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Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies


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=";new_categoryID=6">academic staff</a>&nbsp;and the collaborative work done by our&nbsp;<a href="">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=";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=""><em>parallax</em></a>.</p> <h2>Practice-led PhD</h2> <p>It is possible to undertake a&nbsp;<a href="">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="">Dr Mic Spencer</a>, Head of the Graduate School.</p>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made <a href="">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>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

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

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