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Creative practice research

The School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) offers research degrees in creative practice at both Masters and PhD levels. There is a strong focus on creative practice research in the School, with many staff members and postgraduate students engaged in creative practice research projects.

SASS students can work on creative projects across a number of fields, such as: creative writing; new media; music composition, performance, analysis or education; 2D and 3D visual arts. View the video on this page for a brief outline of some of the work that has been undertaken within creative practice research degrees at SCU.


Creative practice research projects

At SCU, creative practice research is understood as constituting an enquiry that is undertaken jointly across both artistic and traditional scholarly forms - that is, students undertaking a creative practice research degree pursue a research question across multiple forms, and the thesis will consist of both a 'creative component' and a 'written component' that have a symbiotic relationship.

While the exact form, scale and relationship between these two components will be negotiated between the candidate, their supervisors and the Director of Higher Degree Research Training, these two components should be considered equally important in constituting the thesis as a whole. Additionally, all higher degrees, regardless of orientation, are expected to adhere to the standards of excellence for Masters and PhD programs outlined in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

All final research degree thesis submissions will include:

  1. Comprehensive research into the broad field of study (as usually demonstrated in a literature and/or artefact review);
  2. The development and explanation of a methodology appropriate for the topic as a higher degree research project;
  3. The presentation of an original body of theoretical, analytical and/or creative work appropriate to a higher degree research project;
  4. An analysis of the material presented in the degree submission in terms of its method, and reflection upon the nature of the project, broader issues that emerge and implications for future work in the field.