Art (MA by Research / MRES / PhD)

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Full-Time or Part-Time

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Centre for Art and Photography, Cheltenham

An art research degree is not a continuation of studio practice or a residency, but instead asks you to place your work in relation to that of other practitioners in a contemporary and historical context. In this respect, new knowledge and originality can consist of different combinations of existing knowledge as a means of demonstrating and proving original practice.

Typically, we enable you to focus and refine detailed aspects of your practice that you locate very specifically in a range of knowledge fields that may or may not previously have been associated with fine art. It encourages you to explore more critically – and make connections with and between – the thoughts and actions of others, and your own imperatives as a practising artist.  

Through developing dialogues and exchanges within your supervisory team, and external connections made as part of your research, you will then be able to put forward your completed research project and take the first steps in expanding your connections with a larger artistic and academic community. Research students are encouraged to present conference papers, participate in seminars, public exhibitions and other forms of critical exchange, as part of the research process.

You will write a thesis in parallel with the practice-based research, that should demonstrate an original contribution to knowledge. We will help you focus on the appropriate practice for pursuing your research, and refine appropriate forms of discourse and dissemination.

Research Areas

Staff specialisms include:

  • art and biblical interpretation
  • Ethiopian artistic and architectural heritage; curatorial practice
  • socially engaged practice
  • curation in a community context
  • contemporary painting
  • Modernism re-explored in contemporary fine art practice
  • agendas around art and wellbeing
  • concrete poetry
  • artists’ publishing
  • contemporary drawing practice and pedagogy
  • sculpture
  • and the extended field in relation to performance and video.

Entry requirements

  • MA by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • Candidates who do not possess a master’s degree that includes research methods training at an advanced level are required to complete research methods training
  • All applicants will be interviewed to ascertain experience, aptitude and current level of innovation, creativity and critical thinking. The interview will also be an opportunity to identify an appropriate supervisory team
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Fees

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Student Focus

Shelley Campbell

My supervisors have provided invaluable leadership to carry me through my PhD, not with praise and cajoling remarks, but instead, through honest evaluation and their confidence that I have the wherewithal to carry out the work. I feel completely supported and part of a community.

Don Parker

Staff Profile

Dr. Don Parker

Academic Subject Leader for Design

"Don has studied and worked in graphic design, illustration, advertising, marketing and communications and has worked internationally as a designer and educator. His doctorate on advertising and consumer behaviour theory, drew conceptually and directly on advertising practice in its investigation of the effects on advertisers and consumers at the same time. He is currently looking to support PhD candidates researching into graphic design, advertising, marketing and communications with an emphasis on PAR (Practice as Research) in Design."

Publications

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Opportunity to challenge your own practice and ideas in a community of practitioners and academics with a deep commitment to discourse and exchange around their subject and field(s) of knowledge
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Presenting conference papers, participating in seminars, public exhibitions and other forms of critical exchange, as part of the research process are all opportunities supported by the school
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Benefit from personal support with renowned artists, photographers, and design professionals offering expert supervision

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