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Art History and World Art Studies at UEA

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

About the Programme

Art History and World Art Studies is one of the world's leading centres for the study of art and material culture, and is distinguished from other UK departments by its interdisciplinary emphasis and truly global reach.

The department was founded in 1964 (as the School of Fine Arts and Music), and is one of the oldest and most established art history departments in the UK. 79% of research in Art History and World Art Studies was rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. Additionally, the impact of our research was rated the 2nd highest in the UK for Art History in the Times Higher Education REF2014 rankings.

Research Expertise

A multidisciplinary community of art historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and museum professionals span research subjects from prehistory to the present. Together with specialists in medieval, early modern and 20th century European and North American art, the diverse faculty also includes experts in contemporary African art, modernism in India, global heritage, the art and architecture of medieval Norwich, and the ancient Mediterranean world, for example. We welcome research applications in any of the areas represented by the faculty interests. Approaches may be established or innovative, with a focus on artefacts and/or theory.

Particular research strengths include the interdisciplinary and trans-continental study of visual and material cultures; modern and contemporary European and American art; and heritage and museum studies.

Art History and World Art Studies

The department is located in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Designed by Norman Foster, the Sainsbury Centre is ‘perhaps the greatest resource of its type on any British campus' (Times Good University Guide, 2005). Gathered under one roof are a range of resources for our students, including the Robert Sainsbury Library, an extensive photographic collection, the renowned Sainsbury collection of art, dedicated student computing facilities, and relaxing light-filled communal areas which bring students and staff together in an informal environment.

We have active links with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, and benefit from the thriving arts and culture scene in Norwich, which has hosted major festivals in contemporary art and culture. Norwich has a number of museums, galleries and arts centres, including the Castle Museum and Art Gallery located in the city's Norman castle, and is also home to Norwich University of the Arts, a leading educational centre for fine arts, design and media, with whom we have many links.

Norwich is also home not only to the major 12th-century cathedral but also to 36 medieval parish churches – more than any other city in northern Europe.

A variety of fully-funded studentships are available each year for PhD applicants. Financial support is also available from the School and Faculty for students to participate in networking and engagement activities.

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The deadline for these studentships has now passed.

A number of funded and self-funded PhD projects are offered throughout the academic year. Further projects will be advertised in due course.

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire for further information.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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