Course Description

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 DCA is practice-based, you will make a significant contribution to both your creative discipline and the area of inquiry within which the work is located.

You will attend lectures and workshops on creative arts research practices and other relevant topics. DCA candidates are also expected to actively contribute to the research culture of the University.

For information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services, visit UOW's Research and Innovation website. For specific information relating to research being undertaken within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, visit the Faculty's research pages.

Tuition Fees

International Students: $27,936 per year full-time


4 years full time, 8 years part time

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 087688K
University of Wollongong (UOW) Code: 214

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.