Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Managing facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titlePhdArt&Design
CRICOS code037830A
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Gippsland)
Off-campus (Caulfield, Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Bernard Hoffert


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Early submission can take place after three years


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


By studio research (85 per cent 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
  • design
  • digital arts
  • drawing
  • graphic design/visual communication
  • industrial design
  • interior architecture
  • multimedia/multimedia design
  • painting
  • photomedia
  • printmedia
  • sculpture
  • 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 per cent 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.


Doctor of Philosophy