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.
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.
Research and development activities are provided throughout the three phases to assist students to develop the capabilities of a successful doctoral graduate.
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.
Each year, the Australian Government Department of Industry provides a number of International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) to eligible candidates. These scholarships allow students of exceptional research promise to undertake full-time postgraduate study in Australian universities.
The IPRS covers the annual tuition fees in a Doctoral or Masters Degree by research, as well as covering the cost of a standard Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the awardee and their dependants. The duration of a full-time scholarship is 3 years for a PhD candidate and 2 years for a Masters candidate.
The IPRS is extremely competitive and only a few are awarded per year.