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  • This course is for experienced practitioners, leaders in their field
  • Explore artistic and design practice in a range of settings, or consider creative enterprise and related tertiary teaching
  • Experience engaging workshops with online materials and support including the conceptual tools required for analysis and reflection on practice
  • Design, implement and evaluate industry based research projects
  • Make invaluable industry connections and be part of a dynamic research community
  • The Creative Industries Faculty is a national leader in advancing practice-led research.
QUT course code KK59
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2019 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact Creative Industries - Postgraduate research enquiries
CRICOS code 069963A


The Doctor of Creative Industries (DCI), QUT’s dynamic professional doctorate, is nestled in the nexus of industry and research. It is the course for experienced practitioners, leaders in their field, looking to gain informed insight and expand their knowledge of the critical and conceptual tools necessary to make innovative contributions to their industry.

Coursework combines advanced critical reflection with real world projects across in-depth doctoral-level research. As a candidate you will pursue higher degree academic research with the support of your peers and the guidance of a supervisory team that includes academic and industry mentors.

Each year the course attracts highly skilled, experienced, professionals from diverse creative backgrounds. Dancers, artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, architects, journalists, publishers, designers, amongst others, find themselves working together in a community of practice. This cohort-based approach encourages and develops an ongoing critical dialogue between your research and professional practice.

Why choose this course?

The DCI is a course for the curious, for those who seek to understand their practice and their field in much greater depth across a sustained investigation. You will underpin your industry leading practice with advanced analytical, conceptual and creative skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • artistic and design practice;
  • related professional work in a range of government and corporate settings;
  • creative enterprise and innovation;
  • tertiary creative industries teaching practices.

Flexible delivery

Designed with you and your busy schedule in mind, the DCI is delivered across a small number of intensives augmented with online materials and support across a cohort based model. You won’t feel like you’re working on your own, and places are limited, so your work is richer.

Career outcomes

This course facilitates a nuanced and refined understanding of practice, enabling highly-skilled, leading artistic and design practitioners, and those engaged in creative enterprise or teaching in the creative industries, to break new ground and lead their field in innovative thinking.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Doctor of Creative Industries

The degree consists of 288 credit points; 24 credit points of coursework (12cp in semester 1, year 1, 12cp in semester 2 year 1) and 264 credit points of thesis development, delivered across three major milestones. In consultation with supervisors, all coursework is scaffolded towards completion of the first Major Milestone.

Candidates undertake multiple day, on-campus, Summer and Winter study schools in the commencing year. The unit, KKP601 Approaches to Research in Creative Industries (12cp) forms the basis of Summer School program and KKP603 Research in the Creative Sector (12cp) forms the basis of the Winter School program. Second and third year candidates attend research workshops and presentations aligned with the Summer and Winter Schools. Candidates will develop a high level of research skill and analysis and through the thesis, make an original contribution to knowledge and their professional practice.

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Entry requirements

• a relevant four-year bachelor degree with first-or second-class division A honours, or
• an appropriate masters degree, and
• two years of practice at an advanced level in a position of responsibility in the creative industries.

Alternative entry for outstanding leaders in creative industries:

• a minimum of five years practice at an executive level and currently in a position of influence in the creative industries, and
• an extensive track record of executive achievement in the workplace or in professional practice.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $23,000 per year full-time if you exceed the maximum time under RTP (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, your tuition fees are normally covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic), as long as you complete your degree within the program's set timeframes. You'll have to pay tuition fees if you exceed the time limits under the RTP.

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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How to apply for Doctor of Creative Industries

You apply directly to QUT for all our research degrees.

Are you ready to submit your application?

To complete your application, you'll need to:

  • check you meet the entry requirements
  • look at our research areas
  • agree on a supervisor and research topic with your faculty
  • check costs and scholarships
  • write your research proposal
  • gather your supporting documents.

Follow our step-by-step applying guide to make sure your application meets all the criteria.


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