Regulations - Creative Arts And Industries


The Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts – DocFA

Notes:

(i) “Candidate/s” refers to candidate/s for the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.

(ii) “Candidature” refers to a person’s status as a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.

(iii) “Doctoral year” refers to each block of 12 months from the initial date of programme enrolment.

(iv) Full-time and part-time enrolment are defined in the doctoral full-time and part-time enrolment policy and procedures.

General requirements

1 A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts (DocFA) is required to undertake an original and coherent research project and to present the outcomes of that research project for examination as creative work supported by a thesis.

2 The research project must involve enquiry that is experimental and/or critical in nature and be driven by a creative intellectual hypothesis, position, problem or question(s) capable of being rigorously explored and of making an original and significant contribution to knowledge and/or understanding in the relevant field(s) of study.

3 The research project must be conducted under supervision and over the period of enrolment in the DocFA programme, and must be conducted in accordance with the Research Code of Conduct Policy.

4 The work submitted for examination must demonstrate the research achievements of an individual. Where doctoral research involves the contributions of others, those contributions must be clearly identified in accordance with the Doctoral Thesis Policy and Procedures.

5 a The creative work requirement at Regulation 1 must be satisfied by a substantial presentation of creative outputs and/or live performance and/or audio, video, digital or other recording or documentation.

b The creative work must be undertaken and completed through a sustained engagement in creative practice in the relevant field(s) of study.

c The creative work must be submitted for examination as:

either

(i) an exhibition, and/or other live performance held after submission of the thesis.

or

(ii) audio, visual, digital or other recording or documentation submitted together with the thesis.

6 a The thesis requirement at Regulation 1 must be satisfied by a cohesive written document, which shall not normally exceed 30,000 words.

b The thesis must be undertaken and completed in accordance with the Doctoral Thesis Policy and Procedures.

7 The creative work and supporting thesis submitted for examination may, subject to the Doctoral Thesis Policy and Procedures, include published outcomes.

8 In order for the DocFA degree to be awarded, Regulation 48 must be satisfied, and the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate[s]) must be:

a satisfied that, subject to Regulation 44, the candidate has performed at doctoral level in an oral examination, held in accordance with Regulation 45, on the submitted creative work and supporting thesis, the subject of the creative work and supporting thesis and the field(s) to which the subject belongs

and

b satisfied, by the examination process prescribed by these regulations, that:

(i) the submitted creative work is an original and significant creative work

and

(ii) the submitted creative work and thesis meet internationally recognised standards

and

(iii) the thesis is an original contribution to the field of Fine Art and demonstrates knowledge of the artistic practices and literature relevant to the creative work undertaken and the ability to exercise critical and analytical judgment of them.

Duration

9 The creative work and supporting thesis must be submitted for examination within a maximum of 48 months of full-time equivalent enrolment from the initial date of enrolment in the DocFA programme, unless a later submission date is permitted by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) in accordance with the doctoral extension of enrolment policy and procedures.

10 The creative work and supporting thesis must not be submitted in less than 36 months of full-time equivalent enrolment from the initial date of enrolment in the DocFA programme, unless permission is granted by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate).

11 Permission for submission of the creative work and supporting thesis must not be granted where a candidate has been enrolled for less than 24 months full-time equivalent from the initial date of enrolment in the DocFA programme.

12 Part-time enrolment may be permitted, subject to the doctoral full-time and part-time enrolment policy and procedures.

13 A candidate may be permitted to suspend their enrolment subject to the doctoral suspension of enrolment policy and procedures.

Admission

14 To be admitted to the DocFA programme, applicants must satisfy the University’s Admission regulations and are required to have:

a in their most recent attempt at a relevant qualification:

(i) completed the requirements for a Masters degree in a relevant subject area with at least a B+ average at the University of Auckland; in all cases relevance is determined by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate)

or

(ii) completed the requirements for a qualification approved by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) as relevant, with regard to subject area, and as equivalent to a Masters degree with at least a B+ average at the University of Auckland

and

b satisfied the requirements of the DocFA candidate research capacity policy and procedures

and

c satisfied the University of Auckland postgraduate English language requirements and any further requirements for evidence of English language proficiency set by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate)

and

d have a research project approved by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) as consistent with the requirements of Regulation 2 and capable of satisfying the requirements for the award of the DocFA degree

and

e have the approval of the Head(s) of the relevant academic unit(s) or their nominee(s) for the purposes of doctoral matters (“the Academic Head(s)”) with regard to the availability of appropriate supervision and the availability of the research resources deemed necessary by the Academic Head(s).

15 In exceptional circumstances, the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) may, subject to the doctoral exceptional circumstance entry policy and procedures, admit to the DocFA programme an applicant whose qualifications do not meet the requirements of Regulation 14a.

16 An applicant may be considered for transfer from an existing doctoral enrolment subject to the doctoral transfer policy and procedures.

17 An applicant may be considered for off-campus enrolment subject to the doctoral off-campus research policy and procedures.

18 The final decision on admission to the DocFA programme shall be made by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate).

19 Admission to the DocFA programme may be rescinded prior to enrolment in the programme where information that was not available to the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) at the time the admission decision was made, and which would have resulted in a different decision being made, becomes available, or where, due to circumstances unforeseeable at the time of the decision, supervision and/or necessary resources will no longer be available for the enrolment.

20 Admission to the DocFA programme is valid for up to six months (or a maximum of 12 months in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate)) from the date of notification of admission to the programme. Where enrolment in the programme does not occur within that time, re-application for admission to the programme is required.

21 Concurrent enrolment in another programme at the University of Auckland or at another institution is not permitted except as approved by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) in exceptional circumstances.

Supervision

22 The Academic Head(s) is (are) responsible for the provision of supervision for the duration of the candidate’s enrolment.

23 The Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) will appoint at least two supervisors for each candidate in accordance with the doctoral supervision policy and procedures.

24 Changes in supervision during candidature are subject to the doctoral supervision policy and procedures and the approval of the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate), with whom the final decision as to the appointment of supervisors rests.

Enrolment and Candidature

25 Except for any period(s) of suspension approved under Regulation 13, candidates are required to be enrolled continuously from the initial date of enrolment in the DocFA programme until the date of the submission of the creative work and supporting thesis under Regulations 9-11.

26 Candidature for the DocFA degree commences upon enrolment in the DocFA programme and continues, regardless of any period(s) of suspension approved under Regulation 13, until the date on which any one of the following occurs:

a notification from the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) that all requirements for the award of the degree at Regulation 8 have been met;

b notification from the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) that the final decision under Regulation 47 is that the degree not be awarded;

c candidature expires under Regulation 29;

d a candidate withdraws from the programme under Regulation 49;

e candidature is terminated by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) pursuant to Regulation 50.

27 Candidature is provisional until confirmed and is subject to the doctoral confirmation of candidature policy and procedures, the doctoral continuation of confirmed candidature policy and procedures, and the doctoral candidature intervention policy and procedures.

28 The following additional confirmation milestone is required for all candidates and is subject to the doctoral confirmation of candidature policy and procedures: completion of a substantial piece of creative work or works to the satisfaction of the supervisors and the Confirmation Review Committee.

29 a Candidature expires when the creative work and supporting thesis are not submitted for examination by the date required under Regulation 9.

b Candidature expires when the creative work and supporting thesis are not submitted for examination by the date specified by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) pursuant to Regulation 46.

30 Where candidature has expired under Regulation 29, it may be reinstated only as the outcome of a successful application to the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) for a (retrospective) extension of enrolment, or by successful appeal under Regulation 55(b) of a decision by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) to decline an extension of enrolment (retrospective or otherwise).

31 Enrolment in the DocFA programme is not possible where candidature remains expired under Regulation 29 or where a candidate withdraws from the programme under Regulation 49.

32 Termination of candidature under Regulation 50 is also termination of enrolment in the DocFA programme for enrolled candidates.

33 Candidates who are required, pursuant to Regulation 46, to revise and resubmit their creative work and/or their supporting thesis for examination by the date specified by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) are required to be enrolled for the duration of the period of revision of the creative work and/or supporting thesis. The maximum duration of enrolment for revision and resubmission of the creative work and/or supporting thesis pursuant to Regulation 46 is 12 months full-time equivalent.

34 Candidates who wish to be absent from the University in pursuit of their research for more than one month during enrolment are subject to the doctoral off-campus research policy and procedures.

35 Candidates are subject to the Research Code of Conduct Policy and all University statutes, regulations, rules, policies and procedures relating to student conduct and obligations (academic or otherwise) for the duration of candidature.

36 Candidates may change the title of their research project at any point prior to submission of the creative work and supporting thesis for examination, subject to the approval of the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate).

Fees

37 All fees required by and pursuant to the Fees Statute must be paid for the duration of enrolment in the DocFA programme.

38 Tuition fees are not payable for any period during which enrolment has been suspended under Regulation 13.

39 a A candidate who withdraws from the DocFA programme, or who has their candidature terminated, will receive a refund of one-twelfth of the tuition fee paid for the current doctoral year per each complete month of the period between the date of withdrawal from the programme or termination of candidature and the end of the current doctoral year.

b A candidate who submits their creative work and supporting thesis will receive a refund of one-twelfth of the tuition fee paid for the current doctoral year per each complete month of the period between the date of submission and the end of the current doctoral year, provided the candidate has been enrolled for at least 36 months full-time equivalent.

40 Graduation is not permitted until all outstanding monies owing to the University have been paid.

Submission

41 The creative work and supporting thesis must be submitted in accordance with the DocFA submission and examination procedures.

Examination

42 For each candidate, the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) will appoint two examiners, at least one of whom must be based outside New Zealand, in accordance with the doctoral appointment of examiners policy and procedures.

43 The examination for the DocFA degree must be conducted in accordance with the DocFA submission and examination procedures and/or, where the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) regards it as warranted, the doctoral examination extraordinary circumstances and posthumous award procedures.

44 Except where a candidate is exempted pursuant to the doctoral examination extraordinary circumstances and posthumous award procedures, the DocFA degree cannot be awarded where an oral examination has not taken place.

45 Where a candidate proceeds to oral examination, the oral examination is to be held in accordance with the DocFA submission and examination procedures.

46 The Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) will consider all examination reports and recommendations made pursuant to the DocFA submission and examination procedures, and determine the outcome of the examination.

Final Decision

47 The final decision as to the award of the DocFA degree will be made by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate(s)), who may also be the decision-maker at Regulation 46.

48 The final examined and approved thesis, together with a record or documentation of the creative work presented and successfully examined, must be submitted in accordance with the DocFA submission and examination procedures in order for the requirements of the DocFA degree to be met.

Withdrawal from Programme

49 A candidate may withdraw from the DocFA programme at any time by notifying the University in writing. Retraction of the programme withdrawal is not permitted.

Termination of Candidature

50 The Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) may terminate the candidature of any enrolled or non-enrolled candidate on any one or more of the following grounds:

a failure to meet the requirements for confirmation of candidature pursuant to Regulation 27

b failure to meet the requirements for continuation of confirmed candidature pursuant to Regulation 27

c failure to satisfy conditions imposed on candidature pursuant to Regulation 27

d failure to comply with candidature reporting requirements pursuant to Regulation 27

e failure to complete or satisfactorily complete revisions to any component of the examined creative work and supporting thesis by the date required by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate)

f failure to comply with submission requirements pursuant to Regulation 48

g failure to make payment of any tuition fees related to enrolment in the DocFA by the due date

Note: For the avoidance of doubt, termination of candidature pursuant to this Regulation 50 is permanent unless successfully appealed in accordance with Regulation 55b.

51 Before the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) makes a decision as to termination of candidature pursuant to Regulation 50, the candidate will be given notice of termination proceedings and allowed fourteen calendar days to make a submission for the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) to take into account in making that decision.

52 Cancellation or prohibition of enrolment and/or candidature pursuant to any disciplinary statute of the University takes precedence over the provisions of these regulations.

53 a Where a candidate withdraws from the DocFA programme, or has their candidature terminated, or fails to meet the requirement for the award of the DocFA, admission to a new DocFA or other doctoral programme in Fine Arts at a later date will not normally be permitted.

b A person who withdraws from any doctoral programme in Fine Arts (or equivalent) or has their doctoral candidature in Fine Arts (or equivalent) terminated (or equivalent), or who fails to meet the requirements for the award of a doctoral degree in Fine Arts (or equivalent), will not normally be admitted to the DocFA, except in accordance with the doctoral transfer policy and procedures. In all cases, equivalence is determined by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate).

Variations

54 In exceptional circumstances, the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) may approve a variation to the policies, procedures and regulations for candidature, except where variation of a national or government directive or requirement is involved.

Appeals

55 a Candidates may appeal decisions made by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) pertaining to extension and suspension of enrolment, subject to the doctoral candidature appeal procedures.

b A former candidate may appeal the decision made by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) to terminate candidature or to decline an extension of enrolment, subject to the doctoral candidature appeal procedures.

56 Appeals as to extension and suspension of enrolment and termination of candidature will be determined in accordance with the doctoral candidature appeal procedures.

57 Candidates and former candidates may appeal the outcome of a DocFA examination only on the grounds that the result was materially impacted by a procedural flaw in the examination process, and subject to the doctoral examination appeal procedures.

58 Appeals as to examination will be determined in accordance with the doctoral examination appeal procedures.

Dispute Resolution

59 Disputes are to be resolved according to the Resolution of Student Academic Complaints and Disputes Statute.

60 Any matter that has been, could have been or could be appealed under the provisions of Regulation 55 or 57 is precluded from consideration as a dispute under Regulation 59.

Further Provisions

61 a The DocFA programme is subject to the Limited Entry Statute.

b Candidates are subject to:

(i) the Degrees and Diplomas Statute and the Conferment of Academic Qualifications and Academic Dress Statute

and

(ii) the provisions of the Enrolment and Programme regulations pertaining to members of the security intelligence service, rescindment and surrender of qualifications and the Provost’s Special Powers

and

(iii) the Examination Regulations, where coursework is prescribed pursuant to Regulation 27.

62 The doctoral policies and procedures cited in these regulations may be reviewed and amended from time-to-time.

63 Candidates are subject to any additional doctoral policies and procedures devised in support of these regulations and amended from time-to-time.

64 These regulations may be reviewed and amended from time-to-time.

65 These regulations came into force on 1 January 2022.

66 For candidates initially enrolled under previous regulations, the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) may agree to vary the application of the provisions of these regulations to ensure consistency with the provisions of the regulations under which the candidate was enrolled, where it is satisfied that the candidate would otherwise be at a disadvantage.

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