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The Transart Low-Residency PhD

An MFA offers opportunities for artists to develop a sustainable practice but for those seeking to further develop their research over a prolonged period a creative practice PhD provides a unique opportunity to work with a supervisory team over three to four years to create a sustained body of work.

Transart Institute offers international low-residency MFA and PhD programs for working artists in a highly individualized format. The innovative low-residency PhD program consists of four intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and three winter residencies in New York. In the six semesters between residencies, students conduct independent research outside of residencies in both creative practice and academic contexts with the support of a supervisory team drawn from both Transart Institute and Plymouth University.

The international PhD is a three year program and only offered for creative research.

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Why a PhD in Fine Art?

Doctoral work is an opportunity to gain another level of expertise; to dive deeper into the questions that drive your artistic practice through focused, original research; and to locate that practice in the context of larger creative, theoretical and historical frameworks. Depending on the specificities of the project, trans-disciplinary contributions to knowledge are also a real (and growing) possibility. It’s a very exciting time for artists.

What kind of work can I do on the low-residency PhD?

Anything creative that contributes to the emergence of new knowledge through art. Thanks to Transart Institute’s incredibly diverse faculty and advisory team, we can offer international PhD research support in a wide range of areas and are committed to helping you find the best advisory team for your research interests.

Who will I be studying with during the low-residency PhD?

Throughout your studies you participate fully in the Transart low-residency PhD schedule and can choose from a range of workshops and seminars with changing topics each summer. On the PhD project your first advisor (director of studies) will come from Transart, your second advisor from Plymouth University, a third can be added if needed. You will be part of an intimate group of artists who meet on a regular basis for critique and exchange.

Where do I start?

Discuss your project proposal with us. The purpose of the MPhil proposal is to frame an open question in which the artistic practice functions as the vehicle for finding answers rather than asking a question for which the artwork will illustrate a pre-defined answer. Neither does the artwork run parallel to the research nor does the research inform or contextualize the studio work as in traditional programs. Your artwork and the ideas that surround it are the research.