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What will I learn?

The PhD program demonstrates the Creative Industries Faculty’s reputation for innovation and excellence in research training, welcoming collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects and activity in the Creative Industries Precinct—Australia’s first site dedicated to experimentation and commercial development in the creative industries.

Our award-winning postgraduate supervisors are successful practitioners and researchers from the arts, media and design industries, recognised for their real- world expertise, innovation and knowledge. Indeed, the recent Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) review ranked the Faculty as 'well above world' for research in Communication and Media Studies. Critically, QUT Creative Industries researchers actively collaborate with colleagues from across the university, including those in health, science and engineering, education, business, and information technology, and frequently work with community, industry, educational, and government partners in tackling ‘real-world’ research projects. While students usually have considerable flexibility in defining the focus of their work, most research is concentrated across the faculty's key research strength areas:

digital media, communication and culture,
innovation in the performing and digital arts, and
sustainability and innovation in design.

This world-class program provides a basis for critical inquiry to enable you to develop a significant and original contribution to disciplinary knowledge, producing bold and innovative concepts and practices. As a PhD candidate, your research must reveal high critical ability and powers of imagination and synthesis and may be demonstrated in the form of new knowledge or significant and original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge. Our goal in the Faculty is to produce confident graduates who have made an original contribution to knowledge and have the ability to independently conduct high quality, innovative research. As a higher degree research (HDR) student, you will be encouraged to be a self-directed, proactive and independent learner, who takes the main responsibility for the conduct and progress of your research, and demonstrate a high level of personal commitment, initiative and the desire to actively engage in ongoing professional development. While you will work and think independently, the Faculty will provide an environment that fosters a vibrant and innovative research culture, encouraging debate, discussion and theoretical and practical grounding in the latest innovative research methodologies.

Highlights

Pursue supervised applied research on an approved creative industries-related topic.
Develop expertise within Faculty research strength areas: Digital Media, Communication and Culture; Innovation in the Performing and Digital Arts; or Sustainability and Innovation in Design.
Competitive scholarships available.
Study full-time as either an internal or external student.
Work with the Creative Industries Faculty, a leader in language, communication and cultural research.
Creative Industries Faculty is a national leader in supporting the advancement of practice-led research.

Career outcomes

With QUT's real-world approach, QUT Creative Industries researchers develop expertise in a wide range of innovative research methodologies and make a significant contribution to new knowledge in their field. Our graduates are building prominent and successful careers around the world as architects, renowned designers, global artists, creative leaders, communicators and cultural experts – in academia, government, community and industry settings.

Which department am I in?

Creative Industries Faculty

CRICOS

006367J

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,300.00 (19,12,243) per year

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

Start date

22 November 2021

Venue

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Gardens Point Campus,

2 George Street,

BRISBANE CITY,

Queensland,

4000, BRISBANE, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,300.00 (19,12,243) per year

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

Start date

22 November 2021

Venue

Kelvin Grove Campus

Victoria Park Road,

KELVIN GROVE,

Queensland,

4059, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have either: a completed recognized relevant honours degree or equivalent, a completed recognized masters degree or professional doctorate (by research or coursework). Masters and professional doctorate degrees by coursework must have a significant research component, normally not less than 25%. Holders of masters and professional doctorate by coursework must: have a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 on QUT's 7 point scale; and present evidence of research experience and potential for approval. IELTS Academic - Overall 6.5, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 6.0; Pearson PTE (Academic) - Overall 58, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 50; TOEFL iBT - Overall 79, Listening Reading -16; Writing - 21; Speaking - 18. Cambridge Advanced English Score - Overall 176, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 169.

For international students

You must have either:

  • a completed recognised relevant honours degree or equivalent
  • a completed recognised masters degree or professional doctorate (by research or coursework)

Masters and professional doctorate degrees by coursework must have a significant research component, normally not less than 25%. Holders of masters and professional doctorate by coursework must:

  • have a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 on QUT's 7 point scale; and
  • present evidence of research experience and potential for approval

IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 6; TOEFL iBT score of 79 with Listening, Reading score of 16, Writing score of 21 and Speaking score of 18; Pearson PTE (Academic) score of 58 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 50; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 176 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 169.

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

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