Doctor of Visual Arts

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





3 to 4 years full-time
6 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

Exempt under RTP (more)

Offered in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Next start date

Trimester 1 2020

Applications close

Monday, 30 December 2019

Next scholarship round closes

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 (more)

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The Doctor of Visual Arts is a time based Higher Degree Research program requiring a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

To be eligible for the award of Doctor of Visual Arts, a student must acquire 240 credit points as prescribed below:

  • 20 credit points for the prescribed course 8906QCA Visual Arts Research Methods in the first trimester of enrolment; and
  • complete a research project by enrolling in the Studio Practice and Research course each trimester; and
  • successfully complete a written componentof at least 20,000 words *
      • In most instances, the studio research will result in a public exhibition of visual art, a public performance or screening of work completed during the candidature.

    [*] Written component or equivalent, to be submitted in the format as prescribed below:

    • A written theoretical dissertation that is unambiguously related to the student's research in studio practice or
    • A written exegesis that:
      • gives a clear description of the research
      • places the research in a disciplinary context
      • states how the research was developed
      • explains the techniques and processes used in the work exhibited

    Progress review requirements

    Completion of progress reporting requirements is a condition of continued candidature for higher degree research programs. The following progress review requirements must be completed for the Doctor of Visual Arts program:

    • completion of the Early Candidature Milestone within 6 months (equivalent full-time) of commencement
    • completion of the Confirmation of Candidature Milestone within 1.5 years of commencement for full time candidates or within 2 years of commencement for part-time candidates
    • completion of the Thesis and Candidature Review Milestone within 3 years (equivalent full-time) of commencement
    • completion of a progress report in years where a milestone is not completed.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level and Type

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. This qualification is accredited as an AQF Level 10 - Doctoral Degree.

Program learning outcomes

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