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What will I learn?

This project-based Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research degree will provide the framework, the focus and the discipline necessary to conduct speculative inquiry in the field of art.

The PhD offers a rigorous, supportive and dynamic environment where the investigation of ideas and material practice pertinent to artistic research informs the production of art. Central to the program is a balance between studio practice and the conceptual and theoretical concerns that underpin artistic research.

You may work with installation, sculpture, ceramics, hybrid and spatial practices, sound, performance, media arts, video, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, gold-and silversmithing and object based practice.

You will consider the artistic, cultural and social position of your research and draw upon trans-disciplinary practices and enquiries.

You will undertake a major project that culminates in an exhibition, performance or presentation of work for assessment, accompanied by an exegesis that includes visual and sonic documentation of the creative research.

Career

Upon graduation you may be employed in positions in universities, galleries, museums and non-government organisations. You may also freelance as artists, curators and producers.

You will also have the capacity to work as research fellows and postdoctoral research fellows on research projects in university and government organisations.

Which department am I in?

College of Design and Social Context

CRICOS

079810B

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,640.00 (17,75,843) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 August 2022, 1 November 2022

Venue

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

Melbourne City Campus,

124 La Trobe Street,

MELBOURNE,

Victoria,

3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The minimum academic requirements for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program (course) are: a bachelor's degree requiring at least four (4) years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year. To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests: IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0); TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50); Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component

For international students

The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD program are:

a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year; or
a master degree that includes a research component comprised of at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent) with an overall distinction average or a master degree without a research component with at least a high distinction average; or
evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of distinction represents academic achievement of 70% or higher and a high distinction is 80% or higher.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

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