The program is built on the concept that research in architecture, art, design and visual culture generally, is in the visual practice - the creative outcome is the research, and this builds bridges between professional practice and university research.
The research contribution of visual culture has been overlooked for too long even though its products surround us everywhere. The entire constructed environment and its content represent studio research, the products of creative imagination in art, design, architecture and their related activities. These achievements have been recognized for their aesthetic qualities, but not considered as research, when like any other academic discipline, they are dependent on knowledge and experience systematically applied to outcomes relevant to the discipline, in this case, the development of visual form. The outcome is a product of creativity and imagination, but it is also, to quote the OECD's definition of research, "creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge"; it is just that the ‘stock of knowledge' in the case of visual disciplines is visual and contributes to culture.
The Monash Studio PhD recognizes that systematically developed visual outcomes constitute research and advance the stock of visual knowledge; they contribute to and enhance the visual environment. The PhD strengthens the status of the visual and reinforces the link between art and knowledge development in its cultural form. The thesis in disciplines such as fine/visual art, design, multimedia & architecture is the visual work contextualized by a document, or exegesis, which discusses the nature of how the work builds on the visual context it addresses.
The great strength of the Monash program is its structure and inter-disciplinary relationships. The range and number of candidates offers a dynamic, creative environment where ideas and imagery feed and enrich the research experience in an academy of creative scholars, intent on building high quality art.
Principal areas of research include architecture, curatorial practice, fine arts/visual arts, design, multimedia and digital arts, and Art History & Theory. Candidates can undertake the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in either of two research modes:
All candidates must undertake the three Coursework Subjects:
In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test.
You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application.
The minimum qualifications for admission to PhD enrolment are:
All international students studying in Australia are required to pay full fees and be enrolled on a full-fee basis. Course fees are not fixed for the duration of the course and may increase depending on determinations in relation to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
International students on student visa are also required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Students who are accompanied to Australia by dependants must have family rate cover for OSHC.
Graduate research scholarships are available for full-time research at graduate level for study at one of Monash University's Australian campuses. Over 300 living allowance or stipend scholarships are offered at the main central selection round, which closes on 31 October each year. Approximately 70 international scholarship awardees are also offered scholarships to meet their tuition costs.
A mid-year scholarship round is held each year which closes on 31 May. Approximately 70 living allowance or stipend scholarships and 15 tuition-paying scholarships are offered. In addition, some faculties offer scholarships to a number of applicants who miss out on a central scholarship offer.