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C02020v2 Doctor of Creative Arts

Award(s): Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA)
CRICOS code: 014625G
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

Research degrees are offered on a sponsored or full-fee-paying basis. Contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the UTS: Graduate Research School for further details.

While the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences may be in a position to provide access to media production facilities for DCA candidates, it provides neither training in the use of those facilities nor covers the cost of materials.


Overview
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information

Overview

The Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) is for graduates who have a significant record of achievement in the media and/or creative arts, and who want to undertake substantial research in the areas of media and creative production.

The degree is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in the creative arts. It provides an opportunity for those seeking advanced knowledge, research and creative practice relevant to emerging creative industries locally and internationally.

Career options

The research degrees offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are especially valuable for those wishing to pursue an academic career, a career in research or an advanced level of professional practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Selection criteria also include the quality of the research proposal, the faculty's ability to offer appropriate supervision in the applicant's chosen field, and, where necessary, demonstration of generic technical skills.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Students are required to enrol in person and meet Stages 1 and 2 assessment requirements.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.

Course structure

The work produced for this degree is equivalent in intellectual scope and level to a PhD but is presented in non-traditional formats. The substantive creative work should be the equivalent of a 50,000–70,000-word piece, accompanied by a 30,000-word dissertation. The creative work may be in any genre and medium but must reflect research as well as creative practice, fitting into a tradition of research in an area, demonstrating a clear understanding of the current state of knowledge in that area, have a clear research question, and generate data that addresses that question. The dissertation provides a clear synthesis and statement of the new knowledge produced by the creative project.

The degree is structured in three phases. Phase 1 involves the development of a number of advanced research skills and capabilities. At the beginning of the program, students negotiate a study plan with their supervisor, detailing the type of support each student requires. A formal doctoral assessment is undertaken at the end of Phase 1 in which candidates present a full proposal for assessment, a prerequisite for entering Phase 2.

In Phase 2 students develop their individual program of research and their readiness to enter Phase 3 is assessed at the end of Phase 2.

In Phase 3 candidates engage in the culmination and submission of the major creative work and the accompanying dissertation. These should make a sustained contribution to knowledge in the field of inquiry.

Research and development activities are provided throughout the three phases to assist students to develop the capabilities of a successful doctoral graduate.

Course completion requirements

51992 Doctoral Project 

Other information

Further information is available from the research degrees administrator:

telephone + 61 2 9514 4512
email:
FASS.FRO@uts.edu.au