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PhD Studentship in Fine Art: Video Art and New Technology

   School of Arts and Cultures

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  Miss Rachel Maclean  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

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Start date and duration

September 2021 for three years


This PhD opportunity is particularly in the area of video art and/or expanded media. We are seeking applicants who have an existing innovative creative practice, with experience of both making and exhibiting ambitious and potentially ground-breaking artworks. We are particularly interested in applicants who through their creative practice, utilise and explore the potential of cutting-edge technologies, and who might investigate how new technology affects our lives and our identities, how media, social media and surveillance has transformed how we understand ourselves, and how artists might use similar technology to produce innovative new work. The artist/researcher will have the scope to develop this project in the ways that most interest them.

Fine Art at Newcastle University is one of the leading Fine Art departments in the UK, and you will be joining a vibrant group of over 25 practice-led PhD students in Fine Art. You will be working with a team of supervisors led by Rachel Maclean.


The studentship is funded by the Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowship (NUAcT) scheme. 

Name of supervisor(s)

Rachel Maclean

Eligibility Criteria

Normally at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree plus a master’s degree in a relevant field, and a developing or established practice as an artist. In exceptional cases, candidates with lower academic qualifications may be considered if they can demonstrate that their relevant professional practice or work experience has equipped them with equivalent academic and research skills.

This studentship is open to home and international students.

English language requirement: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills).

How to apply

We anticipate that interviews will be held in June.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this select ‘Apply now’

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • click on programme of study
  • insert 8829F in the programme code section and click search
  • select Programme name: PhD Fine Art/Art History (full time)
  • insert sac029 in the studentship/partnership reference field 
  • attach a covering letter, CV and portfolio. The covering letter, which should be no more than 2 pages of A4, must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code sac029 and should describe and explain how your creative practice, and your interests and experience relate to the broad outline of project, and what aspects of the topic you particularly wish to develop and investigate within the PhD.
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates


Enquiries can be made at: [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £15,609 to increase in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate. Successful international candidates will be required to fund the difference between home fees and international fees.