The University of Auckland DMA is a three-year full-time advanced creative practice and research degree.
- During the DMA programme you will undertake a three-part programme of academic and practical research in performance, repertoire and pedagogy in your instrument or performance medium, and present a total of five public recitals.
- By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the DMA programme, including developing a full proposal for both your thesis and future recitals, and completing at least one public recital.
- On entry to the DMA programme, you will be provisionally enrolled.
- After confirmation, you will continue to work on your research and perform recital(s) before submitting your thesis and completing your Final Recital after three years.
- Alongside your performance work, you will write a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of knowledge relating to your music performance, and shows your ability to articulate critical judgement and performance theory, while demonstrating a knowledge of the literature relevant to the history and performing practice of the music contained in your examinable programmes.
DMA candidates can take part in our doctoral skills programme, designed to help you achieve success in your research and develop skills for your future. We have a dedicated postgraduate careers advisor, and our library service includes specialist subject librarians to help you in your research. The central School of Graduate Studies provides dedicated support and advice for the doctoral community.
Part-time enrolment is available for New Zealand students, in which case provisional enrolment lasts for 24 months, and you must submit your thesis and complete your final recital for examination 6 years after your start date. For students who have undertaken a mix of part-time and full-time study, submission deadlines are calculated on a pro-rata basis.
Visa conditions generally stipulate that international DMA students must be enrolled full time.