Transart Institute

Transart Institute

Practice-based PhD



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Transart offers a low-residency PhD program for advanced studio art. The PhD at Transart is a three year program with an average work commitment of 30 hours per week, validated by the University of Plymouth, UK. The degree is offered exclusively for practice-based research (creative work) supported by a written element. Artists interested in entering the PhD program should send a detailed proposal no later than April 1, 2013 to Transart is encouraging proposals that relate to its research clusters: Language/Image; Land and Sea; Liminality, Space/Place, Temporary Architecture; Memory, Forgetting, Trauma and the Archive; Art and Social Technologies; International Diaspora and Post-Colonialism; Role of Art in Peace, Meditation, Performance Activism; and Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny. The admissions process is explained online. INTRODUCTION Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Transart Institute, in cooperation with the School of Art & Media and the Graduate School at University of Plymouth is offering a low-residency PhD degree for advanced studio art. MPhil/PhD A three to four year full time degree program with an average work commitment of 30 hours per week. Registration is initially for the MPhil stage, with students transferring to PhD registration at the end of the first year. The Degree is only offered for practice-based research (creative work) accompanied by a written thesis. Proposals Transart is particularly keen on encouraging proposals that in the widest sense explore space and inhabitation of space, the archive, documentary art making, language/image, software studies, network culture, performance, land and sea, and the role of art in peace, mediation and international relations. The proposal should demonstrate systematic study, independence, critical competence and originality. It should include a record of the ‘practice’ element and also serve to contextualize the practice intellectually. Goals The PhD program at Transart Institute aims to create a space for students of all disciplines to interact with a wide range of artists, scientists, theorists, media practitioners and visionaries. Candidates investigate their work independently in a cultural and studio context. PhD projects are expected to contribute to the current creative cultural dialogue through informed, published, exhibited or performed work and documentation thereof. PhD Project and Thesis The thesis will show systematic study, independence, critical competence, originality and will be capable of publication in whole or in part. It will include a record of the ‘practice’ element and also serve to contextualise the practice intellectually while demonstrating its contribution to knowledge. The relationship between the studio-based work and the written work as practice-based research activities share a common set of resources. Therefore studio and written components of the PhD project are to be conceived of as a whole. Research and results Research is defined as a process of investigation leading to new insights, effectively shared. Students experiment with the presentation of research outcomes at the fall/winter residencies in preparation for the research results at the summer Transartfest. As appropriate to the nature of the PhD project, students have the option to exhibit, perform, curate or document their work. Location Transart Institute is an international program. Summer residencies take place in cooperation with arts organizations in Europe. Fall/winter residencies take place in New York at various arts initiatives and galleries or University of Plymouth. Transart Institute provides a range of accommodation listings and arranges a special group rate at a student hotel each summer as well as student travel and city guides. Most students prefer to stay together but students make their own arrangements for travel, accommodations and meals during the residencies so many options are available. Travel info can be found >> here. Language The on-site part of the program takes place in English. Many languages are spoken but courses, critiques and lectures all take place in English. Students must have excellent command of spoken English. Student off-site semester work can take place in any language that the student and his/her advisors have in common. Research projects must include a synopsis in English. All administrative paper work (including student and faculty evaluations) must be in English. If English is not a first language, students may be required to provide a TOEFL with a score (iBT) of 88 or better.


Plymouth University, UK

International Student Requirements:

International program

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: N/A

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): N/A USD

In State Tuition (per year): 27300 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 27300 USD

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