Postgraduate Research Community

The Department of Art offers a supportive, stimulating and creative, international environment in which to develop your doctoral research. We welcome applications from students with a wide range of backgrounds from the UK and internationally. Our research programmes are designed for artists and curators who would like to explore and develop their understanding of their practice, and in so doing to contribute to the wider cultural context through original critical work.

Our focus is on research areas within the Department and on interdisciplinary research between Art. We have a specific expertise in supporting practice-based research both in Art and in Curating.

The PhD programme has strong links to the taught programmes in the department and you will also have access to the departments lecture and visiting artists' programme, workshop and research facilities.

Research Culture

Researchers can draw on the specific and particular expertise of the academics through the supervisory relationship at this level as well as capitalize on the wide variety of Research Centres and expertise within the wider University.

In addition to the bespoke seminars and supervision for PhD, we have a lively cohort of researchers, taught post graduate as well as undergraduate students who take part in informal learning in a variety of ways that include shared discussion groups through theory seminars, shared crits and PhDs teaching within the department to their specialism. You are encouraged to take part in the following:-

Regular (twice a term) seminars across the PhD group

An interdisciplinary self organized graduate conference every year with high profile speakers.

Multi-level Art theory seminars delivered by staff members.

The support of the University Graduate school

Training sessions offered by the Graduate school

Bespoke practice based training within the Dept.

Advisors from across the university departments, as and when supportive for your project

Membership of ICA in London

Use of ICA for seminars and graduate conference

Regular visiting speakers within Fine Art as well as across the University

The Research Platform for Curatorial and Cross-disciplinary Cultural Studies [LINK], is a practice-based doctoral programme [LINK], which is offered in collaboration with the Postgraduate Programme in Curating at the University of the Arts in Zurich provides an international platform for curators and artists who want to pursue pratice-based research in the expanded field of Curating.

Faculty in Art include:

Dr Kate Allen, Professor Susanne Clausen, Christine Ellison, Dr Rachel Garfield, Robert Garnett, Ciara Healy, Dr. Pil & Dr. Galia Kollectiv ,Tina O'Connell, Tim Renshaw, Dr. Dorothee Richter, Professor Alun Rowlands, Professor John Russell.

For more information please contact our Director of Postgraduate Studies: Dr Rachel Garfield


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