Art, Design and Architecture
Monash University has a proud tradition of research excellence, and is committed to providing the highest quality of graduate research education. By undertaking your graduate studies at Monash, you will have the opportunity to be part of our stimulating, supportive and professional research environment.
A PhD offered in Art, Design and Architecture takes the form of the Monash Doctoral Program. The program consists of an extensive, independent research project on an agreed topic, supported by a minimum of two expert academic supervisors. This is enhanced by professional development activities or coursework units that provide you with the skills required to make an impact in academia, industry, government or the wider community. Your study will result in a research thesis or alternative approved output, which makes a valuable contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic.
At a glance
On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
Off-campus: Full time & part time
|Duration:||3-4 years full time|
|Start date:||Throughout the year|
|Qualification:||Doctor of Philosophy|
Through a program of supervised research supported by coursework and professional development activities, you will emerge from this degree with an advanced level of specialist knowledge in your field. Principal fields of research for a PhD in Art, Design and Architecture include:
- Fine arts/visual arts
- Art history and theory
- Curatorial practice
- Industrial design
- Communication design
You can choose to undertake the degree by studio research or by thesis.
You will develop a studio research project, with individual supervision, resulting in a body of work examined by exhibition. The material includes a written exegesis (critical explanation of the body of work) of about 30,000 words and a documented record of your visual or creative work. The final examination is usually an exhibition of visual work accompanied by the written exegesis. The works in the exhibition will not only be new but will also result in a doctoral-level contribution that has substantial cultural or material significance.
You will develop a written proposal that outlines your proposed project, places the research within the context of the scholarly literature and outlines the proposed methodology. You will be examined by thesis only. The thesis, of no more than 80,000 words, is expected to make a substantial contribution to knowledge in your chosen area of research.As well as the research component, you will also complete a series of professional development activities or coursework units relevant to your chosen research focus. These activities are designed to provide you with the skills needed to develop your professional skills to support you in your future career.
PhD graduates stand out from other job applicants throughout their entire professional lives. A proven ability to research, analyse and interpret complex questions will give you many career options locally and internationally. PhD graduates work as researchers, artists, designers, architects, educators, academics, curators and administrators in galleries, museums, tertiary institutions, government departments, private enterprises, and as independent creative practitioners.
You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.
The PhD is a university award. For either mode, the minimum qualifications for admission to PhD candidature are: a bachelors degree (at least four years of full-time study), which normally includes a research component in the fourth year, leading to an honours degree class I or IIA level; or a course leading to a masters preliminary qualification at a level rated by the faculty as equivalent to an honours class I or IIA; or a masters degree that entailed work, normally including a significant research component, at least equivalent to an honours degree. Under exceptional circumstances, the Graduate Research Committee may, where the Faculty endorses, accept candidates with a degree of a lower grade than honours IIA if they have demonstrated an ability to undertake research at the PhD level. Application for the studio research PhD must be accompanied by 12 - 20 images of recent original work clearly numbered with a corresponding list of details attached and a research proposal.
Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.
University entrance requirements
Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.
Making the application
Applications for this course can be accepted at any time.
Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.
For applications Direct to Monash
Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 1322
Fees are subject to change annually.
Please note: The fee information displayed below is based on 2016 rates and is to be used only as a guide.
Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.
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