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11 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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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
 
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
 

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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
 
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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