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  • Local: $ 18k / 1 year
  • Foreign: $ 18k / 1 year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
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  • 716pts.

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    This project-based Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research degree will provide the framework, the focus and the discipline necessary to conduct speculative inquiry in the field of art.

    The PhD offers a rigorous, supportive and dynamic environment where the investigation of ideas and material practice pertinent to artistic research informs the production of art. Central to the program is a balance between studio practice and the conceptual and theoretical concerns that underpin artistic research.

    You may work with installation, sculpture, ceramics, hybrid and spatial practices, sound, performance, media arts, video, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, gold-and silversmithing and object based practice.

    You will consider the artistic, cultural and social position of your research and draw upon trans-disciplinary practices and enquiries.

    You will undertake a major project that culminates in an exhibition, performance or presentation of work for assessment, accompanied by an exegesis that includes visual and sonic documentation of the creative research.


    To graduate you must complete the following:

    If you are a full-time candidate you must enrol in exactly 48 credit points in total for each semester. If you are a part-time candidate you must enrol in exactly 24 credit points in total for each semester.

    All courses listed may not be available each semester.

    Coursework Courses

    Complete the following One (1) Course:

    Course Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
    Creative Practice Research Strategies 12 ARCH1429 City Campus

    ANDIn consultation with your supervisory team, you may also elect to take either or both of the following:

    Course Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
    Qualitative Research Techniques 12 HUSO2362 City Campus
    Quantitative Research Techniques 12 MATH2256 City Campus


    Project Courses

    The remaining allocation of credit points for each semester should be made up of the following Courses:

    Course Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
    PhD Research (48cp) 48 VART3585 City Campus
    PhD Research (36cp) 36 VART3586 City Campus
    PhD Research (24cp) 24 VART3587 City Campus
    PhD Research (12cp) 12 VART3588 City Campus

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    Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

    You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 


    Applicants for doctor of philosophy programs must have completed one of the following from a recognised higher education institution:

    • a masters by research degree;


    • a masters by coursework degree which includes research courses or a research project with a duration of at least 25% of a full-time (or equivalent part-time) academic year and an overall distinction average;


    • a four year bachelor honours degree (with a minimum H2A achieved across the four years); 


    • a three year bachelor degree and a one year bachelor honours degree program (with a minimum H2A achieved in the honours year); 


    • another award deemed to be equivalent in character and standard to the above degrees.

    Alternatively applicants may:

    • provide evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and experience that satisfies the Dean of the School of Graduate Research or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program;


    • have current candidature for an RMIT master by research program approved for transfer to a doctor of philosophy program through the process prescribed in the RMIT Higher Degree by Research policies and procedures.


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