Postgraduate research at COFA is at the forefront of experimental art and design. It encompasses a broad range of practice-based and theoretical areas, and promotes interdisciplinary experimentation. We have strong postgraduate cohorts in areas such as media arts, immersive interactivity, art and ecology, creative robotics, art and politics, and experimental curating. Supervision is provided by research leaders in each of these fields.
The Faculty supports postgraduate research through a dynamic program of events, and through dedicated postgraduate seminars. Research degrees may be supplemented by coursework. Our newly developed campus with designated research zones and Labs provides research commons space for all higher degree research students. All of our programs can be undertaken through practice-based, hybrid or written studies only approaches. We offer:
Doctoral Research (PhD)
PhDs make an original contribution to art, design and media knowledge via practice and/or written thesis. Candidates work with a supervisor – usually a research leader in the research field – to shape their research question, proposition and approach. PhD research is supported by courses run by COFA on research foundations in experimental art, media and design, by postgraduate research laboratory spaces and by a lively and rich staff and student research culture.
Entry to a PhD at COFA requires a first class honors degree or equivalent – a prior Masters by Research degree with equivalent grading or Faculty-evaluated professional experience. We encourage proposals for transdisciplinary research in all areas of practice and theory aligned with the Faculty’s research strengths of media and Innovation, environment and sustainability, art and social practice, including visual anthropology, and experimental curatorial projects.
PhD candidature is for a maximum of 4 years fulltime, 6 years part-time. There are two kinds of COFA PhDs:
PhD in Art, Design and Media
PhD in Visual Anthropology and Visual Culture
PhD in Art, Design and Media Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
An MPhil provides a structured research training pathway into PhD research and/or retraining in new research fields for the candidate.
Candidates work with a supervisor – usually a research leader in the research field – to shape their research question, proposition and approach. They also undertake a suite of coursework offerings that support their research training and tie in with their research project. MPhil candidates are also supported through access to postgraduate laboratory spaces and to Faculty-wide postgraduate research culture and events.
The minimum length of candidature is 1 year and the maximum length is 2 years. For further information on entry requirements, visit the MPhil program:
Masters by Research
A Masters by Research degree requires completion of an original piece of research that demonstrates mastery and excellence in a field or across fields. Candidates work with a supervisor to develop an independent practice-based or written research project in art, media and/or design fields. Masters by Research candidature is supported through access to postgraduate laboratory spaces and to Faculty-wide postgraduate research culture and events.
Masters by Research programs run for 2 years fulltime or 3 years part-time. COFA offers the following programs: