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This project-based Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research degree will provide the framework, the focus and the discipline necessary to conduct speculative inquiry in the field of art.

The PhD offers a rigorous, supportive and dynamic environment where the investigation of ideas and material practice pertinent to artistic research informs the production of art. Central to the program is a balance between studio practice and the conceptual and theoretical concerns that underpin artistic research.

You may work with installation, sculpture, ceramics, hybrid and spatial practices, sound, performance, media arts, video, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, gold-and silversmithing and object based practice.

You will consider the artistic, cultural and social position of your research and draw upon trans-disciplinary practices and enquiries.

You will undertake a major project that culminates in an exhibition, performance or presentation of work for assessment, accompanied by an exegesis that includes visual and sonic documentation of the creative research.


To graduate you must complete the following:

If you are a full-time candidate you must enrol in exactly 48 credit points in total for each semester. If you are a part-time candidate you must enrol in exactly 24 credit points in total for each semester.

All courses listed may not be available each semester.

Coursework Courses

Complete the following One (1) Course:

Course Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
Creative Practice Research Strategies 12 ARCH1429 City Campus

ANDIn consultation with your supervisory team, you may also elect to take either or both of the following:

Course Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
Qualitative Research Techniques 12 HUSO2362 City Campus
Quantitative Research Techniques 12 MATH2256 City Campus


Project Courses

The remaining allocation of credit points for each semester should be made up of the following Courses:

Course Title Credit Points Course Code Campus
PhD Research (48cp) 48 VART3585 City Campus
PhD Research (36cp) 36 VART3586 City Campus
PhD Research (24cp) 24 VART3587 City Campus
PhD Research (12cp) 12 VART3588 City Campus

Applicants for doctor of philosophy programs must have completed one of the following from a recognised higher education institution:

  • a masters by research degree;


  • a masters by coursework degree which includes research courses or a research project with a duration of at least 25% of a full-time (or equivalent part-time) academic year and an overall distinction average;


  • a four year bachelor honours degree (with a minimum H2A achieved across the four years); 


  • a three year bachelor degree and a one year bachelor honours degree program (with a minimum H2A achieved in the honours year); 


  • another award deemed to be equivalent in character and standard to the above degrees.

Alternatively applicants may:

  • provide evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and experience that satisfies the Dean of the School of Graduate Research or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program;


  • have current candidature for an RMIT master by research program approved for transfer to a doctor of philosophy program through the process prescribed in the RMIT Higher Degree by Research policies and procedures.


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