DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY APPLICATION GUIDELINES

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy at Sydney College of the Arts must provide the following documents:

  • proof of identity and citizenship/residency, such as your passport or birth certificate
  • official transcripts for academic qualifications
  • portfolio of recent creative work (not required for thesis only applicants)
  • research proposal
  • current CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience, exhibitions, publications

If applicable, you may also need to provide:

  • proof that your proposed supervisor has agreed to support your application and project, such as an email
  • proof of change of name
  • evidence of English proficiency (such as IELTS or TOEFL test results)

APPLY ONLINE FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Once you have prepared your supporting documentation and portfolio you are ready to submit your application. Click here to apply online.

If you experience difficulty submitting your application or uploading your documentation, please contact:

Direct Applications on +61 2 8627 8666 (9am – 5pm AEST) or (for domestic students only)

International Office on 1800 899 379 (within Australia), +61 2 8627 8300 (outside Australia) or (for international students only)

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Your portfolio should reflect your recent art practice and demonstrate the level of proficiency expected of an advanced research applicant. Please submit up to ten (10) examples of your work to date. Your portfolio can include:

  • showreel or excerpts of film or digital video work (.MOV)
  • website or other dedicated site such as a Vimeo channel (please provide the site address in a Word or PDF document)
  • digital photographs of installations, performance, and exhibitions (JPG or PDF)

RESEARCH PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

The research proposal is a synopsis of your proposed area of research, and should articulate the research question you wish to answer. The research question should be of your own devising, and your proposal should be a detailed outline of your topic and course of research. A PhD thesis should constitute an original contribution to the understanding of contemporary visual arts.

Your proposal should be 7 - 10 pages and include the following:

1. The working title of your project.
2. Your proposed mode of research:

  • A thesis comprising a substantial exhibition of creative work and a written text of 40,000 - 50,000 words; or
  • Thesis of 60,000 - 80,000 words

3. If applicable, a description of the concept and significance of the creative work, the type of work you intend to produce, the materials you intend to use, and your minimum studio requirement.

4. A description of the aims and significance of your research paper/thesis, the artists and theorists you intend to discuss and their relationship to your concept, and the wider visual arts context for your project.

5. An outline of the methodology you will employ to gather your content and draw your conclusions, and a map of how you will complete the project within the six semester timeframe.

6. A brief bibliography identifying the literature relevant to your project.

The University of Sydney's Learning Centre also provides Writing a Thesis Proposal Guidelines