Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

300891 v.3 Doctor of Creative Arts (Communication and Cultural Studies)


Course CRICOS Code: 032998F
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


The Doctor of Creative Arts is a research degree with a focus on creative practice as a mode of research and is of equivalent status to a PhD. Twenty-five per cent of the program involves coursework to assist candidates in contextualising their research question and devising appropriate research methodologies by providing study in relevant history, methodology, theory and criticism. The other 75 per cent of the candidate's time is spent in preparation of the thesis. Within the DCA a thesis is understood as having two components: a creative body of work and a written exegesis, which together form complementary responses to a clearly defined research question. Both components are submitted for examination - the exegesis is submitted in printed and bound form - and the creative component may be submitted in printed and bound form, in electronic format, as a film, exhibition, installation, or in another medium. On completion of the DCA the candidate must ensure there is an enduring record of the creative body of work.

Additional Introductory Information

Research programs in Communication and Cultural Studies are available in the following areas: Creative Writing; - prose fiction, life-writing, poetry, and script-writing for film, radio, stage and television; Performance Studies - directing, acting, and stage production; Professional Writing and Presentation, and Publishing Practice. Prospective DCA students include MA (research) or MCA graduates, secondary-level and university educators in the arts, and professionals working in related fields.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Bachelor of Arts (honours, normally first or upper second class) or equivalent, or masters degree with a significant research in creative and/or production component.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning for coursework components are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

A minimum of two years and a maximum of four years equivalent full-time study. As most units are offered only once in each year and in the required sequence of study, there is some limitation of choice for students studying part-time.

Course Organisation

This course is studied as a research degree. It is a requirement that two-thirds of it is undertaken by research and the remainder by coursework.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials. Some areas require students to provide their own equipment and/or materials or pay a fee for the Department to provide them (check with the individual schools/areas). Departments will not bear the expense of projects involving unusual costs. For example, a student mounting an exhibition would have to pay for framing and/or installation expenses. Thesis preparation and binding and other costs are normally covered by doctoral students.

Special Note

The Division of Humanities provides facilities and benefits for those studying this research course, including access to suitable computer facilities, office space for on-campus students and financial assistance to attend appropriate intrastate, interstate or overseas conferences and towards associated research costs.

Course Structure



Majors, Streams or Other Core Components

13525 v.2   DCA 701 - English Professional Praxis I 6.0 50.0
13526 v.2   DCA 702 - English Professional Praxis II 6.0 50.0
13527 v.2   DCA 703 - English Research Issues and Methods 3.0 50.0
99164 v.2   Doctoral Thesis - Communication and Cultural Studies


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Research Term 1   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Research Term 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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