Study As
Full Time or Part Time

Principal Supervisor
Professor Simon Biggs

Main Campus
City West

Applications Close
16 Oct 2022

Study Level
PhD or Masters by Research

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$30,000 p.a. available to domestic applicants only

About this project 

This project will provide a context for Contemporary Art higher degree candidates to pursue research topics and questions of their own determination, with the intention that the research will contribute to the advancement of understanding and practice in the visual arts. Projects with a focus on experimental art practices, or new paradigms for how visual art may be practiced or engaged, are especially welcome.

Disciplines of particular focus can include 2D (painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, etc), 3D (sculpture, installation, contemporary glass and ceramics, textiles, etc) and 4D (moving image, new media art, interactive art, virtual and augmented reality, etc) areas.

The key outcomes of the research will be a professional level body of creative work, presented as a final exhibition, screening, performance or publication, and an exegesis outlining the context for, methods employed and insights gained during, the program of research.

Supervisory Team

Please note: the precise makeup of the Supervisory team, typically two or three Supervisors, will depend on the research focus of the candidate - applicants are encouraged to review the listed Supervisor’s University webpages to gain an understanding of the expertise available. External Supervisors can also be appointed, where relevant, as well as end-user partners.

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, successful applicants will be eligible for the Joyner Fine Arts Scholarship. This living allowance scholarship of $30,000 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $45,076 per annum. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders.

International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or PhD.

Additionally applicants must meet the project’s essential selection criteria:
  • Hold relevant and appropriate academic qualifications (e.g. Honours with Distinction in Visual Art)
  • Submit a portfolio of creative works with evidence of an associated record of visual arts exhibitions at recognised venues
  • Provide examples of critical writing on visual art theory and/or practice
Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
  • Have a record of visual arts exhibitions at national or world-class venues
  • Experience in organising and/or curating visual arts exhibitions and events
  • Provide examples of published critical writing on visual art theory and/or practice

Applicants should also submit a full research proposal (approximately 2500 words) that has been developed in consultation with the proposed lead supervisor. A template to help guide this application is available here.

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 16 October 2022.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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