PhD in Art and Design Practices
School of Arts, Communication & Cultural Studies

PhD in Art and Design Practices

PhD in Art and Design Practices
School of Arts, Communication & Cultural Studies

PhD in Art and Design Practices

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Duration4 years (full-time study)

Fees
€12,060 for whole program

LanguageEnglish

CampusNicosia-Limassol

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Qualification Awarded Doctoral Program (PhD) in Art and Design Practices
Level Of Qualification PhD (3rd Cycle Degree)
Offered by Department of Arts and Communication
Mode of Study Full Time or Part Time

The PhD in Art and Design Practices Program is a research-oriented program (practice-based research along with theoretical research) offered by the Arts and Communication Department that aims in creating new and innovative knowledge via scientific and artistic methods in the fields of Art and Design, contributing to the fulfillment of the Department’s/University’s vision and mission, and enabling the establishment of the Department/University in the regional and international scene.

The goals of the program are to:
- Provide a framework for conducting state-of-the-art research in the various domains of Art and Design, leading to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge through artistic research and practice: research could evolve around actual arts practices and their creative outcomes or may prioritize the conceptual or the historical;
- Develop highly educated graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills, experience, ethos and capabilities that will enable them to seek a successful career as researchers or as leading cultural practitioners in the highly competitive cultural sector;
- Contribute to the increase of the research output of the Department/University, through the increase in the publication volume and the external research funding.

The language of instruction is English.

Upon successful completion of the PhD Program students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate in depth and substantial knowledge in the domains of the arts;
2. Display comprehensive theoretical and research-based understanding of complex concepts, techniques and methodologies in the arts;
3. Identify with complex contemporary global, regional and local art and design issues in relation to current sociopolitical and economic conditions;
4. Generate novel and innovative solutions through advanced critical and creative processes;
5. Formulate ideas and hypotheses that will extend the forefront of knowledge and to discover new knowledge through original research and practice in the fields of Art and Design;
6. Organize independent research in a networked, international and trans-disciplinary environment;
7. Design, develop and implement methodologies and settings that will enable the validation and evaluation of the outcome of their research work;
8. Conduct primary research work and produce work of publishable quality which satisfies peer review;
9. Evaluate critically and review research work related to the domain of their research work published in journals and conference proceedings;
10. Communicate the results of their research work and practice and to publish them in refereed scientific journals and conference proceedings;
11. Present and successfully defend the outcomes of their research work;
12. Demonstrate awareness of any ethical and legal implications of their research and engage with the ethical and legal context of their research;
13. Exhibit transferable professional skills, such as communication and presentation skills, team-working, leadership, self-direction, time management and organization, necessary for a successful career as a researcher and/or for employment in a senior and leading capacity in the cultural sector;

The PhD in Art and Design Practices aims at enhancing and progressing careers in the art and design sector and opening up opportunities at senior levels in the arts and the creative economy. Research degrees can be key to pursuing an academic career, and graduates may go on to research or teach in higher education institutions. The PhD in Art and Design Practices is central to fulfilling the mission of the University through advancing its research dimension, and enabling its establishment in the regional and international scene.

Student Admission Bodies
The PhD in Art and Design Practices program is overseen by the Doctoral Program Committee. This is a three-member committee appointed by the Council of the Department. Handling student admissions, such as the evaluation of the applications for admittance is one of the responsibilities of this committee.

Application Procedure
Admission to the doctoral program is done after the announcement of doctoral positions by the Department, followed by an application by the interested applicant. Eligible applicants must hold a university degree, Bachelor’s or Master’s, granted by an institution recognized in the country where it operates. Applicants who do not hold their first degree at the time of application, but will hold such a degree before the commencement of the graduate program, are also eligible to apply but must submit a letter from their University’s Registrar verifying that they are indeed eligible to graduate. The decision on their admission does not become official until the degree has been successfully produced.

Each application for admission should include:
- A completed application form.
- A Curriculum Vitae indicating the student’s education, academic and research experience, any publications, awards, etc.
- A Research Statement. Candidates with prior graduate studies are required to submit a brief research statement (up to 600 words) stating the area in which they are interested in conducting research. Candidates with no prior graduate level studies do not need to submit a research statement.
- A Digital Portfolio (only for applicants submitting a proposal for a practice-based PhD, who will need to upload a portfolio of practice to support their application. Portfolio submissions are accepted in the following formats: JPG format no larger than 2MB and at least 1024 x 768 pixels (maximum of 10). URLs: links to videos hosted on sites such as Vimeo or YouTube may be uploaded (publicly viewed). The ten items of work should include, if possible, a few examples of earlier as well as recent works. Each item should be provided with relevant information (i.e. date, size, medium, title).
- At least two letters of recommendation from academic or professional advisors.
- Certified copies of all degrees and transcripts.
- Copies of any other supporting material, such as exams, honours, awards, etc.
- Proof of English language proficiency, such as the TOEFL (minimum grade 90), the IELTS (minimum grade 6.5), or other equivalent language examinations. Candidates, who have completed an undergraduate or graduate program where the instruction language was English, satisfy the proof of English language proficiency requirement.

The application material must be submitted in English.

Admission’s Evaluation Procedure
All applications for admission are evaluated by the Doctoral Program Committee. The criteria for the evaluation of the candidates are the following:
- Academic background
- Research background
- Artistic background
- Recommendation letters
- Additional qualifications

If necessary, the Doctoral Program Committee may invite a candidate for a personal interview.

After completing the evaluation process, the Doctoral Program Committee submits to the Council of the Department a Program Admission Evaluation Report on its decision. This report includes a justified suggestion of the Committee on the acceptance/rejection of the candidate’s application, possible conditions for admission, transfer credits, and research area. If appropriate, the Committee may suggest in this report the Research Advisor and the members of the Research Advisory Committee.

The program is structured in six (6) semesters of 30 ECTS credits each. The minimum duration of the program is six semesters (180 ECTS).

A doctoral student is awarded the doctoral title after a successful completion of the requirements specified in the program structure. These requirements include the successful completion of the following:

- Doctoral Level Courses
- Comprehensive Exam
- Graduate Seminar Courses
- Defence of Research Proposal
- Paper Publications
- Doctoral Dissertation Submission
- Doctoral Dissertation Defence

Module Group
ECTS

The student must successfully complete 180 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1PHDA601RESEARCH METHODS73
2PHDA602ADVANCED TOPICS I73
3PHDA603ADVANCED TOPICS II73
4PHDA604ADVANCED TOPICS III73
5PHDA701RESEARCH PLANNING I73
6PHDA702PHD QUALIFYING EXAM73
7PHDA703RESEARCH PLANNING II73
8PHDA704RESEARCH PROPOSAL73
9PHDA710GRADUATE SEMINAR I23
10PHDA711GRADUATE SEMINAR II23
11PHDA712GRADUATE SEMINAR III23
12PHDA713GRADUATE SEMINAR IV23
13PHDA714GRADUATE SEMINAR V23
14PHDA715GRADUATE SEMINAR VI23
15PHDA721GRADUATE RESEARCH I213
16PHDA722PAPER PREPARATION I73
17PHDA723GRADUATE RESEARCH II213
18PHDA724PAPER SUBMISSION I73
19PHDA731DISSERTATION WRITING I73
20PHDA732PAPER PREPARATION II73
21PHDA733DISSERTATION WRITING II143
22PHDA734PAPER SUBMISSION II73
23PHDA730GRADUATE RESEARCH III143
24PHDA735DISSERTATION DEFENSE73

The student must successfully complete 60 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
Total
180
Semesters
ECTS
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDA601RESEARCH METHODS7
2PHDA602ADVANCED TOPICS I7
3PHDA701RESEARCH PLANNING I7
4PHDA702PHD QUALIFYING EXAM7
5PHDA710GRADUATE SEMINAR I2
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDA603ADVANCED TOPICS II7
2PHDA604ADVANCED TOPICS III7
3PHDA703RESEARCH PLANNING II7
4PHDA704RESEARCH PROPOSAL7
5PHDA711GRADUATE SEMINAR II2
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDA712GRADUATE SEMINAR III2
2PHDA721GRADUATE RESEARCH I21
3PHDA722PAPER PREPARATION I7
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDA713GRADUATE SEMINAR IV2
2PHDA723GRADUATE RESEARCH II21
3PHDA724PAPER SUBMISSION I7
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDA714GRADUATE SEMINAR V2
2PHDA730GRADUATE RESEARCH III14
3PHDA731DISSERTATION WRITING I7
4PHDA732PAPER PREPARATION II7
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDA715GRADUATE SEMINAR VI2
2PHDA733DISSERTATION WRITING II14
3PHDA734PAPER SUBMISSION II7
4PHDA735DISSERTATION DEFENSE7
TOTAL30


 

 
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