How to Apply

Before you apply to do a research degree, you will need to do some research on your research. Visit Before you apply for important information to consider when applying to study a higher degree in the School of Art, Architecture and Design (AAD).

The Research Degrees website has everything you need to know about becoming a higher degree by research student at the University of South Australia. The seven-step guide on how to apply will step you through the process of preparing your application.

When you are ready to apply for your research degree, use Apply Online, a secure step-by step online service.

Other information required from Higher Degree by Research applicants when you apply:

  • Proposal Outline (750 words or less). Apply Online will require you to state succinctly and clearly your proposed research topic, together with a brief description of your research methodology and a bibliography of key references
  • An indication of proposed supervision arrangements (if known). It is important that you have established that there is a supervisor available to supervise your proposed project, go here for more information
  • Portfolio submission. Please note that a portfolio must be submitted by Visual Arts by Major Studio Project applicants only. Portfolios need to be submitted prior to the 23 September for Australian applicants and 15 June for International applicants to make a preliminary assessment prior to the respective application closing dates.

Preparing your portfolio

Visual Arts by Major Studio Project applicants only are required to submit a portfolio. Portfolios should be the applicant's own original recent work and may include:

  • Art works (drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, installation, performance, ceramics, prints, glass, jewellery/metal, textiles)
  • Graphic design or illustration work (logos, posters, publication covers, illustrations, web designs, design tenders)
  • Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture - construction and design drawings

Portfolio Requirements:

  • Up to 15 images of works on a DVD or USB, maximum duration 10 minutes. Please provide a list of all images with name, title, date, medium and dimensions, and ensure all support material is labelled.
  • Statement of Academic Qualifications. Please state your undergraduate academic qualifications, together with any postgraduate qualifications or experience
  • Curriculum Vitae. Please state your career achievements, with particular emphasis upon those relevant to your proposed program of study. You may also outline employment experience relevant to your proposed program of study
  • Proposal Outline (750 words or less)

Portfolio submission

Portfolios must be submitted to the AAD Research Support Team at the School of Art, Architecture and Design.