Master of Philosophy - Creative Arts (By Research)

James Cook University JCU

In this program students complete an integrated project including a creative work in the chosen discipline together with appropriate documentary evidence of the creative practice underpinning the work and a substantial thesis or equivalent, synthesising the research and creative practice.

Course Fee:

Australian: $45,200
International: $71,600

Entry Requirements:

A relevant Honours degree (Class I or II); or a postgraduate qualification in Research Methods: a postgraduate qualification which included 0.5 semester supervised research with a minimum Credit grade (or equivalent) and 1 research methods subject; or a combination of qualifications and research equivalent to the above


Research degree oriented towards a student's own artistic practice. Study areas within the School include Communication design; Music; Creative industries; Photography; New media arts; Visual arts.

Subjects you can Study:

Creative arts; Music; Photography

Further information:

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research supervisor. This course is also available to international students by offshore external study. For more information:

Who for:

Creative arts graduates

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00117J

Related Careers:

Artist, Craftsperson, Musician, Photographer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Cairns No info Yes Full time 2 years
Townsville No info Yes Part time 4 years
Townsville No info Yes Full time 2 years
Townsville No info Yes Online
Cairns No info Yes Part time 4 years

Study for life

JCU’s commitment to providing you with the skills needed to be job-ready is consistently rewarded with a five-star rating for ‘full-time graduate employment’ (The Good Universities Guide 2018). JCU graduates are also leading the way in employer satisfaction, receiving the highest rating in a national report (QILT 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey).

University study areas

  • Arts (Social Sciences)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Education 
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Planning
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Veterinary Science

Flexible learning options

You can choose an on-campus university lifestyle, study online and externally, or combine the two options. Within your degree, you also have the flexibility to enrol in a major from one discipline while broadening your knowledge by taking electives from other JCU disciplines. 

As part of your degree, you may also have the exciting opportunity to study overseas with one of JCU's many partner universities.

Campus locations

JCU is a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Russo Higher Education-run campus in Brisbane offers courses for international students and we have study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.

Progressive facilities

Huge investments in university infrastructure ensure you enjoy modern facilities, including: 

  • Technologically advanced lecture theatres that support teaching and learning 
  • A dental clinic
  • A variety of vet and dry laboratories 
  • Speech and language clinic
  • Exercise physiology and movement analysis labs
  • Veterinary hospital
  • Modern libraries
  • Computer labs 
  • Recording studio
  • Lighting studio
  • Art galleries
  • Accommodation halls of residence.

Field work at amazing locations

JCU’s access to the most spectacular and diverse natural laboratories in the world offer advantages to you that cannot be overstated. Field site environments for research on coral reefs, tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, woodland savannahs and the arid outback are all available in

our backyard. The university has field research stations available for field trips, study and research, including: 

  • JCU Fletcherview Research Station
  • JCU Orpheus Island Research Station
  • JCU Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre (Malanda)
  • JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory.

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