Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Creative Arts

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 084126B

Level of study: Postgraduate

Summary

Become an independent and highly sought-after researcher with a Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Creative Arts at Victoria University.

PhD in Creative Arts program

We offer an advanced research program for our doctoral degree in the arts, across our research focus areas.

Conduct original research in an area of interest to you and of broader significance to VU, industry and the community. This research will inform your creative work. You will be assisted by an experienced research supervisory team.

The PhD includes:

  • producing a creative work informed by substantial research
  • an accompanying analytical written component or exegesis (thesis by creative project)
  • a component of required coursework, usually undertaken in the first year
  • participation in both formal and informal learning opportunities.

Our learning opportunities enable you to develop your research skills and other generic and transferable skills.

You will also learn to be an effective communicator through the presentation and defence of your research in a wide variety of contexts such as:

  • refereed academic outlets appropriate to your field (e.g. ranked journals, academic conferences, book chapters, monographs)
  • public presentation to broader audiences.

Research areas in creative arts

Our PhD in Creative Arts will give you the opportunity to undertake advanced study in your chosen discipline, if you are a high-achieving graduate in:

  • Arts
  • Professional and Creative Writing
  • Music
  • Screen Media
  • Creative Arts
  • Marketing Communication.

You’ll undertake a significant research (thesis) and creative project with the guidance of an academic supervisor, as well as coursework subjects in one of our main research programs:

  • creative writing (fiction, poetry, plays, memoir, autobiography, creative non-fiction)
  • visual arts (video, performance, installation)
  • journalism (print, online)
  • media arts (film, television, radio and digital media)

Conducting your own research allows you to further explore an area of interest as well as contributing to your discipline.

Careers

PhD graduates are prepared for a wide range of roles in government or the public service, community and non-government organisations and media.

Our graduates often go on to work in the following areas:

  • academia
  • journalism, writing or strategic communications
  • arts administration and management
  • government and policy work
  • community sector professional roles
  • creative arts.

Course structure

The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).

As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units, Doctor of Philosophy students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.

Students who are post Confirmation of Candidature and who are progressing well may, with the approval of their supervisor, undertake ROP8003 Doctoral Industry Project Placement as a 0 credit point elective unit, to strengthen their connections to industry and build transferable professional skills.

An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
28,000 Per Year
Read more14,000 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
Australia
28,000 Per Year
Read more14,000 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time St Albans Campus
McKechnie Street
Melbourne Victoria 3021
Australia
28,000 Per Year
Read more14,000 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time Footscray Nicholson Campus
Corner of Nicholson and Buckley Streets
Melbourne Victoria 3011
Australia

Entry criteria

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved

Address

Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
Australia
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