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Fine Art PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 17 Fine Art PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

Are you passionate about expressing yourself through art? Do you have a deep appreciation for creativity and aesthetics? If so, pursuing a PhD in Fine Art could be the perfect next step for you.

What's it like to study a PhD in Fine Art?

Studying a PhD in Fine Art is a unique and exciting journey that allows you to delve deeper into your artistic practice and explore new boundaries. It is an opportunity to refine your skills, expand your knowledge, and make a significant contribution to the field of art.

During your PhD, you will have the freedom to pursue your artistic vision and experiment with different mediums, techniques, and concepts. You will work closely with experienced supervisors who will guide and support you throughout your research journey. This will involve regular meetings, critiques, and discussions to help you develop your ideas and push the boundaries of your artistic practice.

In addition to creating your own artwork, you will also be expected to engage in critical analysis and research. This may involve studying art history, theory, and contemporary art practices to contextualize your work and contribute to the wider discourse in the field of Fine Art.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Fine Art

To be eligible for a PhD in Fine Art, you will typically need a Master's degree in a relevant field, such as Fine Art or Visual Arts. However, some universities may consider applicants with a strong Bachelor's degree and a substantial portfolio of artwork.

In addition to academic qualifications, a strong artistic portfolio showcasing your skills, creativity, and potential for research is essential. This will demonstrate your ability to contribute to the field and convince the admissions committee of your suitability for a PhD in Fine Art.

PhD in Fine Art funding options

Funding for PhDs in Fine Art may be available from various sources, including governments, universities and charities, business or industry. See our full guides to PhD funding for more information.

PhD in Fine Art careers

A PhD in Fine Art opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Many graduates go on to become practicing artists, exhibiting their work in galleries and museums. Others choose to pursue careers in academia, teaching and mentoring the next generation of artists. Additionally, you may find opportunities in art curation, art therapy, art consultancy, or art administration.

By obtaining a PhD in Fine Art, you will not only gain the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in your chosen career path but also make a significant contribution to the field of art through your research and artistic practice. So, if you are ready to take your artistic journey to the next level, a PhD in Fine Art is the perfect choice for you.

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Radical place-making: folk counter-geographies and cultural representations of opposition to power in Aberdeen, Scotland

The University of Aberdeen is an internationally recognised centre for excellence for research addressing the global challenges of energy transition, environment and biodiversity, social inclusion and cultural diversity, health, nutrition and wellbeing, and data and artificial intelligence. Read more

Research Degrees at UCA

Studying a creative research degree at UCA means joining a vibrant and progressive top ten research community with a wealth of specialist resources for creative research and practice. Read more

Gendered Aesthetics in Visual Culture

This PhD invites applications for those interested in and generating new theories of aesthetics or contents analysis of contemporary and/or historic art. Read more

Gender Inequality in the Contemporary Artworld

"For every £1 fetched by a male artist’s work, one by a woman gets a mere 10p – and its value plummets further if she signs it. The creator of Recalculating Art, a shocking new radio exposé, reveals her findings" (Sieghart 2022). Read more
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People and Place: Immersive Storytelling in Culture and Heritage

 The University of Greenwich invites applications for a fully funded PhD scholarship to undertake practice-based research into new ways to animate overlapping narratives of place via immersive audiovisual storytelling technologies. Read more

Architecture and pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions

We are principally interested, in the present call for PhD applications, in the ongoing mutations of the practice of architecture as one of world-building, emphasising relations between architectural imaginaries and literary, media and scientific practices. Read more

Research degrees in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

The research focus of the School allows us to offer expertise in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields, including world-wide art history, critical analysis and theoretical cultural studies, as well as fine art practice in all media. Read more

History of Art - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

By pursuing research in History of Art at Birmingham, you will joining a vibrant and dynamic research community thanks to the Department’s broad range of expertise, from medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, to contemporary global art. Read more

Beyond Representation: Painting as Embodied Practice

Practice-based PhD project that understands painting as an intuitive embodied act that goes beyond representation, that is, the concrete realisation of something seen or thought. Read more

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