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Doctor of Philosophy - Fine Arts and Music (DR-PHILFAM) // Course structure

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A candidate will have appropriately experienced supervisor(s) and an Advisory Committee who, in consultation with the candidate, arranges a course of supervised research designed to suit the individual requirements and interests of the candidate.

Coursework Component

Students enrolled in disciplines offered by the Victorian College of the Arts are required to complete the following subject in their first semester of candidature.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
CREA90001 Research Methods 1
Semester 1
12.5

Students enrolled in disciplines offered by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music who do not have the appropriate research methodology background may be required to take the following Research Methodology subject in the first semester of their candidature:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI90191 The Research Process For Musicians (RHD)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Thesis Submission

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI80002
CREA80001 PhD Research
Time-based Research

Creative Arts Therapies, Music Psychology & Performance Science, Music Therapy and Musicology/Ethnomusicology

PhD candidates undertake supervised work that leads to a thesis (of approximately 80,000 words).

Dance, Design, Film and Television, Indigenous Arts and Culture, Music Theatre, Production, Theatre and Visual Art

The PhD thesis may take the form of performance and/or corpus of creative work, plus a dissertation of 40,000 - 50,000 words which aims to address, elucidate and contextualise the work; or as a written dissertation of approximately 80,000 words.

Composition

PhD candidates in Composition submit a folio and dissertation. The folio will constitute 90-120 minutes of music and is weighted at 70%. The accompanying dissertation will be 20-25,000 words and weighted at 30%.

Interactive Composition

PhD candidates in interactive Composition submit a folio and dissertation. The folio will constitute 90-120 minutes of music and sound with other media and is weighted at 70%. The accompanying dissertation will be 20-25,000 words and weighted at 30%.

Jazz & Improvisation

PhD candidates undertake supervised work that leads to a dissertation, normally of 40,000-50,000 words, and a folio of creative work. The thesis and folio must be presented in a form that can be sent for assessment by external examiners who are usually international.

Music Performance

PhD candidates undertake supervised work that leads to a dissertation, normally of 20-25,000 words, and a folio of performances equivalent to 3 full recitals or 210 minutes. The thesis and folio must be presented in a form that can be sent for assessment by external examiners who are usually international. The performance folio must created during the candidature for the purposes of fulfilling the requirements of the PhD.

Last updated: 15 December 2018