Interinstitutional doctorate in art and culture


Program Description

The Interinstitutional Doctorate in Art and Culture (DIAC) is the result of the conjunction of academic efforts of the Public Universities of the Western Center Region of ANUIES in which universities participate: Autónoma de Aguascalientes; from Guadalajara; of Guanajuato and the Michoacana of San Nicolás de Hidalgo. It has been created for the training of duly trained specialists in the analysis, research and diffusion of culture and art, from the local and regional spheres of Mexico to the adequate and necessary reflection on these issues in a global dimension. Although Latin American culture and art are proposed as a fundamental object of study, the nexuses that this geographical area has with other cultural systems are not excluded in any way.

Around art (and its specific disciplines, from literature to theater, from performative arts such as dance to film, from oral traditions and cultural heritage to avant-garde art and design) and culture its broader and more comprehensive sense, that is, how to make a human being a society), systematic research becomes more necessary than ever in order to form more critical and reflexive societies in the understanding that artistic and cultural phenomena their different manifestations, are a pertinent and plurisignificative object that must be studied from different theoretical perspectives in the universities of Mexico.

This postgraduate program offers the academic community, as well as professionals of the arts and culture, a scientific quality space for their postgraduate training focused on research, to deepen the analysis of cultural and artistic phenomena, in an interdisciplinary environment that enable and boost teamwork.

The program is oriented towards research and analysis of art and cultural heritage (tangible and intangible), taking artistic cultural heritage as a set of manifestations generating identity, ideological and aesthetic processes.

The DIAC has a core academic core of 20 full-time professors with 70% members of the National System of Researchers (SNI) in levels I and II, integrated in five lines of Generation and Application of Knowledge (LGAC): Studies social aspects of art and culture; Analysis of artistic discourse; Visual arts; Performative arts and cultural heritage.

This interinstitutional doctorate has a maximum duration of four years with full time dedication and is aimed at professionals in the arts, social sciences or humanities.

Its curricular structure consists of three areas of formation :

  • Basic area with a common trunk consisting of materials for theoretical and methodological training.
  • Area of ​​specialization in intensive semester accreditation modules, with option of research stays focused on doctoral research work.
  • Seminars of particularizing research for the accomplishment of the thesis. They are conducted through independent learning activities of doctoral students under the supervision of their director and thesis advisers, with plenary sessions each semester end to feed back the advances.


To train doctors with a solid theoretical-methodological competence and a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective for the understanding and analysis of artistic and cultural phenomena.

Specific objectives

  • Develop and disseminate specialized, updated and scientific knowledge in the fields of culture and the arts as researchers and teachers of excellence.
  • To generate qualified and ethical human resources, with a deep social and critical sense, with work discipline, to advise, direct and evaluate research projects and thesis of degree, in the areas of analysis of art and culture.
  • Promote the development of new methodologies and lines of research relevant to and in line with the social reality of the country, in the fields of analysis, vocational training, specialization, updating, production, and development of art and culture.
  • Generate specialized products of scientific quality in the field of research of art and culture.
  • Contribute to consolidate specialized academic bodies in areas of research and analysis of art and culture.

Graduate Profile


You will have knowledge of four methods of qualitative analysis of artistic works, developed in the twentieth century, each of which emphasizes various aspects: a) the study of the work itself; b) the analysis of the relations between art and other cultural products; c) identification of the determinants produced in art by society which is its specific historical context of production; and d) identification of the links between art, ideologies and theories of art and culture. This will give you the ability to make solid research proposals based on the theoretical-methodological approach.

Will be able to apply methodologies and knowledge that emerged in other areas, the analysis of artistic objects, and the specific issues and aspects of art, that is, can be performed in a transdisciplinary context.


Ability to value the contributions made in the area of ​​artistic analysis up to the present and to open new lines of research that are relevant and necessary, both in relation to the objects of study, as well as in the techniques and methodologies of analysis applied.

Will be able to propose, coordinate and carry out research projects carried out by interdisciplinary teams, providing a greater and deeper understanding of the phenomena and artistic works that constitute their objects of study.

It will propose and carry out innovative research, with a high degree of professionalism and scientific discipline, involving a deep critical sense and an adequate argumentation and verification of results.

Attitudes and Values

It will have a clear awareness of the role that art plays in society, its specificity as a cultural product, its historical functions and the importance and necessity of its development, diffusion and conservation.

Admission Requirements 

  • Have concluded and defended his thesis or written receptive work of masters, in postgraduate courses in arts, social sciences or humanities.
  • Have an average of more than 80 (or equivalent) in studies of the last degree obtained.
  • Have academic or professional experience in areas related to the program, or be an outstanding student.
  • Demonstrate research experience, which must be supported by digital delivery of your dissertation or written receptive master's work.
  • Availability to carry out their studies with a full time dedication and to present a commitment letter to carry them out and complete them; in addition, in case of being personal of an IES or similar, institutional letter that endorses the previous one.
  • To approve the interview that will be applied by the Commission of entrance.
  • Check the domain of a language other than current Spanish (TOEFL 450 of English or its equivalent in French, German, Italian or Portuguese).
  • Approve the EXANI III that applies the Ceneval, with a minimum of 900 points.
  • Present an original research project for its development and completion in the maximum period of eight semesters (minimum six) comprising the DIAC program.
  • Letter commitment to present your postgraduate thesis within a maximum period of four years, from the time of registration.
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