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.
4 years full time or
8 years part time
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.
Research Training Scheme
The majority of domestic research degree students are funded through the Research Training Scheme (RTS). Through the RTS, the Australian Government provides a quota of tuition fee exempt places for postgraduate research places to recognised universities.
If you are granted an RTS place, you are not required to pay tuition fees. However, you can still expect to pay the ongoing costs of being part of an academic environment and conducting research. In addition to ongoing costs, you may also be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
In addition, research scholarships to the value of $35,000 are available to support living expenses for domestic students to study master's by research and doctoral programs at UTS.
Tuition fee calculations
Tuition fees and RTS load for postgraduate research degrees are charged pro-rata based on the number of days a student is enrolled in each research degree semester and whether the student is enrolled after the research census date.
Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$19,840 to A$34,080 per year. Tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees are charged pro-rata based on the number of days a student is enrolled in each research degree session and whether the student is enrolled after the research census date.
Tuition fees for international postgraduate research students can be found using fees search.
Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.
For this course, the cost per session for 2016 is $11620. The expected number of sessions are 8.
All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:
- Protocol on fees and refunds for international students - contains the fee and refund conditions for international students
- Tuition Protection Service - designed to ensure that students receive the tuition they have paid for
In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.
For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' tuition fees information page.
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.
Course structure explained
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.
The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.
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 23; 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.
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