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Postgraduate PhD

History and Philosophy of Art

We offer a supportive, inclusive and innovative learning environment within the multi-disciplinary School of Arts. Applications are especially welcome in the areas of curation, Renaissance and Baroque art, contemporary practice (including global art), philosophy of art and aesthetics, curation and photography.

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Overview

A PhD in History & Philosophy of Art will enable you to conduct original research under the guidance of your team of your supervisors. We welcome enquiries on any topic, but particularly those listed above, and will provide you with excellent research resources to enable you to complete your research, which will culminate in a thesis of up to 100,000 words.

You will have a minimum of two supervisors who will support and guide you through your academic and professional development throughout your studies. You will meet regularly with your supervisor(s) who will not only supervise your research project but will help you to identify parts of your research and development where you may require further training or support. A series of reviews will take place throughout your studies in order to ensure that your research project stays on track and that you have all the necessary support and resources required to successfully complete it.

Recent and ongoing research topics include:‘Baldassarre Turini and the Villa Lante: The Patron's Career and Role in Raphael's Workshop’, ‘(Un)becoming Galatea: A Vivisection of the Pose’, ‘Art-Ificial: Computational Creativity and Artistic Production in Machine Intelligence’, ‘What is the Impact of Corporate Art Collectors on the West-European Contemporary Art Market’, ‘Curating and Evaluating Queer Art with Reference to UK Practice’, and ‘An Exploration of Photographic Phenomenology Led by the Writings of M. Fried and C. Paglia’.

To find out more about History of Art at Kent, follow our blog, Artistry.

You may be eligible to apply for a fully-funded PhD scholarship. Scholarship opportunities may include the Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship (GTA) and the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) collaborative doctoral award. For further information and eligibility requirements, please see our Scholarship website.

About the school

The Department of Art History provides wide-ranging opportunities for graduate study with well-established researchers in the fields of art history and historiography, curation, contemporary art and the philosophy of art and aesthetics. Staff research and publications span Renaissance practice, modernism, theories of art, the historiography of art and the Cold War; biographical monographs, the photograph (in its historical, contemporary and critical contexts), and the historical interplay of image, theory and institutions from the Renaissance to the present (European, Transatlantic and the Global South). Developing areas of interest include the cultural and historical significance of the print, in addition to the role of new media and the art school within recent and contemporary art practice.

Located in the RIBA award-winning, Jarman Building, the Department benefits from a museum-standard gallery and exhibition space, the Studio 3 Gallery, which provides students with curatorial and related professional opportunities alongside their intellectual and academic development. Since its inception in 2010, Studio 3 has hosted a range of nationally and internationally recognised exhibitions including: Underexposed, Art & Language, Double Take: The Art of Printmaking, Two-Faced Fame, Alfred Drury and the New sculpture, Rose Hilton and The Female Nude. In recent years, History of Art academic staff members, both full and part-time, have received four Faculty and University teaching prizes for excellence in curriculum innovation and for teaching and learning support. This highly committed ethos extends to our postgraduate community.

Your future

The arts and heritage industries are among the UK’s most dynamic and innovative employment sectors. Arts postgraduates have gone on to work in a range of professions, including museums, auction houses, private and public galleries, press organisations, UNESCO, teaching (primary, secondary, tertiary and university sectors); archival and restoration practice, journalism, marketing and event management, curation, gallery assistant, promotion and management positions, including entrepreneurial start-ups. Employers value the aptitudes and organisational skills which visual arts graduates are able to demonstrate.

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Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

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For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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