduates are highly regarded as potential employees.  

The Doctor of Philosophy is a demonstration of a candidate's ability to conceptualise and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organise resources, work and cooperate with colleagues and communicate effectively in writing at a high level.  As a result, PhD graduates have the opportunity to pursue diverse career paths, including professions in research and academia, as well as a broad spectrum of professions in the public and private sector, including: practitioners, designers, curators, critics, arts administrators or the broader creative arts industries.

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Entry requirements

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students will be provided with a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scholarship of AUD $22,000- $33,000. This scholarship is provided to individual students to offset their tuition fees.

These funds are provided by the Commonwealth Government as a contribution to the University towards the direct costs of a student’s research training (supervision, access to resources or facilities at the University, costs associated with fieldwork, training in techniques and necessary coursework undertaken outside the School/Institute).

International students

2017 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $33,000 AUD*.

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.


Higher Degree by Research Candidates may apply for a variety of scholarships to assist with the cost of living, tuition fees and other research costs. For a full list of scholarships available to domestic and international candidates please visit the Graduate Research website.

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