After my 2nd Honours thesis, I thought: ‘actually this is a thing that needs to be done because it hasn’t been done before’ Then I got the opportunity, with an APA scholarship to do a PhD.
Masters in Teaching (Honours)
Throughout the course of the Masters of Teaching I’d kind of been interested in the history of teaching art. There was not a lot of literature about it. I was looking for stuff and it was either stuff written by art teachers or more reflective pieces that weren’t really formal research work. There was nothing that really canvassed the history of art education in Australia. So I started my second honours project and I wrote on a very narrow part of art education in the history of Australia. I used one historical magazine and traced what they said, because it was such a short project.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
It’s funny, I’ve thought ‘really I’m a Victorian Scholar.’ I had thought it’d be interesting to look at why we teach the way we do today, because that’s a really interesting topic. However, when I started, I found myself working back and back in history. I guess maybe I’m an historian after all because I wanted to know how it started in Australia. The only reason I started in 1850 and not 1788 is because there’s nothing really happening or recorded before then. I wanted to know how art education started in Australia and how we have ended up with what we have today.
How to Apply
How to apply for a research degree
Applying for entry to a research degree requires some time and preparation.
Step 1. Identify and establish an academic contact/potential supervisor
Contact a member of academic staff to send your initial research proposal to. Use our Research Supervisor Connect tool to find them.
Step 2. Develop and submit an initial research proposal
Once you have initiated discussions with an academic contact, you should prepare your initial research proposal of around 500 words.
Step 3. Revise and finalise your research proposal
In conjunction with your academic contact, refine your research proposal ready for submission of your formal application.
Step 4. Identify and contact two academic referees
Once you have completed the proposal and had it reviewed by your academic contact, you’re ready to submit your application.
Step 6. Submit your application
All research applications are made online through the Find a course database. For PhD applications, go to Find a Course, search for 'Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)' and pick your faculty. Click 'apply now' and follow the instructions.
You may be required to provide supporting documentation. All documents submitted need to be either original or certified according to the University's Certification of Documents Guidelines (PDF 40KB).
Note for International students
The University of Sydney has many scholarships available for international students.
Note for local students
Domestic research students are exempt from paying fees for the duration of their course.
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