Postgraduate Research

The School of the Arts and Media (SAM) is distinguished by contemporary and interdisciplinary scholarship in the creative and performing arts and humanities. In the 2012 Excellence for Research in Australia report our research in Performing Arts and Creative Writing; and Film, Television and Digital Media received the maximum score of five and was rated in the top category – outstanding performance well above world standard. The School has an exceptional record of scholarly achievement in English Literature, Cultural Studies and Music with academic staff comprising Australia Research Council Postdoctoral, Future and Professorial Fellows.

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Supervision Areas

Degree Options

The following research programs are available in all supervision areas:

The School also offers a suite of creative research degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (in Creative Writing)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (in Practice-Based Research)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Composition (Music)

The Creative Research degrees place an emphasis on practice as research. The School The Arts and Media makes available a restricted number of places to graduate students wishing to undertake a PhD by means of Practice-Bases Research, (eg theatre direction, film direction, dance choreography and the production of media artefacts). PhD candidates complete a practical component along with a dissertation of 30,000 words. Equal weight is given to each component.

Admission is subject to the availability of appropriate supervision.