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A vital creative practice.
A master’s degree in a related field, with an MFA strongly preferred.
IELTs 6.5 for students for whom English is a second language.

Complete the online PhD application form.
Project proposal: 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. The proposal outline is here. A sample proposal is here.

The initial proposal should be 600-1200 words long and use the following numbered sections:

01 – Title of project
02 – Description of proposed project / body of work (600 words max.)
03 – The project’s relevance: What is the broader context for the proposed work?
04 – Research methods* and methodology: How will you be creating the work and how will this reflect your theoretical interests?
05 – Initial list of sources (written materials, examples, prior works by others and/or yourself)
06 – Your research question/s: What is the basic focus of the proposed work?
07 – Project results, e.g. documentation, performance, script, intervention, website, exhibition, book, journal
08 – Intended audience
09 – Short statement on your current practice
10 – Formulate entire project in 2-3 meaningful sentences.
11 – Technical description and production process
12 – Short description / abstract (50-100 words)
13 – Additional supporting information if needed
In a practice-based PhD, the art making *is* the research and research is broadly defined ”as a process of investigation leading to new insights, effectively shared.”

* Methods can be (amongst others):
– experiential, e.g in phenomenology
– experimental, e.g in physics
– opinion based, e.g. interview, questionaire
– hermeneutical, e.g. text analysis, quantitative/qualitative content analysis- observational: e.g. case study, participant observation in Anthropology

Initial interview
Upon completion of the application, a skype or phone meeting will be scheduled with two Transart faculty and one from Plymouth University. This is an opportunity to discuss your proposal and ask questions. The proposal will then be reviewed by a commentator who may make proposal revision suggestions.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend the next Transart residency in order to present their proposal, meet potential advisors in person or over Skype, other doctoral students, and at summer residencies participate in seminars and workshops. This is a chance to get to know Transart, the community and decide if Transart is right for you. If it is mutually agreed that it is a good fit a final interview is scheduled with the proposed supervisory team from Transart and Plymouth University who will then issue either an offer letter or a summer residency certificate, subject to official acceptance by the supervisory team. Once you have accepted the offer letter and completed enrollment you will be registered on the program.