Master of Philosophy (Creative Arts & Communication)

Course summary

The Master of Philosophy (Creative Arts & Communication) is a flexible course that provides a bridge towards doctoral level study. You may pursue purely scholarly research or a combination of creative and scholarly research. The course is suited to experienced creative arts practitioners who wish to extend their practice within a scholarly context. It is also appropriate for applicants with an excellent undergraduate creative arts background who wish to extend their scholarly and/or creative skills.

The degree comprises 24 credit points of coursework and a 72-credit point thesis. Advanced standing for the coursework component of the degree may be awarded, which will determine the appropriate entry point.

As a guide, submission by thesis only will be in the range of 35,000 to 45,000. The submission of creative work will normally be by exhibition, performance or presentation in the chosen area of practice, supported by one of the following:

  • An exegesis (approximately 15,000 words) focusing on aspects such as origins of the work, structures and techniques used, and artistic theories underpinning the work.
  • A short dissertation (approximately 15,000 words) that makes a scholarly argument linked to but not dependent on the body of creative work.

The How to Apply: Higher Degree Research website provides information on the additional supporting information that must be included with your application.

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

Communications & Media, Creative Arts, Research

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1353

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

2 years full time (4 sessions) or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

078336J

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.

Supporting Information

Higher Degree Research applicants must provide supporting material with their application. Please refer to the Future Students: Postgraduate website 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.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $12,456
Full Course Fee: $49,824

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.

Supporting Information

Higher Degree Research applicants must provide supporting material with their application. Please refer to the Future Students: Postgraduate website for detailed information.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $12,456
Full Course Fee: $49,824

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

Candidates graduating from the Master of Philosophy will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills in a discipline area to plan and execute a substantial piece of research that makes a contribution to knowledge;
  2. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts, and theories;
  3. Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions to peers and to the community;
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute a substantial piece of research with a high level of autonomy, accountability, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs. 

Course Structure 

Master of Philosophy (Law)

The degree comprises a coursework component (24 credit points) and a research component (72 credit points). The coursework component will comprise subjects approved by the Head of Postgraduate Studies (HPS) and will provide students with training in the theories and methodologies which inform their research area.  This training includes theoretical perspectives as well as an introduction to research techniques and work towards a detailed proposal leading up to the thesis.

International candidates are required to complete RESH900 (Fundamentals for HDR Writing), unless waived by the HPS.

Candidates are required to successfully complete the coursework component of the MPhil. The thesis topic will be determined in consultation with supervisor/s and the HPS.

A transfer from the MPhil to the PhD may be possible after successful completion of the coursework component and at least nine months of the thesis component.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Choose ONE of the following plus a total of 24 credit points of coursework subjects approved by the HPS
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24 Annual, Spring/Autumn
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring

The following elective subject may be chosen:

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
GWP 800Global Workplace Practice6Spring

^ This subject is only available to international students. For more information, visit the Work Integrated Learning website.

Master of Philosophy (Creative Arts)

The degree comprises a coursework component (24cp) and a research component (72cp) as listed below. For their research component, candidates will complete a thesis wholly by written thesis, or as a combination of creative work and a written thesis or exegesis.

International candidates are required to complete RESH900 (Fundamentals for HDR Writing) unless waived by the Head of Postgraduate Studies (HPS).

Candidates are required to successfully complete the coursework component of the MPhil.  The thesis topic will be determined in consultation with supervisor/s and the HPS.

A transfer from the MPhil to the PhD may be possible after successful completion of the coursework component and at least nine months of the thesis component.

Submission by Written Thesis Only

A submission for the Master of Philosophy (Creative Arts) by written thesis only will be in the range of 35,000 to 45,000 words in length.

Submission by Creative Work and Thesis or Exegesis

A thesis submission that includes a creative work will be accompanied by a written thesis or exegesis of approximately 15,000 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).

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 accompanying written component may take the form of:

     i.   A thesis making a scholarly argument related to the body of creative work; or

    ii.   An exegesis focusing on aspects such as origins of the work, structures and techniques used, and an analysis of artistic theories underpinning the work.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Choose ONE of the following:
CREA921 Research Topics in Creative Arts 24 Annual, Spring/Autumn
JOUR992 Research Topics in Journalism 24 Annual, Spring/Autumn
Plus ONE of the following:
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24 Annual, Spring/Autumn
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring

Plus the following elective subject may be chosen:

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
GWP 800Global Workplace Practice6Spring

^ This subject is only available to international students. For more information, visit the Work Integrated Learning website.

PLEASE NOTE:  Not all subjects are offered at all locations, and subject and session offerings may change prior to the commencement of session.  Students are advised to check the latest information available on the Subject Database by clicking the subject codes above.

Master of Philosophy (Arts)

The degree comprises a coursework component (24cp) and a research component (72cp) as listed below.  The coursework component provides students with training in the theories and methodologies, which inform research in the humanities and social sciences.  This training includes theoretical perspectives as well as an introduction to research techniques and work towards a detailed proposal leading up to the thesis.  The Head of Postgraduate Studies (HPS) may accept other coursework subjects as equivalent to ARTS901.

Students entering from a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or equivalent may apply for advanced standing for ARTS901. The thesis topic will be determined in consultation with supervisors and the HPS.

Candidates are required to successfully complete the coursework component of the MPhil.  Students who achieve a Pass result lower than 70% may be required to re-enrol in the coursework subjects before proceeding to the research thesis, or they may withdraw from the Master of Philosophy and enrol in a relevant Master by coursework degree, where they can apply for Advanced Standing for 24 credit points of coursework.

A transfer from the MPhil to the PhD may be possible after successful completion of the coursework component and at least nine months of the thesis component.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Enrol in the following or other coursework subjects accepted by the HPS as equivalent to ARTS901.
ARTS901 Master of Arts Research Methods 24 Annual, Spring/Autumn
Plus ONE of the following:
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24 Annual, Spring/Autumn
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring

The following elective subject may be chosen:

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
GWP 800Global Workplace Practice6Spring

^ This subject is only available to international students. For more information, visit the Work Integrated Learning website.

PLEASE NOTE:  Not all subjects are offered at all locations, and subject and session offerings may change prior to the commencement of session.  Students are advised to check the latest information available on the Subject Database by clicking the subject codes above.

Submission and Assessment

Candidates will submit their thesis wholly by written thesis, or a combination of creative work and a written thesis or exegesis.  Assessment for the Master of Philosophy thesis component is by two external assessors.  Assessment for coursework subjects is as advised in the relevant subject outline.

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.  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.

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.

UOW's 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, ranked in the top 150 for Art & Design in QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2017.