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Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

PGR-RA-37

Expertise of research area
artist publications; audio-visual experimentation; country house and heritage studies; curatorial studies; early modern medieval and renaissance art; fine art practice; gender studies; museum and galleries; photography and film; sound studies


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<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies is an internationally recognised leader in research (REF 2014) and research-led teaching in the history of art, museum studies, cultural studies and fine art.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>Our broad range of&nbsp;supervison areas incorporate both the research expertise of our&nbsp;<a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/stafflist?query=&amp;new_categoryID=6">academic staff</a>&nbsp;and the collaborative work done by our&nbsp;<a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/fine-art-research-innovation">research centres</a>&nbsp;and areas of research strength.</p> <p>We offer expertise in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields, including worldwide art history, critical analysis and theoretical cultural studies, as well as fine art practice in all media.</p> <p>The unique configuration of fine art, museum studies, histories of art and cultural studies is available at&nbsp;all levels of teaching and research in the School, fostering the singular development of each discipline in the constant trans-disciplinary stimulation from and conversation with practice, theory and history.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/events?categoryID=6&amp;additionalCategoryIDs=&amp;sub_categoryID=&amp;types=&amp;sub_type=">Research events</a>&nbsp;allow for exchange of research theory, method and practice.</p> <p>The&nbsp;research groupings in which research is undertaken and supervision offered are:</p> <h3>Fine Art Practice&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li> <p>Artists&rsquo; Books and Publications</p> </li> <li> <p>Curatorial Studies</p> </li> <li> <p>Materials and Materiality</p> </li> <li> <p>Migration and Diaspora</p> </li> <li> <p>Sound, Voice and Technology /Sound studies (voice, music, noise) and practices of audio visual experimentation.</p> </li> <li> <p>Transnational, Translational and Postcolonial theories, art practices and histories &nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <h3>History of Art and Culture&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li> <p>Africa and Asia - Traditions and Contemporaries &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>Architecture (Histories of)</p> </li> <li> <p>Art Markets (Past and Present)</p> </li> <li> <p>Country House Studies</p> </li> <li> <p>Enlightenment Thought</p> </li> <li> <p>Film and Photography (Histories of)</p> </li> <li> <p>Heritage, Museums and Galleries</p> </li> <li> <p>Jewish Visualities and Representations</p> </li> <li> <p>Manuscript and Book History</p> </li> <li> <p>Materials and Materiality</p> </li> <li> <p>Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Art Worlds</p> </li> <li> <p>Theories and Practices of Image, Vision and Seeing</p> </li> <li> <p>Transnational, Translational and Postcolonial theories, art practices and histories &nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>War and Cultural Memory</p> </li> </ul> <h3>Cultural Theory&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li> <p>Animal Studies</p> </li> <li> <p>Continental Cultural Theory / Critical Humanities</p> </li> <li> <p>Critiques of Capitalism (Aesthetics-Politics)</p> </li> <li> <p>Eco-Criticism</p> </li> <li> <p>Feminist Theory and Gender Studies</p> </li> <li> <p>Theory and History of Media and Cultural Technologies&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>Transnational, Translational and Postcolonial Theories, Art Practices and Histories</p> </li> <li> <p>Utopian Theory and Practice</p> </li> </ul> <p>As a postgraduate researcher&nbsp;in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, you will find yourself in a research-intensive, dynamic environment, located in the heart of the University campus.</p> <p>You will become part of a lively postgraduate culture which attracts researchers from all over the world.</p> <p>Our postgraduate researchers&nbsp;organise groups, workshops and conferences across the year, and edit the internationally renowned journal&nbsp;<a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/fine-art-research-innovation/doc/parallax/page/1"><em>parallax</em></a>.</p> <h2>Practice-led PhD</h2> <p>It is possible to undertake a&nbsp;<a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/fine-art-research-degrees/doc/practice-based-research-degrees">practice-led research degree</a>&nbsp;with us.</p> <h2>PhD by Distance Learning</h2> <p>It is possible to study for a PhD by Distance Learning.</p> <p>For further information contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:m.spencer@leeds.ac.uk?subject=PhD%20by%20Distance%20Learning">Dr Mic Spencer</a>, Head of the Graduate School.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">online</a>. Please state clearly which&nbsp;research area you are interested.</p> <p>Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures<br /> The minimum English language requirements for Schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component.</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:fineartpgr@leeds.ac.uk">fineartpgr@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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