Doctorate Degrees in Fine Arts

Compare 3 PhD Programs in Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Earning a Ph.D. can be done in as little as two years. This advanced degree can open doors to incredible career and professional development opportunities.

What is a Ph.D. in Fine Arts? A Doctorate in Fine Arts can be earned in about two years, provided students are able to attend school full-time and complete the necessary coursework and other requirements on schedule. The fine arts program is most often devoted to helping students graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen field, whether it be graphic design, visual communications, painting, drawing, or sculpture. Students can receive hands-on training and advice from experts in the field, and they are able to practice theories and develop creative methods with guidance and assistance from professors and professionals alike.

Individuals who earn a Doctorate in Fine Arts often improve their problem solving and communication skills, and they can graduate with excellent reading, writing, and critical thinking skills as they write, develop, and defend their thesis.

The cost of earning a Ph.D. in Fine Arts varies and depends on each student’s individual circumstances, school, and program. Because the cost varies, students are advised to contact directly their prospective school in order to receive current information regarding the cost of earning their doctorate degrees.

Receiving a doctoral degree in fine arts can lead to employment as a museum curator, as the director of an art museum, or as the creative director for an animation or graphic design company. Individuals who receive a Ph.D. in Fine Arts can also choose education as a career path and teach in universities or colleges as professors and assistant professors of fine arts or other art-related classes.

Many schools have online options available, which allow students to earn their degrees on a flexible schedule. If you would like to further your education and earn a doctorate degree in fine arts, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture

Aalto University
Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Espoo

The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture offers an international doctoral programme for those seeking careers in art, design, film, media or architecture. Studies leading to a doctoral degree can be taken in all research fields represented at the School. The normative time to take the degree for full-time doctoral students is four years. [+]

PhDs in Fine Arts. Doctoral studies in Arts, Design and Architecture have been offered since the 1910's. From 1981 onwards the main degree has been the Doctor of Arts degree. The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture offers an international doctoral programme for those seeking careers in art, design, film, media or architecture. Studies leading to a doctoral degree can be taken in all research fields represented at the School. The normative time to take the degree for full-time doctoral students is four years. The special feature of the programme is that the dissertation can also include art or design productions. Department of Art, Department of Design, Department of Film, Television and Scenography and Department of Media offer doctoral studies for Doctor of Arts degree. The Department of Architecture is the oldest and largest of the three departments of architecture in Finland. The first publication of a doctoral dissertation took place in 1921, and since then over fifty candidates have been awarded their doctoral degrees. Postgraduate degree studies are offered for Doctor of Science (Architecture) degrees. Doctoral education at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture is internationally interactive, and the School encourages researcher mobility to foster the exchange of ideas, research collaboration and career development. Annually approx. 15 Doctors of Arts and one or two Doctors of Science (Architecture) are graduating. The employment situation of the graduates is very good. [-]

PhD in Studio Art

Burren College of Art
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 6  September 2017 Ireland Galway + 1 more

The aim of this four year full-time (six year part-time) research programme is the generation of a contribution to knowledge and understanding in Fine Art by means of enquiry conducted through studio research and, where relevant, other research methods. [+]

The aim of this four year full-time (six year part-time) research programme is the generation of a contribution to knowledge and understanding in Fine Art by means of enquiry conducted through studio research and, where relevant, other research methods. During the programme, students receive training in research methods and complete a research project based on a key research question. Students are also expected to: Pursue a defined key research question through studio research Investigate cognate studio research undertaken by others internationally Explore the theoretical and historical dimensions of the enquiry through scholarship Collaborate with others, as appropriate, to extend the range of the enquiry Produce a body of work that embodies new knowledge in answer to the key research question Write a brief summary of the contribution to knowledge and understanding together with a reflective analysis of the theoretical and historical context of the research and a critical review of the process of the research. Programmes of Enquiry We welcome proposals for studio based PhDs in the following aspects of studio art: Drawing as a process of enquiry Art and Ecology Creative methods and methodology Digital narrative (in collaboration with the Huston Film School, NUI Galway) Interdisciplinary research that promotes collaboration across academic boundaries (with potentially any department of NUI, Galway) Students may also propose research projects outside these criteria for consideration by the Burren College of Art. A proposal for a research project should outline a key research question; the field of enquiry and planned research methods; a statement outlining why you want to pursue a PhD; and a current reading list. We welcome informal enquiries in advance of a formal application, and will assist shortlisted applicants to develop their proposals. In the first year students take courses in research methods and historical and critical studies and participate in the PhD induction programme of the Faculty of Arts at NUI Galway. Full-time PhD students have their own dedicated studio space at Burren College of Art with 24/7 access and the availability of all BCA faculty as appropriate. Part-time students should have their own studio space and be available for regular contact with their supervisor at BCA. Supervision Supervision is undertaken by committee comprising of your main supervisor and faculty from Burren College of Art, the National a University of Ireland, Galway, and external experts as appropriate. PhD in Studio Art - Admissions Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with Honours in Fine Art (First class or 2:1, or a GPA of 3.50 or above), or a masters degree in fine art. Applicants with an MFA degree may apply for a four year programme of research leading to the award of the PhD. Applicants who do not have an MFA may apply for the MFA with the possibility of progression to PhD, with two options at the end of Year One: Research for three more years leading to the award of the PhD Research for one more year leading to the award of the MFA For more information about the application process and proposal guidelines, please visit our website at: http://burrencollege.ie/college/phd-studio-art-admissions [-]

PhD Fine Art

University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom Chatham + 1 more

The Fine Art PhD programme enables you to develop your work through an intensive period of study in an ambitious and challenging research environment. Alongside supervisory support, you are offered workshops, seminars and exhibition opportunities throughout your research period. [+]

PhDs in Fine Arts. Overview Postgraduate studies in Fine Art at Kent offer you an energetic, challenging and open framework in which to explore your artistic practice. The programme welcomes independent thinkers who seek to develop their practice in a discursive environment that brings together a diverse set of attitudes to making and producing art work in contemporary culture. As a student, you are encouraged to realise your creative and intellectual potential within your discipline informed by specialists within your field. The Fine Art PhD programme enables you to develop your work through an intensive period of study in an ambitious and challenging research environment. Alongside supervisory support, you are offered workshops, seminars and exhibition opportunities throughout your research period. Course structure You have your own studio space in which to explore and test your studio work, with full access to workshops and high quality resources at our multimillion pound development on the Chatham Historic Dockyard, just 45 minutes from London. The programme welcomes students who wish to pursue any form of artistic practice in an interdisciplinary studio-based research environment. Research students are supported through their studies by a supervisory team and regular supervisory meetings. You are provided with research methodology training sessions to ground and support your research in its early stages, as well as offered a breadth of research seminars, workshops and symposia. Research students are encouraged to enrol on the Researcher Development Programme provided by the University’s Graduate School, and to attend regular Research Centre and Research Group led events. You have access to a national and international cross-disciplinary visiting lecture series enabling you to access specialists in your territory and beyond. Entry requirements An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies. A portfolio of creative work is required for admission. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. Location: Medway [-]