Doctor of Creative Arts

Course summary

The Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) is for students with a high level of professional experience 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 documentation, usually in the form of a written exegesis of between 20,000 and 30,000 words. There is an integral relationship between the creative work and the documentation.

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

You may be required to attend lectures and workshops on creative arts research practices and other relevant topics.

Visit UOW's Research & Innovation website for information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services. 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

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

087688K

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic 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 Transfer

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

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $12,456
Full Course Fee: $99,648

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 Transfer

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

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $12,456
Full Course Fee: $99,648

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

Admission information

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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

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 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (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)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

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

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences:
26 February 2018

Applications Close:
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time.

Session Detail:
Orientation: 21 February 2018 (TBC)
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences

23 July 2018

Applications Close
29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Doctor of Creative Arts will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate expert, scholarly, technical and research skills in a discipline area to independently and systematically generate original knowledge and understanding that 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 judgment, 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.

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 be 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 Session(s)
Choose ONE subject from the following:
THES924Thesis Full Time24Autumn, Spring
OR
THES912Thesis Part Time12Autumn, Spring 

Submission and Assessment

Candidates for the Doctor of Creative Arts will submit their thesis as a combination of creative work and a written thesis or exegesis. The thesis submission will normally be by exhibition, performance or publication of creative work in another form relevant to the discipline and will be accompanied by a written thesis or exegesis of approximately 20,000 - 30,000 words in length. The thesis or exegesis will be substantially written, but may include other forms as a record or explication of the creative work ( for example, music scores, photographs, video and sound recordings).

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 explore new art/media forms for which there is no established disciplinary base.

The following is tended as a guide to the scale and style of creative work submission:

Creative Writing: Substantial folio of creative writing which may take the form of a large-scale project such as a novel (75,000 words), poetry collection (80 single-spaced pages) or play script (90 minutes duration), or a combination of smaller pieces;

Graphic Design: Major graphic design portfolio/exhibition and/or website/CD-ROM;

Media Arts: Major solo exhibition of media art work;

Music Composition: Folio of up to 10 compositions and several works that employ large resources or performance media;

Performance - Theatre: Direction of a production, the substance and duration of which will be negotiated with the supervisor/s and Head of Postgraduate Studies; significant dramaturgical analysis and portfolio of a full-length theatrical performance; or performance in a major role demonstrating high levels of technical assurance and artistry;

Visual Arts: Major solo exhibition of visual artwork.

The accompanying written component may take the form of:

  1. A thesis making a scholarly argument related to the body of creative work; or
  2. An exegesis focusing on aspects such as origins of the work, structures and techniques used, and an analysis of artistic theories underpinning the work.

The accompanying written component of the thesis will be submitted no later than the presentation, exhibition or performance of the creative work.

Research areas

Candidates may contact the Head Postgraduate Studies for the School of the Arts, English and Media to discuss supervision of research projects. Research areas may include the following:

Graphic Design

  • Print and Publication Design
  • Web, Interactive Multimedia and Motion Design
  • Graphic Design and New Media Theory

Media Arts

  • Photography, Film, Video and Animation
  • Software and Electronic Art
  • Contemporary Media and New Media Theory

Visual Arts

  • 2D and 3D Studio Practice (photography, printmaking, textiles, painting and sculpture)
  • Art History and Contemporary Theory (focusing particularly on issues of creative practice)
  • Curatorial Theory and Practice

Creative Writing

  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Script Writing (film, television, theatre)
  • Theories of Writing

Music

  • Composition
  • Digital and New Music
  • Tuning Systems

Theatre

  • Performance
  • Dramaturgy and Performance Studies
  • Direction
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-artform collaboration.

The 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 Artist in Residence program will expose you to the work of Australian artists and colleagues from around the globe.

The Faculty of Law Humanities and the Arts is internationally regarded for its excellence in Humanities, Social Sciences, Creative Arts and Law, ranking in the top 150 for Art & Design in QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2017.