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Doctor of Creative Industries, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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The Doctor of Creative Industries (DCI), QUT’s dynamic professional doctorate, is nestled in the nexus of industry and research. It is the course for experienced practitioners, leaders in their field, looking to gain informed insight and expand their knowledge of the critical and conceptual tools necessary to make innovative contributions to their industry.

Coursework combines advanced critical reflection with real world projects across in-depth doctoral-level research. As a candidate you will pursue higher degree academic research with the support of your peers and the guidance of a supervisory team that includes academic and industry mentors.

Each year the course attracts highly skilled, experienced, professionals from diverse creative backgrounds. Dancers, artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, architects, journalists, publishers, designers, amongst others, find themselves working together in a community of practice. This cohort-based approach encourages and develops an ongoing critical dialogue between your research and professional practice.

Flexible delivery

Designed with you and your busy schedule in mind, the DCI is delivered across a small number of intensives augmented with online materials and support across a cohort based model. You won’t feel like you’re working on your own, and places are limited, so your work is richer.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Information Research Skills 
  •  Approaches to Research in Creative Industries 
  • Research in the Creative Sector 
  • Thesis 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • CRICOS: 069963A
  • A relevant four-year bachelor degree with first-or second-class division A honours, 
  • An appropriate masters degree
  • Two years of practice at an advanced level in a position of responsibility in the creative industries.

Alternative entry for outstanding leaders in creative industries:

  • A minimum of five years practice at an executive level and currently in a position of influence in the creative industries
  • An extensive track record of executive achievement in the workplace or in professional practice

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29200 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    29200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29200 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Brisbane

  • 1402 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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