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28 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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Universidade Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Doctoral Program in History, Geography and History of Art, aims to complete the training needs of doctoral students, their methodological updating and initiation to resear ... +

The Doctoral Program in History, Geography and History of Art, aims to complete the training needs of doctoral students, their methodological updating and initiation to research through the completion of the Doctoral Thesis. Doctoral students are offered training that enables them to carry out basic and applied research. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish, Gallegan
Campus
 
IADE
Lisbon, Portugal

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Nowadays, Digital Games have roles that transcend ludic and entertainment aspects and have been gaining increasing relevance in society. Solutions based on digital games are now fundamental tools in simulation and training and are used in diversified areas, such as economics, environmental protection, and health. -
PhD
Part-time
8 semesters
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 programme lasts 6 semesters and enables to obtain advanced knowledge and skills. It is a preparation for receiving a PhD degree in the field of art in the discipline of fine arts and art conservation. -
PhD
Full-time
6 semesters
English
Campus
 

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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 2023
Campus
 
Auream Phoenix University for Women
London, United Kingdom

PhD by research via Distance Learning is awarded after successfully completing a theoretical research specialization. This research is presented in the form of a doctoral thes ... +

PhD by research via Distance Learning is awarded after successfully completing a theoretical research specialization. This research is presented in the form of a doctoral thesis. The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is the only doctoral degree that can be achieved through distance learning. The main requirement for a PhD online through distance learning is to present and discuss a thesis of at least 100 pages for review and evaluation by an academic committee at Selinus University. 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. The research program should take into account both knowledge and wisdom to bring an intelligible order to the wealth of names, periods and styles that surround us. Looking at the visual arts from a psychological perspective should make us see art history as a continuous interweaving and changing culture in which each work refers to the past and points to the future; a living chain that connects our artistic present with the ancient age. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, USA

The Ph.D. program in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (A.T.E.C.) is designed for those who wish to engage in deep scholarship or to develop artistic, cultural, or ... +

The Ph.D. program in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (A.T.E.C.) is designed for those who wish to engage in deep scholarship or to develop artistic, cultural, or commercial applications of digital technology and emerging media. With a diverse group of faculty and a curriculum that integrates scholarly study with creative practice, A.T.E.C. cultivates creative scholars, scholarly practitioners, and interdisciplinary researchers. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Aug 2023
15 Dec 2022
Campus
 
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Lucca, Italy

The Ph.D. Program in Cognitive and Cultural Systems unites disciplines that have been carefully selected for their ability to provide the necessary cultural, methodological, a ... +

The Ph.D. Program in Cognitive and Cultural Systems unites disciplines that have been carefully selected for their ability to provide the necessary cultural, methodological, and instrumental know-how for the analysis of complex social, cognitive, psychological, and cultural systems. It is truly a unique Ph.D. Program thanks to its common topics of study that consist of cognitive, cultural, and social systems. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
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
3 - 6 years
English
Campus
 
University of the Arts Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

Come and conduct research at the Academy of Fine Arts, where art and the artist are the focal points. Research subjects – whether embodied in the research question or the meth ... +

Come and conduct research at the Academy of Fine Arts, where art and the artist are the focal points. Research subjects – whether embodied in the research question or the method, material, or objective of research – cover the meaning, practices, techniques, and methods of art, as well as the principles and institutional arrangements that determine the production, reception, training, and application of art. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English, Finnish, Swedish
Aug 2023
18 Jan 2023
Campus
 
Kaunas University of Technology
Kaunas, Lithuania

The study program in theory and critics of arts is realized within an interdisciplinary context with a focus on three areas: theory and history of architecture, musicology. Th ... +

The study program in theory and critics of arts is realized within an interdisciplinary context with a focus on three areas: theory and history of architecture, musicology. The program's doctoral students are encouraged to apply various theoretical models and methodological tools of humanities, social and technological sciences besides the classical methods of the critics of arts using both internal scientific resources of the Kaunas University of Technology and those of their international partners. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English, Lithuanian
Sep 2023
Campus