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Studio Art - Research

The PhD in Studio Art aims to generate new knowledge in artistic practice through studio research and other research methods as appropriate. The PhD can be taken as a Full-Time, Part-Time, or Hybrid (Part-Time with Full-Time Periods of Study) Programme:

• Full-Time Programme (4 years). Each student has their own dedicated studio space at BCA and use of other college facilities including the library and labs for 12 months each year. Students also have use of the NUI Galway library and student facilities;

• Part-Time Programme (6 years). Part Time students are required to have their own studio space away from BCA and to attend BCA for supervision sessions and group events. Supervision also takes place via Skype and by email;

• Hybrid (Part-Time with Full-Time Periods of Study) Programme. Students register as Part-Time and undertake a combination of Part and Full-Time study. The maximum duration is 6 years, which can be reduced to a minimum of 4 years by taking periods of Full-Time study. Students are required to have their own studio away from BCA when in Part-Time mode and to attend BCA for supervision sessions and group events. Supervision also takes place via Skype and by email. Students are provided with dedicated studio space at BCA when in Full-Time mode.

PhD in Studio Art students receive training in studio and other research methods and complete a research project based on a key research question. Students are expected to:

• Identify a field of study and a research question within it;

• Pursue a defined key research question through studio research;

• Investigate cognate studio research undertaken by others internationally;

• Explore the theoretical and historical dimensions of the enquiry through scholarship;

• Collaborate with others, as appropriate, to extend the range of the enquiry;

• Produce a body of work that embodies or represents a new contribution to understanding, in response to the key research question;

• Write an account of the contribution to understanding that includes a reflective analysis of the theoretical and historical context of the research, a critical review of the process of the research, and a brief summary of the project and its outcomes;

• Successfully defend the outcomes of the research in a viva voce examination.

Duration

• Full-Time Programme (4 years). Each student has their own dedicated studio space at BCA and use of other college facilities including the library and labs for 12 months each year. Students also have use of the NUI Galway library and student facilities;

• Part-Time Programme (6 years). Part Time students are required to have their own studio space away from BCA and to attend BCA for supervision sessions and group events. Supervision also takes place via Skype and by email;

• Hybrid (Part-Time with Full-Time Periods of Study) Programme. Students register as Part-Time and undertake a combination of Part and Full-Time study. The maximum duration is 6 years, which can be reduced to a minimum of 4 years by taking periods of Full-Time study. Students are required to have their own studio away from BCA when in Part-Time mode and to attend BCA for supervision sessions and group events. Supervision also takes place via Skype and by email. Students are provided with dedicated studio space at BCA when in Full-Time mode.

Comment

Award OF PhDThe PhD is awarded by the National University of Ireland, Galway within the regulations and terms for the PhD degree and subject to the guidelines and protocols of the University, as published in the General Calendar of the University.

Assessment method

Assessment
There are two types of assessment: annually by the Graduate Research Committee to determine eligibility for progression; and the final examination at the end of the programme of research by at least one External and one Internal Examiner, to examine the outcome of the project.

The final examination comprises:• the submission of a body of work that embodies the contribution to knowledge and understanding, normally by exhibition;

• a written reflective analysis of the theoretical and historical context of the research subject to a maximum word count of 20,000 words and a minimum of 10,000 words;

• a written critical review of the process of the research subject to a maximum word count of 20,000 words and a minimum of 10,000 words;

• a 500 word summary of the contribution to knowledge and understanding together with documentation of the work;

• a viva voce examination.

All elements of the examination must be passed. The submission is examined with reference to the initial aims of the research project.

Application date

Applications for the PhD are in two stages:

Stage 1- Applicants make Submission

Research Proposal

An outline of your research proposal, including your proposed methodology and reading list.

PhD Studio Art: Practice Based Research Proposal

Content Guidelines for Submitting a Research Proposal

Project Abstract (300 words)

•Please outline a Research Question that frames your field of enquiry. The Research Question should encapsulate your subject area and proposed objectives.

•Summarize the overall aim of your research.

•List the objectives of your research (the specific steps you will take to achieve your aim).

Detailed Project Description

Context & Objectives of your Research Subject (500 words)

•Describe the field of artistic practice in and through which you wish to undertake practice based research.

•Indicate your research subject and expand upon your objectives in undertaking research.

Research Methods (600 words)

•Describe your research process in practical terms, outlining your proposed research methods.

•Provide evidence of a high level of artistic practice and the practical and critical skills required to undertake your project (please refer to the portfolio submitted with your application).
•Provide a year by year overview of how you anticipate your research process to unfold.

Research Outcomes and Contributions to New Knowledge (600 words)

•Indicate how you plan to draw together the results of your practice based research.

•Describe the proposed contribution to new knowledge that you will make through your research. How will your project expand or develop existing knowledge?

•Describe how you plan to disseminate the impact of your findings in the wider arts and research communities.

Literature Review
Please list literature (books, journals, articles, websites) relevant to your research project and include full bibliographical details.

Portfolio
Portfolio (min 10 jpeg images on CD or video on DVD). This may be submitted electronically through Dropbox or www.wetransfer.com

Other Material

•2 letters of recommendation sent by your referees to lisa@burrencollege.ie.

•Official transcripts demonstrating evidence of previous degrees.

•Copy of your Birth Certificate or Passport

•Non-refundable application fee of €50 payable online here.

NOTE: We request official hard copies of transcripts to be sent to Admissions, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland, or sent by the university/college via password protected email. Portfolio images can be submitted electronically via Dropbox or www.wetransfer.com. All other application materials can be emailed to the Director of Admissions, Lisa Newman, at lisa@burrencollege.ie

All eligible applicants are then interviewed.

Research areas

Programmes Of Enquiry
We welcome proposals for studio based PhDs in the following aspects of art practice:

• Drawing and painting as processes of enquiry;
• Creative methods and methodology in art;
• Public, site-specific, social and relational aspects of art;
• Performance, video and live art;
• Feminism in art;
• Interdisciplinary art research that promotes collaboration across academic boundaries, with potentially any college or school of NUI, Galway.

This list indicates our main areas of expertise, and applicants may also propose research projects outside these criteria, while recognizing that no art school is likely to have the expertise to supervise every good quality proposal.

Supervision
Supervision is undertaken by committee comprising of your main supervisor and faculty from Burren College of Art, the National a University of Ireland, Galway, and external experts as appropriate.

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