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International Studio Art PhD: Call for Applications

  • Deadline:
    Nov. 1, 2012, 11:59 p.m.
  • Location:
    Transart Institute, 228 Park Ave S. #34726, New York, New York, 10003, US

Transart is offering a low-residency PhD program for advanced studio art. The PhD at Transart is a three year full time degree program with an average work commitment of 30 hours per week, validated by the University of Plymouth, UK. The degree is offered exclusively for practice-based research (creative work) accompanied by a written thesis.

The Transart PhD in a Nutshell

In your first year you develop a project in which your creative practice is the research, in the two following years you carry it out, reflect and integrate your findings into your artistic practice, then wrap it all up in a thesis that can take on any form you and your advisors can agree upon.

Why a PhD?

In the US at the moment the MFA is still considered a terminal degree. Other countries do not make much of a distinction between masters degrees. The practice-based PhD has existed in the UK since the early 1980s, in Australia and New Zealand since the mid-90s and Continental Europe is catching up. In the US, a studio PhD will distinguish you in a pool of 300 job applicants, in the UK it might just be the entry ticket to a teaching position.

There are many other reasons one might wish to advance their studies. Doctoral work is an opportunity to gain another level of expertise, to dive deeper into the questions that drive your artistic practice, to locate this practice in one or more appropriate contexts (relevant theories, ideas, agenda, historical and contemporary art practices). Depending on the specificities of the project, trans-disciplinary contributions to knowledge are also a real (and growing) possibility.


Transart is particularly keen on encouraging proposals that relate to its research clusters: Memory, Forgetting, Trauma and the Archive; Language/Image; Art and Social Technologies; International Diaspora and Post-Colonialism; Role of Art in Peace, Meditation, Performance Activism; Land and Sea; Liminality, Space/Place, Temporary Architecture; and Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny.


Transart Institute is an international program. Summer residencies take place in cooperation with arts organizations in Europe. Winter residencies take place in New York at various arts initiatives and galleries.


Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2012 for entering the program at the Transart Winter Residency in New York in December 2012.

Transart Institute

As the Unschool Art School, Transart grew out of a desire to go beyond established institutional education where pre-formed and pre-formatted knowledge is passed on to all students in the same way. Transart works the other way around: a plethora of models and diverse input in a multi-perspective environment form a truly student-driven program.

Contact & Further Information

For more information please visit: http://www.transart.org/studio-phd/
To schedule an appointment with faculty please email Drew Henmi: henmi@transart.org.

Transart Institute
Mail: 228 Park Ave. South
New York, NY 10003
+1 (347) 410 9905