A PhD Art History program may examine a wide range of fields, such as contemporary art, ancient Near Eastern art, and critical theory. Candidates pursuing a PhD Art History degree may study the broad range of art from around the world and different time periods, such as Native American art, 20th century European art, the arts of China, Japan, Baroque, Greek, and sub-Saharan Africa.
Requirements will differ depending on the university program, however most PhD Art History degrees are usually comprised of coursework, examinations, seminars, teaching, and research. Some may also require knowledge of a second language. Candidates often have the opportunity to conduct research internationally. Research will result in a dissertation or thesis, which candidates usually must defend in front of a panel of experts in the field. Graduates holding PhD Art History degrees often go on to careers in academic institutions, museums and galleries around the world.
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The graduate is profiled as an expert personality, competent in the fields of visual art and pedagogy, prepared for professionally effective research, educational and cultural activity. [+]
Media and Film Studies at SOAS has an expanding programme of doctoral research with some thirty research students currently enrolled. Our research students work on an exceptionally wide range of topics, both theoretical and empirical, with about half coming from Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and half from Europe and North America. [+]
The Centre for Film and Screen Studies invites applications for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in Film and Screen Studies with particular reference to Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East. The Centre’s geographical focus on film/screen industries and movements beyond the dominant Western ‘global’ Hollywood and European economies of production, distribution and exhibition, makes the Centre unique in its approach. We are also keen to promote research on the transnational, transcultural and multi-media nature of the image in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. [+]
While a research degree should be very rewarding personally, it is also a serious and sometimes intense undertaking. Under the current system, a full-time doctoral student has three years to complete a full draft of her or his thesis and then a further one year for writing up (known as a 3+1 degree). There are always solitary moments when carrying out individual research, even if a department has a strong collegiate atmosphere, as ours does. Research degrees are generally undertaken by individuals who aim to become professionals in the field of art history and/or archaeology, whether as academics who carry out research and teach in universities or as curators or educators in museums, libraries or archives, or in any number of other related areas such as academic publishing or even the commercial art world. It is generally a good idea to have some experience of work outside university before applying to a doctoral programme, for example, in some role in a museum or gallery. Embarking on a research degree is not just about the qualification but also about developing as a person and a professional so as to be able to contribute to national and international discourses in, and perhaps also far beyond, the history of art and archaeology. [+]
The Academy of Media Arts Cologne offers students, through doctoral regulations adopted in 2004, the possibility to complete philosophical dissertations. [+]
History & Philosophy of Art at Kent provides opportunities for graduate study with well-established researchers in the fields of art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics. Staff research covers contemporary art and aesthetics, modernism, theories of art, the historiography of art and the Cold War; biographical monographs, the photograph (in its historical, contemporary and critical contexts), and the historical interplay of... [+]
The Ph.D. program in Archaeology offers the opportunity for advanced study in the archaeology of Turkey (ancient Anatolia) and the surrounding regions. Students should be interested in [+]
PhD in Archaeology and History of Art
Ph.D. program in Archaeology and History of Art has two different subject concentrations:
Archaeology History of Art
The Ph.D. program in Archaeology offers the opportunity for advanced study in the archaeology of Turkey (ancient Anatolia) and the surrounding regions. Students should be interested in specializations that reflect the expertise of the faculty including the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman or Byzantine periods. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty on-site research at Alalakh, Barcın Höyük, Gordion, Küçükyalı, and Sagalassos among others. Field studies either at an excavation or an internship are required. The program emphasizes archaeological theory and methodology and students are given instruction in ceramic analysis, metallurgy and instrumental analysis. Partnerships with other departments at the university make available specialized instrumentation for analysis. Instruction is offered in scanning electron microscopy (SEM), petrography, micro-soil analysis, trace element analysis, metallurgy (polarizing light microscopy), GIS applications and organic residue analysis. The program also stresses the importance of cultural heritage management and public archaeology education through museums. The Ph.D. program in the History of Art combines the study of the cultural, formal and theoretical aspects of visual culture with academic and practical training in museum studies and heritage site management. Doctoral students in the program are expected to develop an academic specialization in a particular subject or era of art history in which there is faculty expertise (Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk or Ottoman). Additionally, students are expected to acquire a solid theoretical background along with the practical skills that are needed by museums and the heritage management industry. In addition to the upper level and graduate courses offered in the Archaeology and the History of Art department, PhD students in the History of Art are also eligible to take a variety of cross-listed courses in the History Department and the Media and Visual Arts department. The department maintains a close affiliation with many of the Koç Foundation cultural institutions throughout Turkey, particularly the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations located in downtown Istanbul. Field studies are a integral part of the Ph.D. program in the history of art, and all doctoral students are expected to partake in an internship at a museum, cultural heritage organization or an archaeological site.... [-]