Performing Arts PhD Unit Set
Research in performing arts at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts covers a diversity of creative disciplines.
This includes electronic music and sound art, historical performance practice (especially early keyboard), jazz and contemporary music, dance and choreography, physical theatre, theatre-making (acting, directing, script-writing), dance health, and motion capture applications. We have an established record of leadership and success within practice-led-research, with many staff well-recognised in the profession as well as academia. The school boasts world-class performance facilities, extensive rehearsal and studio space, Australia’s largest collection of historic pianos, and state of the art laboratories for sound spatialisation and motion capture. Specific postgraduate research topics are typically developed in conjunction with the postgraduate coordinator or potential supervisors. We welcome applications from graduates and elite artist-practitioners across the gamut of the performing arts, particularly those who aspire to innovation, excellence, and leadership within their creative practice and through their contributions to academic discourse.
Special entry requirements
It is desirable that all applicants contact a potential supervisor to discuss their research project before applying. Information about ECU's Research Institutions, Centres and Supervisors can be found in the school brochures listed on the Applying for a Research Degree’ website or the staff contact page of the relevant School. At this time, applicants will be advised if they are required to attend an audition and/or an interview (the latter may be arranged online).
Availability & Campus
Candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy Integrated (J42) may be required to attend classes on more than one campus to complete the research training component of the course.
Candidates are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors as part of the supervised independent research component of the course.