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Monash University

Doctor of Philosophy

Course code: 1322 ~ Course abbreviation: PhDArt&Design ~ 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Art and design

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield; Gippsland)

Off-campus (Caulfield; Gippsland)

Course description

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy can be undertaken by either studio research or by thesis.

Course structure

By studio research (85% research)

Candidates develop a studio research project, resulting in a body of work examined by exhibition. The examinable material includes written and visual documentation of about 30, 000 words. This documentation provides a photographic record of the visual or creative work. Candidates are required to successfully complete a sequence of three units which guide them through the discursive and documentary dimensions of their project:

The works in the exhibition are not only new but result in a doctoral level contribution which has substantial cultural significance. The documentation is the retained archival record of the research. It outlines the development of the research and its conclusion, and provides a critical context within which the work may be viewed and examined. Unless site specific, the faculty requires doctoral examination exhibitions to be conducted on-campus at either the Caulfield or Gippsland campuses.

Disciplines offered include architecture, ceramics, design, digital arts, drawing, glass, graphic design/visual communication, industrial design, interior architecture, metals and jewellery, multimedia/multimedia design, painting, photomedia, printmedia, sculpture, and visual arts. Candidates may elect to develop an interdisciplinary studio research project for consideration.


Examination normally occurs through an exhibition of visual work and the supporting documentation. The documentation is not examined separately, but is considered together with the work and unites theory with practice.

By thesis (100% research)

The principal research discipline is theory of art and design. Candidates develop a substantial written proposal that outlines the proposed project, places the research within the context of the scholarly literature, and provisionally outlines the methodology by which it might be brought to conclusion.


Examination is by thesis only and requires the candidate to submit a thesis, the length of which would not normally exceed 100,000 words. The thesis is expected to make a substantial contribution to knowledge.

Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Bernard Hoffert