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Doctor of Creative Arts (DCAR)
  • CRICOS: 091551D

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

  • 3 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

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Make your mark in the Arts

USQ’s Doctor of Creative Arts is designed for established creative artists who have completed honours or masters qualifications and who can demonstrate their significant profile within the creative arts professions. This degree, which can be studied on-campus or online, gives you an extended opportunity to further develop your practice-focused research under the expert guidance of qualified supervisors.

Candidates for this degree will have a sophisticated understanding of creative arts theory and practice, as well as the capacity to produce original creative works at an international standard. 

The Doctor of Creative Art at USQ offers supervision within the following disciplines:

  • Creative Writing
  • Film, Television and Radio
  • Music
  • Theatre, or
  • Visual Arts.

A research degree can offer a competitive advantage and graduates can expect enhanced career opportunities in creative arts practice and the Arts industry, along with a further opportunity to go in to teaching.
Courses to be studied Units
Research coursework
plus Research dissertation
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 26320
On-campus AUD 28800

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • a Bachelor of Creative Arts with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent
  • OR
  • a Masters of Arts (with research component) or equivalent, together with evidence of professional standing as an arts practitioner.
  • Admission by written application and artist portfolio. The application will include a written proposal of 5-8 pages including conceptual framework and research background, central question, significance, and original contribution of project. Further, a portfolio of creative work/s will be required with specifications varying between disciplines. For example, for Visual Arts, candidates will be required to submit 20 images of past work, signifying possible directions for the proposed Doctor of Creative Arts.

  • Submission of a satisfactory preliminary research proposal, as determined by the Higher Degrees Review and Admissions Committee.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Closing dates

Applications may be submitted at any time, but it is ideal to allow a minimum of 20 working days between when you submit your application and the start of your requested semester.

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