Doctor of Philosophy PhD

Course Overview

Prospective candidates submit a proposal for a research project. Following approval, you are allocated a supervision team of two or three appropriate members of staff led by a Director of Studies. With this team you embark on an extended investigation into your topic, producing a written thesis. There is also an option of practice-based research, which results in a shorter written thesis together with a substantial body of practical work. All research students have the opportunity to take part in research training events, and the University's Summer School.

The Faculty's areas of expertise include all aspects of the visual arts, design, photography, film and media. PhD work will often lead to publication and may lead to a career in academia.

Key Features

Just how do the poetics of literary giant Marcel Proust impact on the cutting edge digital rendering of film At Swansea College of Art we offer a wide range of M.Phil./PhD study across the wide fields of Art & Design. We have an extensive list of academics holding doctorates and associated expertise that are able to supervise students engaged in research degree level work across all the major disciplines associated with a first class art school. Across the four schools that comprise Swansea College of Art - Fine Art & Photography, Visual Communication, Design & Applied Arts and Film & Digital Media - we are engaged in innovative pedagogy and research projects at the leading edge of knowledge across the arts and in design. We offer opportunity for would be researchers to join our teams in professional surroundings and develop exciting new fields of exploration across cultural disciplines. Academics are engaged in important work from collaborative art practices to health and well-being, from advertising strategies to event and situation, from service networks to art history, from environmental studies to Deleuze studies, with a strong emphaisis on trans-disciplinarity and of course the building of original perspectives such as our Proutian example above. We offer research degrees in both part-time and full-time mode and aim to attract a range of people from early career researchers across art and design to mid career teachers in need of inspiration and the chance to renew perspectives. We also welcome late career researchers who finally have the time to pursue that great idea they had. If you would like to hear more about the exciting opportunities available through our research degrees programme please contact Dr Paul Jeff to book an appointment.

Course Tutor(s)

  • Dr Paul Jeff
  • Dr Catrin Webster
  • Dr Steven Gerrard
  • Dr Susan Drake
  • Dr Anne Price-Owen
  • Prof Andy Penaluna
  • Dr Hamish Gane
  • Dr Angela Ungoed Hughes


The PhD is assessed by the submission of a written thesis together with a body of practical work where appropriate, which is scrutinised through an oral examination, or viva, by two examiners, one external to the University.

Further Information


Related Courses

  • MA Fine Art
  • MA Photography and Media
  • MA Visual Communication
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
PhD Award
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Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Criteria

The benchmark entry requirement is a 2:1 or higher undergraduate degree. Mature students may apply with their portfolio and/or previous academic/industrial career taken into account. There is also a procedure for the recognition of prior learning. International students will also have to prove proficiency in the English language to the required IELTS level 6.

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