Doctor of Creative Arts

University of Wollongong

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00102E

The Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) is for students with a high level of professional experience in creative practice who wish to extend their art form within a scholarly context. The DCA is a challenging intellectual experience where you will produce a substantial body of work supported by a written exegesis of approximately 30,000 words. There is an integral relationship between creative work and the exegesis. Research strengths in creative practice include Music, Theatre, Performance, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Digital Media and Design. Applications from all these disciplines are encouraged, as well as any projects working in interdisciplinary forms.


The normal full-time study pattern for Doctoral candidates requires enrolment in 48 credit points per year for a minimum of 4 years. Part-time study is also available in most cases. All students must attend and participate in the Module 1 workshops for Research Strategies in Creative Practice. Students will choose from one of the following: Thesis Full Time (24 credit points) or Thesis Part Time (12 credit points). Candidates for the Doctor of Creative Arts will submit their thesis as a combination of creative work and written exegesis. The submission will normally be by exhibition, performance or publication of creative work in a form relevant to the discipline and will be accompanied by a written exegesis of approximately 30,000 words in length. The exegesis may be supported by other forms as a record or explication of the creative work (for example, music scores, photographs, audiovisual recording).


  • Creative arts

Standard entry requirements

  • An Honours Bachelor degree of at least 4 years' duration in an appropriate discipline at Class II, Division 1, or higher (or its equivalent) and demonstrated evidence of high artistic attainment. Examples of high artistic attainment include publication or professional dissemination of work
  • Grants, fellowships and prizes
  • Critical acclaim
  • A track record of sustained high level professional activity
  • And various indicators relevant to the specific discipline. In some circumstances, students may be required to commence their enrolment in the Master of Philosophy and seek transfer to the DCA when, and if, they achieve a suitable standard.

Study pathways

The maximum amount of external credit that can be awarded at the postgraduate level is 50% of the credit point value of the UOW course. For further information contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 (within Australia) or +61 2 4221 3218 (if overseas).

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Wollongong Domestic: $114,048
International: $114,048
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Wollongong.

This course is Student Contribution exempt for domestic students under the Research Training Scheme (RTS).

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