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14 PhD Programs in Art Studies

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is one of the highest degrees a student can obtain. In order to begin a doctoral program, students must have first received a bachelor and usually a master’s degree in a related field. Most PhD programs last about two years and can be earned in most disciplines except medicine. So what is a PhD in Arts? This degree is usually offered in the field of humanities. A… Read more

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is one of the highest degrees a student can obtain. In order to begin a doctoral program, students must have first received a bachelor and usually a master’s degree in a related field. Most PhD programs last about two years and can be earned in most disciplines except medicine.

So what is a PhD in Arts? This degree is usually offered in the field of humanities. After earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in a related field, students may study history, theory, or teaching methods regarding the arts. Students graduate with the information, coursework, and experience they need for a rewarding career in this field. An original dissertation concerning groundbreaking research, teaching methods, or products is often required before the degree is awarded.

Receiving a Doctorate in Arts can be very beneficial for graduates as they are able to study, learn, and gain hands-on experience within their area of concentration. It can mean greater career opportunities, the chance for a better salary, and the ability to be employed while doing something you enjoy.

The cost of a doctoral degree depends on a variety of factors such as the student’s country of origin, the location of the school, the amount of time a student is able to devote to their schooling, and the length of the program. Students are encouraged to investigate their potential school thoroughly in order to fully understand the cost of earning a degree.

Students who graduate with a PhD in Arts can find employment in a variety of career fields. Many graduates who earn their doctorate choose to return to academia and join the faculty at a university or college. Other individuals may choose to pursue a career in the visual arts, as artists themselves or as curators for museums. Graduates with a Doctorate in Arts may also become art historians and work with scholarly publications and institutions.


If you are interested in furthering your education and pursuing a doctoral degree, you can get started right away. 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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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong

Computational Media and Arts (CMA) are ubiquities in our daily life and we see them in movies, games, museums, advertisements, news, and many other media experiences. The rapi ... +

Computational Media and Arts (CMA) are ubiquities in our daily life and we see them in movies, games, museums, advertisements, news, and many other media experiences. The rapid development of information technology such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, data science, drones, robots, new materials and displays and human-computer interaction has changed the landscape of computational media and arts. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty of Arts
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) invites candidates from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and potential, and good ... +

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) invites candidates from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and potential, and good communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities to apply for full-time PhD study under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS). HKPFS is established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) with an aim to attract the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English (UK)
Sep 2021
01 Dec 2020
Campus
 
Sunway University
Shah Alam , Malaysia

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Creative Arts and Media is a program that provides students an opportunity to carry out research and contribute new understanding and insig ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Creative Arts and Media is a program that provides students an opportunity to carry out research and contribute new understanding and insight into the discipline. By carrying out independent scholarly work within a specialist area of the creative arts and media, graduates will contribute to the advancement of their discipline. This list is not exhaustive, topics may combine, overlap, be interdisciplinary, and combine theory with practice. Potential candidates should contact the Programme Leader to discuss prospective research topics of interest in the area of creative arts and media. Acceptance of the Ph.D. proposal is subject to a panel review, interview session, and the supervisor’s approval. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 8 years
English
Campus
 

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Burren College of Art
Galway , Ireland

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 an inqui ... +

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 an inquiry conducted through studio research and, where relevant, other research methods. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 6 years
English
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

A candidate is required to produce a scholarly thesis, normally between 70 000 and 80 000 words, that contributes new knowledge and understanding to an aspect of the visual ar ... +

A candidate is required to produce a scholarly thesis, normally between 70 000 and 80 000 words, that contributes new knowledge and understanding to an aspect of the visual arts or an aspect of visual culture in a wider sense. The topic of study is identified by the candidate himself or herself, in consultation with an appointed supervisor, and is developed into a proposal that must be approved by the Higher Degrees Committee of the Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2021
Campus
 
Selinus University of Science and Literature
London , United Kingdom +1 More

The history of art studies the origin of art from the first rock paintings to the experimental art of today. A PhD thesis in this partkicvolare versantem should cover the them ... +

The history of art studies the origin of art from the first rock paintings to the experimental art of today. A PhD thesis in this partkicvolare versantem should cover the themes of Western tradition and the cultures of the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and the Americas. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
University of Technology Sydney
Sydney , Australia

The Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) is for graduates who have a significant record of achievement in the media and/or creative arts, and who want to undertake substantial resear ... +

The Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) is for graduates who have a significant record of achievement in the media and/or creative arts, and who want to undertake substantial research in the areas of media and creative production. The degree is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in the creative arts. It provides an opportunity for those seeking advanced knowledge, research and creative practice relevant to emerging creative industries locally and internationally. All students are required to successfully complete the research training coursework subject 51913 Academic Research Practice which will develop their research knowledge and skills. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 8 years
English
Feb 2021
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

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 ... +

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). 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. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw
Wrocław , Poland

The Doctoral School of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław is an artistic and research unit, educating people with significant artistic achievements and ... +

The Doctoral School of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław is an artistic and research unit, educating people with significant artistic achievements and high research potential. The doctoral program lasts 6 semesters and enables them to obtain advanced knowledge and skills. It is a preparation for receiving a Ph.D. degree in the field of art in the discipline of fine arts and art conservation. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Asia e University
Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

The Ph.D. Arts programme offers interdisciplinary courses in History, Philosophy, Law, Economics, Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Media Studies and Environmental ... +

The Ph.D. Arts programme offers interdisciplinary courses in History, Philosophy, Law, Economics, Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Media Studies and Environmental Studies with a focus on major aspects of the Asian and other humanistic and social traditions. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 years
English
Jan 2021
Campus
Online
 
International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Portsmouth , Dominica

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) may be undertaken in any discipline within the Arts or Sciences. The degree offers ABDs or those who have earned sixty-six graduate credits fr ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) may be undertaken in any discipline within the Arts or Sciences. The degree offers ABDs or those who have earned sixty-six graduate credits from an accredited institution the opportunity to complete their doctoral studies. -
PhD
Part-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidad de La Laguna
Santa Cruz de Tenerife , Spain

The ULL PhD Program in Arts and Humanities is an interdisciplinary postgraduate program aimed at training researchers in linguistic and cultural studies. It involves the depar ... +

The ULL PhD Program in Arts and Humanities is an interdisciplinary postgraduate program aimed at training researchers in linguistic and cultural studies. It involves the departments of Fine Arts, Classical, French, Arabic and Romance Philology, Spanish Philology, English and German Philology and History of Art and Philosophy; and it covers the areas of knowledge related to linguistics and the Arabic, Spanish, French, Greek, English, Latin and Romanesque philologies, their cultures and literatures, and music, art and design, their production, theory and history. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Spanish
Campus
 
Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes
Aguascalientes , Mexico

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 ANUI ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
Spanish
Campus
 
Harrison Middleton University
Tempe , USA

In keeping with Harrison Middleton University's commitment to promote excellence in education and its desire to create highly trained scholars and professionals who have a bro ... +

In keeping with Harrison Middleton University's commitment to promote excellence in education and its desire to create highly trained scholars and professionals who have a broad, intellectual perspective in the humanities, the university offers a Doctor of Arts program. -
PhD
English
Sep 2021
 

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