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20 PhD Programs in Arts

A PhD is also known as a Doctor of Philosophy or doctorate. It is the highest level of academic degree that a student can obtain from a university or college. Once program studies are complete, the student is expected to produce a scholarly thesis called a dissertation. What is a PhD in Art Studies? A doctoral degree in art studies typically focuses on and specializes in either fine arts such as m… Read more

A PhD is also known as a Doctor of Philosophy or doctorate. It is the highest level of academic degree that a student can obtain from a university or college. Once program studies are complete, the student is expected to produce a scholarly thesis called a dissertation.

What is a PhD in Art Studies? A doctoral degree in art studies typically focuses on and specializes in either fine arts such as music and painting or visual arts such as ceramics, tapestry, and mosaics. Students may choose from classes such as performing arts, sculpture, or animation. They may also study subjects such as jewelry design, printmaking, and political art.

Doctorate students specializing in art studies are often creative individuals who dream large and love color. For this reason, many develop skills in design, fashion, and marketing that can help launch successful careers. They may also learn patience, focus, and determination as they create art pieces.

Program costs for doctorate degrees in art studies vary greatly between universities. This is because programs differ in length and the classes required for course completion. Potential students typically contact the school of their choice and request information on enrollment costs.

Graduates with a Doctor of Philosophy in Art Studies may have studied painting, photography, animation, sculpture, film, printmaking, or illustration. Therefore, the careers they seek may be varied and are often very personal. For graduates with a love of research and history, museum or gallery curators, special collection librarians, and historical book illustrators may be their career choices. For those interested in the business world, becoming managers or department heads over photographers, graphic designers, or printmakers may be the type of career they seek.

A PhD in Art Studies may be found at numerous universities around the globe. To find a course of study that fits your busy lifestyle, 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
 
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
 
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
01 Dec 2022
Campus
 

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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
 
University of London, School of Advanced Study
London, United Kingdom +1 More

The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of cult ... +

The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with a special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity. An MPhil/PhD with the Warburg Institute presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Campus
Online
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
Feb 2023
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