• The main intake for PhD students is February and July each year, with completion of a PhD taking 3-4 years of full-time study. All students must complete a compulsory research methods unit, and are expected to actively engage with the CI/QUT research culture. Scholarships typically close in September each year and are highly competitive, with successful applicants requiring a first-class honours degree or equivalent.
    QUT adopts a project management approach, with higher degree research (HDR) candidates working closely with their supervisory team to meet collegially reviewed milestones. During candidature, the supervisor and other key stakeholders will provide advice and direction to the candidate to encourage their participation in a range of scholarly activities, including research seminars, workshops, teaching and publication. The length of the thesis varies according to the topic, but should normally be no longer than 100,000 words, excluding bibliography. Creative practitioners enjoy a strong commitment to practice-led research, in which the Creative Industries Faculty is a national leader.
    Students have recently completed PhDs on topics such as:
    Mobile interaction design approaches for reducing domestic food waste –
    Bits and bumps: Understanding gender in contemporary physical comedy –
    Identifying Relevant Information for Emergency Services from Twitter in Response to Natural Disaster
    Establishing the Conceptual and Practical Foundations of a New Form of Theatre for Development: Theatre in Conversations
    China, Film Coproduction and Soft Power Competition
    Courtyard Housing as a Subtropical Urban Design Model
    A Novel Concept for Airport Terminal Design Integrating Flexibility
    ‘Insider-other’ Spectator-Dancer Relationships fostered through Open Rehearsals
    Why choose this course?
    The PhD program demonstrates the Creative Industries Faculty’s reputation for innovation and excellence in research training, welcoming collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects and activity in the Creative Industries Precinct—Australia’s first site dedicated to experimentation and commercial development in the creative industries. Some of the world’s leading practitioners in the creative industries come here to teach, theorise, research, and create. Kelvin Grove Urban Village, La Boite Theatre Company, and exhibition spaces are located nearby, with the new $80m Creative Industries Precinct Stage 2 offering state-of-the-art sound recording, visual art and design studios.
    Our award-winning postgraduate supervisors are successful practitioners and researchers from the arts, media and design industries, recognised for their real- world expertise, innovation and knowledge. Indeed, the recent Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) review ranked the Faculty as ‘well above world’ for research in Communication and Media Studies. Critically, QUT Creative Industries researchers actively collaborate with colleagues from across the university, including those in health, science and engineering, education, business, and information technology, and frequently work with community, industry, educational, and government partners in tackling ‘real-world’ research projects. While students usually have considerable flexibility in defining the focus of their work, most research is concentrated across the faculty’s key research strength areas:
    digital media, communication and culture,
    innovation in the performing and digital arts, and
    sustainability and innovation in design.
    This world-class program provides a basis for critical inquiry to enable you to develop a significant and original contribution to disciplinary knowledge, producing bold and innovative concepts and practices. As a PhD candidate, your research must reveal high critical ability and powers of imagination and synthesis and may be demonstrated in the form of new knowledge or significant and original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge. Our goal in the Faculty is to produce confident graduates who have made an original contribution to knowledge and have the ability to independently conduct high quality, innovative research. As a higher degree research (HDR) student, you will be encouraged to be a self-directed, proactive and independent learner, who takes the main responsibility for the conduct and progress of your research, and demonstrate a high level of personal commitment, initiative and the desire to actively engage in ongoing professional development. While you will work and think independently, the Faculty will provide an environment that fosters a vibrant and innovative research culture, encouraging debate, discussion and theoretical and practical grounding in the latest innovative research methodologies.
    Career outcomes
    With QUT’s real-world approach, QUT Creative Industries researchers develop expertise in a wide range of innovative research methodologies and make a significant contribution to new knowledge in their field. Our graduates are building prominent and successful careers around the world as architects, renowned designers, global artists, creative leaders, communicators and cultural experts – in academia, government, community and industry settings.

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