The PhD: Getting Started

The following pages bring together key links and information to help you develop your research at WSA, complete the necessary steps of the PhD, and to connect with the School’s wider research community and activities. If there is further information or advice you think would be useful to include here please let us know.


Useful Links

Research Skills for Postgraduate Researchers [via Blackboard]*

Faculty Graduate School Sharepoint



Research Ethics and Professional Integrity

Researcher Development & Graduate Centre

Vitae – Realising the Potential of Researchers

Practice PhD Toolkit– a catalogue of articles in appendix about practice research and to help develop a literature review

How to Survive your PhD – Free MOOC, based at the Australian National University* Login required.


Getting Started with Research – Useful Reading

Barrett, Estelle and Bolt, Barbara (eds.) (2010), Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry. IB Tauris.

Bennett, Audrey (2006) Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design. New York : Princeton Architectural Press.

Biggs, Michael and Karlsson, Henrik (eds) (2012), The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts. Routledge.

Elkins, James (2014) Artists with PhDs: On the New Doctoral Degree in Studio Art.

Gray, Carole and  Malins, Julian (2004) Visualizing Research: A Guide to the Research Process in Art and Design. Ashgate.

Manghani, Sunil (2013) Image Studies: Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.

Macleod, Katy & Holdridge, Lin (ed.) (2009) Thinking Through Art: Reflections on Art as Research. London: Routledge

Nelson, Robin (2013) Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances. Palgrave Macmillan.

Sullivan, Graeme (2010) Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts, 2nd ed. London: Sage.

Smith, Hazel (2009) Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press.

The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), SHARE – Handbook for Artistic Research Education [PDF]