Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA)

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:

  • Communication
  • Dance
  • Electronic arts
  • Music and sound arts
  • Theatre
  • Visual arts
  • Writing

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

Fees: Domestic higher degree research candidates are provided with a funded place in the degree under the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP).

The DCA candidature is funded for a maximum period of 4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent.

There are overtime fees for higher degree research studies where RTP and Western Sydney University funding has been exceeded.

Delivery: On campus

Fees: AUD $27,122*

Delivery: On campus



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"Master’s is great because you have the freedom to study what you want and project based units allow you to undertake your own design."

— Nicholas Ralph. Master of Research.

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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (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 course 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 course past the normal finish date of the course 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 courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.