Higher degree research programs involve a 2 to 4 year full-time extended research project resulting in either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Art History, Art Theory, Design or Visual Arts. Part-time study is available.
Coursework is a compulsory component of the programs that equates to approximately one semester. Two coursework courses cover visual arts research methods and writing about practice, while a further two deal with important aspects of research training, such as proposal and report writing, literature and artefact reviews, fieldwork and ethics.
Each degree is undertaken primarily as either a practice-led research project or as a written research project.
Practice-led research project in design or visual arts
Students construct a project under the supervision of a panel whose expertise encompasses studio practice, art theory and art history.
The practice-led research project is accompanied by a 14,000 word exegesis for the MPhil and a 28,000 word exegesis for the PhD.
Research project in art history or art theory
Students develop a project under the supervision of a panel primarily located within the Centre for Art History and Art Theory. The research interests of the Centre’s staff can be found at https://researchers.anu.edu.au/.
In the MPhil program students complete a thesis up to 60,000 words and in the PhD program a thesis up to 100,000 words.