Doctor of Creative Arts

Course summary

The Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) is for students with a high level of professional experience in creative practice who wish to extend their art form within a scholarly context.

The DCA is a challenging intellectual experience where you will produce a substantial body of work supported by a written exegesis of approximately 30,000 words. There is an integral relationship between the creative work and the exegesis.

The DCA is practice-based; you will make a significant contribution to both your creative discipline and the area of inquiry within which the work is located.

You will attend lectures and workshops on creative arts research practices and other relevant topics. DCA candidates are also expected to actively contribute to the research culture of the University.

For information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services, visit UOW's Research and Innovation website. For specific information relating to research being undertaken within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, visit the Faculty's research pages.

Course information

Study area

Creative Arts, Research

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

214

Duration

4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

087688K

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

An Honours Bachelor degree of at least 4 years' duration in an appropriate discipline at Class II, Division 1, or higher (or its equivalent) and demonstrated evidence of high artistic attainment.
Examples of high artistic attainment include publication or professional dissemination of work; grants, fellowships and prizes; critical acclaim; a track record of sustained high level professional activity; and various indicators relevant to the specific discipline.
In some circumstances, students may be required to commence their enrolment in the Master of Philosophy and seek transfer to the DCA when, and if, they achieve a suitable standard.
Supporting Information
Higher Degree Research applicants must provide supporting material with their application. Please refer to the School Research webpage for detailed information.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

The maximum amount of external credit that can be awarded at the postgraduate level is 50% of the credit point value of the UOW course.

For further information contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 (within Australia) or +61 2 4221 3218 (if overseas).

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$13,968 (2019)

$111,744 (2019)

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

An Honours Bachelor degree of at least 4 years' duration in an appropriate discipline at Class II, Division 1, or higher (or its equivalent) and demonstrated evidence of high artistic attainment.
Examples of high artistic attainment include publication or professional dissemination of work; grants, fellowships and prizes; critical acclaim; a track record of sustained high level professional activity; and various indicators relevant to the specific discipline.
In some circumstances, students may be required to commence their enrolment in the Master of Philosophy and seek transfer to the DCA when, and if, they achieve a suitable standard.
Supporting Information
Higher Degree Research applicants must provide supporting material with their application. Please refer to the School Research webpage for detailed information.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.0

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

TOEFL (Internet-based)

100

20

20

20

20

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

The maximum amount of external credit that can be awarded at the postgraduate level is 50% of the credit point value of the UOW course.

For further information contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 (within Australia) or +61 2 4221 3218 (if overseas).

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$13,968 (2019)

$111,744 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 27 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

2019 Spring

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 22 July 2019
Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate expert, scholars specialised cognitive, technical and research skills in a discipline area to independently and systematically generate original knowledge and understanding that to makes a substantial contribution to a particular creative discipline and/or area of professional practice.
2 Critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of a creative discipline area and/or an area of professional practice
3 Communicate research findings, explaining and critiquing theoretical propositions, methodologies, results and conclusions to peers and to the community.
4 Apply detailed knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute original research with intellectual independence and with full autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs.

Course Structure

The normal full-time study pattern for Doctoral candidates requires enrolment in 48 credit points per year in accordance with the table below, for a minimum of 4 years. Part-time study is also available in most cases.

Potential candidates should discuss their research plan with the Head Postgraduate Studies of the School of the Art, English and Media, at which time the supervision arrangements of the School will be outlined.

All students must attend and participate in the Module 1 workshops for CREA922 Research Strategies in Creative Practice.

Rules and procedures for Higher Degrees by Research, including the regulations regarding preparation and submission of the thesis, are listed in the General Course Rules. Doctoral candidates are urged to become familiar with both the General Course Rules and the Higher Degree Research Supervision and Resources Policy. Current policy documents are located in the UOW Policy Directory.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Choose ONE from the following:
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24
OR
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12

Submission and Assessment

Candidates for the Doctor of Creative Arts will submit their thesis as a combination of creative work and written exegesis. The submission will normally be by exhibition, performance or publication of creative work in a form relevant to the discipline and will be accompanied by a written exegesis of approximately 30,000 words in length. The exegesis may be supported by other forms as a record or explication of the creative work (for example, music scores, photographs, audiovisual recording).

Assessment for the Doctor of Creative Arts is by two external assessors.

The creative work may be in a single discipline, involve multiple disciplines or interdisciplinary variants, or explore new forms for which there is no established disciplinary base.

The creative work should be of significant scale commensurate with expectations for both the creative field and the scope of a doctoral program. For example, in Creative Writing this might be a novel, poetry collection, or play script;, in Visual and Media arts or Design this might take the form of a major solo exhibition, a series of socially-engaged or iterative works, or a portfolio of practice; while, in Music and related fields, it might include a portfolio of compositions or original recordings, a program of original live performance works, or a series of sound installations. In Performance and theatre, the creative work could include theatre-directing, theatre-making, significant studio dramaturgy, or the candidate might submit a portfolio of performance documentation as the key creative.

These examples are indicative only. In each instance the substance of the creative work will be negotiated with the supervisors and Head of Postgraduate Studies.

The accompanying written component will take the form of an exegesis focusing on such aspects as the origins of the work, structures, techniques or methodologies, lineage, and an analysis of relevant art form theory underpinning the work.

The accompanying written component will be submitted prior to, and no later than the presentation, exhibition or performance of the creative work. In some instances the written component may be submitted up to three months after the presentation of the creative work.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

As a creative arts student you will have opportunities to work and study with artists and media practitioners in a vibrant research culture, with significant opportunity for interdisciplinary and cross-art form collaboration.

Our modern studios, performance spaces and galleries provide an inspiring work environment, showcasing the work of students as well as hosting Australian and international exhibitions and performances.

The Researcher in Residence program will expose you to the work of Australian artists, writers, performers and colleagues from around the globe.

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts is internationally recognised for its excellence in humanities, social sciences, creative arts and law, ranking in the top 200 in the world for Art and Design in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.