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Doctor of Creative Arts, DCA

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Toowoomba, Australia| Online
The Doctor of Creative Arts program from University of Southern Queensland aims to produce graduates who have a sophisticated understanding of creative arts theory and practice, as well as demonstrated capacity to produce original works of art at an international standard.
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Students will acquire the ability to conduct independent creative arts research, apply relevant theories to their practice, and develop creative and academic expertise in their chosen discipline.

Program objectives

On successful completion of the Doctor of Creative Arts program from University of Southern Queensland students will be able to:

  • develop a substantial body of knowledge and make an original contribution to creative arts practice and theory

  • effectively communicate knowledge of traditional and contemporary arts practice, creative research methods and practice-led research principles

  • demonstrate expertise as a professional creative artist and practice-led researcher according to international standards

  • exercise intellectual independence and accountability involving critical and creative thinking in hybrid and/or discipline specific arts practice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Students have a maximum of 4 years (full-time) or 8 years (part-time) to complete this program.

  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

The Doctor of Creative Arts is a 24-unit program comprising two Creative Arts research training courses of two units each and 16 units of exegesis and practice courses.

Courses include

  • Research Methods in Creative Arts Practice 

  • Professional Creative Arts Practice 

  • Creative Arts Exegesis and Practice 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • CRICOS code: 091551D

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in Arts with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent, or a Masters degree (with a research component) in Arts, or equivalent, together with evidence of professional standing as an arts practitioner.

Applicants are advised to also note the following:

  • Admission by written application and artist portfolio. The application will include a written proposal of 5-8 pages including conceptual framework and research background, central question, significance, and original contribution of project.

  • Submission of a satisfactory preliminary research proposal, as determined by the Higher Degrees Review and Admissions Committee.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3430 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3430 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2710 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2710 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Toowoomba

  • 1200 - 2000 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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