September 2, 2019

Call for applications: PhD in Art

Goldsmiths, University of London

Ciarán  Ó Dochartaigh, Speculative massage tools for a family of donkeys, 2018.

Round 1: Monday, November 11, 2019, 5pm
Applications are considered for CHASE funding. This round includes only home/EU applicants.

Round 2: Monday, February 24, 2020, 5pm
Applications are considered for Departmental Bursaries. This round considers both home/EU applicants AND international applicants.

The Art Research Programme encourages applications from BAME and LGBTQ+ candidates.

The Department of Art at Goldsmiths is committed to supporting and developing art research of the highest quality in the areas of Fine Art, Curating, Art Writing and across disciplines.

We consider all elements of the MPhil/PhD to be sites of rigorous experimentation and encourage you to develop your research through processes of making, thinking, collaborating, investigating, experimenting, analysing and speculating.

See our web page for full information.

Programme Structure
Research is conducted independently, guided by a supervisory team.

In support of this, the Art Research Programme runs a series of research-related events and activities including: Skills Workshops, Art Research Seminars, Installations, Lectures, Public Events, Public Presentations, Study Groups and Annual Review Panels. There are also a number of research initiatives organised as part of the Mountain of Art Research (see below) and by MPhil/PhD as well as staff researchers in the Department.

While research activities are scheduled throughout the year, all compulsory activities fall into three intensive clusters, one in each term. MPhil/PhD Researchers enrolled in the Programme are expected to attend and participate in these three main intensives.

Programme Pathways
Within the overarching programme of MPhil/PhD in Art there are three different pathways for undertaking doctoral research, including:

Pathway 1: Thesis by Practice
Pathway 2: Thesis by Practice and Written Dissertation
Pathway 3: Thesis by Written Dissertation

Researchers start on one of these three programme options when they apply and may change to a different option only up until the time of Upgrade.

All members of Staff in the Department of Art are available to supervise PhDs. Please see our Departmental Staff Page for more information about individual staff and their research interests.

You may also seek second supervision in other Departments at Goldsmiths.

Core team
We have a dedicated team of staff who work on the PhD Programme, including: Professor Kristen Kreider, Programme Director, Professor Michael Newman, Research Admissions Tutor, and Dr Edgar Schmitz, Research Examinations Tutor.

You will apply with a well-developed research project that you have begun to plan artistically.

See "How to Apply" on our web page for full details.

We have a number of avenues for funding to support your project.

Please see our page on Funding for Postgraduate Research in the Department of Art for information about scholarships, bursaries and other financial support for postgraduate research.

Based in the Department of Art, and linked to the MPhil/PhD Programme, is the Mountain of Art Research (MARs). A bit like a research centre, except it’s a mountain, MARs supports and promotes the development of innovative art research across a range of art practices including—but not limited to—studio, performance, film and video, curatorial, critical, art-writing, situated, participatory and interdisciplinary practice. Through MARs we bring together researchers within Art, across disciplines, between institutions and beyond higher education for intentional, concentrated discussion and sharing of research.

Committed to rigorous formal experimentation, maverick conceptual exploration and socially-engaged articulation, MARs emphasises the material ‘stuff’ of art research as well as its speculative possibilities; its capacity as a space for reflection and its political imperative. As both platform and ethos, the aim of MARs is to challenge received ideas and habits; to promote new ways of thinking and being both in and out of this world.

Research Areas
Particular research areas and clusters supported by the Department of Art include Animate Assembly; Artists’ Film; Art & Feminism; Art & Philosophy; Art Writing; CHOREOGRAPHIC; Critical Ecologies; Curating; Infrastructural/Institutional Critique; Materialities; Nuclear Culture; Women of Colour Index.

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