DR208 - PhD (Art)

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Plan: DR208 - Doctor of Philosophy
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Entrance requirements

Program details

Award title: Doctor of Philosophy
Award abbreviation: PhD
Career: RSCH
Duration: 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
Location: RMIT City Campus
Owning school: Art (340H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/art
ASCED code: 100301
CRICOS code: 079810B

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Purpose of the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Art is usually a project-based research degree and is designed to provide the framework, the focus and the discipline necessary to conduct speculative inquiry. The province of the PhD is the exploration of new territories of artistic research and a contribution to the knowledge base of the discipline. 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.

The program has a pluralistic and interdisciplinary focus and cross-disciplinary dialogue is encouraged to enrich student's experience and knowledge. Candidates work with a broad range of media. These include installation, sculpture, ceramics, hybrid and spatial practices, sound, performance, media arts, video, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and gold and silversmithing. Candidates are encouraged to consider the artistic, cultural and social position of their research and to draw upon trans-disciplinary practices and enquiries.

The program attracts candidates from diverse backgrounds, age groups and nationalities, including leading art practitioners. You will engage with your peers to develop extended dialogues and provide critical support for each other’s research.

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

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy will have developed the skills required to conduct independent research and contributed to the knowledge base of artistic research in their chosen field.

Upon graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University you will be able to be employed in universities in academic roles and in senior positions in galleries, museums, festivals, non-government organisations, art organisations, companies, venues and studios. You will also have the capacity to work as research fellows and post-doctoral research fellows on post-doctoral research projects in university and government organisations.  


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Entrance requirements

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

  • a masters by research degree or,
  • 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 or,
  • a four year bachelor honours degree (with a minimum H2A achieved across the four years) or,
  • a three year bachelor degree and a one year bachelor honours degree program (with a minimum H2A achieved in the honours year) or
  • 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 or,
  • 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.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents webpage.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents webpage.

Selection Tasks

These entrance requirements are the minimum academic standard you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for the program. You will need to complete a selection task as part of your application. For further information on the steps you need to take to apply for a research program see the How to apply – Research programs webpage.


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