What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
£13,200.00 (US$ 17,241) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020

Venue

Hardwick Campus

St Paul's Road,

CHELTENHAM,

GLOUCESTERSHIRE,

GL50 4BS, England

Entry requirements

For international students

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

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