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Summary
Doctor of Creative Arts (DCAR)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

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Program Information Set

Make your mark in the Arts

USQ’s Doctor of Creative Arts is designed for established creative artists who have completed honours or masters qualifications and who can demonstrate their significant profile within the creative arts professions. This degree, which can be studied on-campus or online, gives you an extended opportunity to further develop your practice-focused research under the expert guidance of qualified supervisors.

Candidates for this degree will have a sophisticated understanding of creative arts theory and practice, as well as the capacity to produce original creative works at an international standard. 

The Doctor of Creative Art at USQ offers supervision within the following disciplines:

  • Creative Writing
  • Film, Television and Radio
  • Music
  • Theatre, or
  • Visual Arts.

A research degree can offer a competitive advantage and graduates can expect enhanced career opportunities in creative arts practice and the Arts industry, along with a further opportunity to go in to teaching.
Courses to be studied Units
Research coursework
4
plus Research dissertation
20
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 19680

Loan to help you pay your fees

All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme. The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for an HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral program, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research program.
As part of the enrolment process, students are required to submit proof of citizenship or permanent residency status and transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables the University of Southern Queensland to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.

If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the program, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees.

Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:

  • have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or
  • have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed an HDR program. Once a student completes an HDR program, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • a Bachelor of Creative Arts with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent, or a Masters of Arts (with research component) or equivalent, together with evidence of professional standing as an arts practitioner.
  • 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. Further, a portfolio of creative work/s will be required with specifications varying between disciplines. For example, for Visual Arts, candidates will be required to submit 20 images of past work, signifying possible directions for the proposed Doctor of Creative Arts.

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

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


How to apply

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For Australian and New Zealand students

Closing dates

Applications may be submitted at any time, but it is ideal to allow a minimum of 20 working days between when you submit your application and the start of your requested semester.

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