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Doctor of Creative Arts

Doctor of Creative Arts (DCAR)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Toowoomba
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul


  • The Doctor of Creative Arts is designed for experienced professionals within the area of creative arts and is ideal if you have completed an honours or masters qualification and can demonstrate a significant profile within the creative arts profession.
  • This degree, which can be studied on-campus or online, gives you an extended opportunity to further develop your practice-focused research under the expert guidance of qualified supervisors with professional industry experience.
  • Candidates for this degree will have a sophisticated understanding of creative arts theory and practice, as well as the capacity to produce original creative works of an international standard.
  • The Doctor of Creative Arts offers supervision within the following disciplines:
    • Creative Writing
    • Film, Television and Radio
    • Music
    • Theatre, or
    • Visual Arts.

Career outcomes

  • A research degree can offer a competitive industry advantage and graduates can expect enhanced career opportunities in creative arts practice and/or the Arts industry more broadly, and aims to provide professional artists with recognition of both your practice and knowledge.

  • As a creative arts research student, this degree is especially valuable if you are wanting to pursue an academic career, a career in research or an advanced level of professional practice.

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor degree in Arts with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A), or equivalent, or a masters degree in Arts (with research component), or equivalent, together with evidence of professional standing as an arts practitioner.
  • Admission by written application and artist portfolio. The application will include a written proposal of 5-8 pages including conceptual framework and research background, central question, significance, and original contribution of project. Further, a portfolio of creative work/s will be required with specifications varying between disciplines. For example, for Visual Arts, candidates will be required to submit 20 images of past work, signifying possible directions for the proposed Doctor of Creative Arts.

  • Submission of a satisfactory preliminary research proposal, as determined by the Higher Degrees Review and Admissions Committee. Admission is dependent upon the Faculty's capacity to supervise the proposed exegesis and creative work.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Research coursework 4
Research dissertation 20
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 23920

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Grant to help you pay your fees

All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) degree will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme. The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for an HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral degree, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research degree.

As part of the enrolment process, students are required to submit proof of citizenship or permanent residency status and transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables the University of Southern Queensland to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.

Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:

  • have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or
  • have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed an HDR degree. Once a student completes an HDR degree, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.

If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the degree, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees, or if meeting the eligibility criteria be able to apply for a FEE-Help loan


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

Applications may be submitted at any time, but it is ideal to allow a minimum of 25 working days between when you submit your application and the start of your requested semester.

Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021- Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021
  • Semester 3, 2021 - Monday 15 November, 2021.

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