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The Doctor of Creative Arts aims to provide professional artists with recognition of both their practice and the contribution they make to professional and scholarly knowledge.
Note: Applications for research programs are accepted at any time with successful candidates commencing on a quarterly intake basis.
Creative Arts Research at Western
Candidates are required to undertake the development of a body of original creative work within their chosen discipline. This must be supported by a written exegesis explaining the contextual and theoretical underpinning of the creative work.
The type of creative work eligible for submission covers a range of discipline areas including:
You will be expected to participate in research training and development activities, contribute to the research culture at Western, and maintain a professional profile of high standard during your candidature.
As part of your research training, you will also be encouraged to publish or present your work to the public and contribute to policy and planning debates in your area of expertise.
Fees and delivery
You should refer to the Higher Degree Research Fees page for information about tuition fees for this program.
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As a Doctor of Creative Arts graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Professional arts
- Creative industries
- Education and history
Art Gallery Manager
As an art gallery manager, you will be responsible for the commercial and artistic success of a gallery. You will liaise directly with artists and dealers, organise exhibitions and manage the ongoing operation of the gallery.
This is a broad career pathway that could include opportunities such as film maker, performing artist, musician, painter, sculptor or producer. You may work for an industry-based production company, in a government-supported role or even as an independent artist.
Museum curators oversee collections by managing the acquisition, preservation and display of items of interest or historical significance. You will work with the public, manage exhibitions, acquire grants and funding or even carry out research within your organisation.
As a researcher at a university, you will undertake world-class research in your area of expertise. You will uncover new knowledge and make a lasting impact in your field of research. Many academic researchers also work as lecturers at their university.
As a lecturer at a university, you will prepare and deliver subjects in your area of expertise. You will teach students from a wide range of backgrounds and help to further their education in their chosen field. Many university lecturers also combine their work with academic research.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.