Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts)
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an essential prerequisite for research and academic careers in most disciplines.
Part time available
The Doctor of Philosophy is a program of supervised original research. It culminates in the submission of a thesis that demonstrates the ability for critical analysis and research that makes a significant and original contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the field of study.
JCU research areas include:
- Audio visual studies
- Communication and media
- Fine arts
- Graphic design
- Performing arts
- Visual arts
- Interactive media
- Design-led innovation
- Service and Experience Design
This is a four-year full-time program offered either on campus at JCU’s Townsville and Cairns campuses or off campus.
The off-campus option requires some attendance on campus for confirmation and exit seminars, and at least three weeks per year for consultation with the supervisor. This program is also available part time.
Your research topic
Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research advisor. To identify an appropriate advisor, use the Find an Advisor service from the Graduate Research School.
To be eligible for entry, applicants must have attained at least one of the following:
a) a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class, Division A (Honours) in a degree program that included a total of at least a semester of supervised project work, the results of which contributed to the Honours grade;
b) a postgraduate qualification which included: (a) supervised research component(s) of at least one semester or equivalent and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Distinction or better, and (b) at least one research methods subject;
c) a Research Masters degree, where at least two thirds of the degree consisted of a supervised research component and resulted in the production of a thesis or equivalent;
d) enrolment at this or another Australian university in a higher degree by research for the equivalent of at least 0.5 EFTSL with demonstrated satisfactory performance in the supervised research component(s);
e) a combination of qualifications, research training and experience, considered equivalent to the above by the Dean of the College to which the Candidate is applying, e.g., senior authorship of at least one peer-reviewed publication plus completion of an appropriate research methods subject.
The pathway into a JCU Doctor of Philosophy is to have achieved a Bachelor’s Degree with at least Honours 2A, a postgraduate qualification with a supervised research component of at least one semester, full-time equivalent or a Master of Philosophy.
Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts)
Doctorate by Research (AQF level 10)
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
Requirements for admission can be found at HDR Degree Requirements
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:
Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
RD7001:03 Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates
RD7002:03 Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidates
RD7003:03 Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates
PI7010:00 Doctor of Philosophy Research Thesis (Creative Arts)
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC)
Confirmation of candidature
Subsumption of coursework subjects
Maximum credit points of coursework subjects
21 credit points of non-core coursework subjects
Allowed coursework subjects
As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School
A person admitted to candidature on the basis of previous enrolment in a research Masters degree relevant to the proposed Doctoral program, may be given credit for work towards the Masters degree. In exceptional cases credit may be given to a candidate for relevant research work undertaken at another university.
The amount of credit to be awarded shall be determined by the RESC on the recommendation of the Academic Head.
The University will not normally accept a candidate who has been enrolled at another institution for more than two years (full-time equivalent) or release a candidate who has been enrolled for more than two years (full-time equivalent).
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
Inclusion of field of research on testamur
The field of research shall not appear on the testamur.
Exit with a lesser award
After examination of the thesis, and subject to the requirements under HDR Degree Requirements, the RESC may approve the degree be not awarded but that the candidate be awarded an appropriate Masters degree.
This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.