Art at University of Gloucestershire - UCAS

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Course summary

An art research degree is not a continuation of studio practice or a residency, but instead asks you to place your work in relation to that of other practitioners in a contemporary and historical context. In this respect, new knowledge and originality can consist of different combinations of existing knowledge as a means of demonstrating and proving original practice. Typically, we enable you to focus and refine detailed aspects of your practice that you locate very specifically in a range of knowledge fields that may or may not previously have been associated with fine art. It encourages you to explore more critically – and make connections with and between – the thoughts and actions of others, and your own imperatives as a practising artist. Through developing dialogues and exchanges within your supervisory team, and external connections made as part of your research, you will then be able to put forward your completed research project and take the first steps in expanding your connections with a larger artistic and academic community. Research students are encouraged to present conference papers, participate in seminars, public exhibitions and other forms of critical exchange, as part of the research process. You will write a thesis in parallel with the practice-based research, that should demonstrate an original contribution to knowledge. We will help you focus on the appropriate practice for pursuing your research, and refine appropriate forms of discourse and dissemination. Research Areas Staff specialisms include:

  • art and biblical interpretation
  • Ethiopian artistic and architectural heritage; curatorial practice
  • socially engaged practice
  • curation in a community context
  • contemporary painting
  • Modernism re-explored in contemporary fine art practice
  • agendas around art and wellbeing
  • concrete poetry
  • artists’ publishing
  • contemporary drawing practice and pedagogy
  • sculpture
  • and the extended field in relation to performance and video.
This research contributes to the research priority area Being Human: Past, Present and Future and Creative Practice as Research. For more information and to apply for the Art programme, please visit the subject page via

Entry requirements

- MA by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area - PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic - Candidates who do not possess a master’s degree that includes research methods training at an advanced level are required to complete research methods training - All applicants will be interviewed to ascertain experience, aptitude and current level of innovation, creativity and critical thinking. The interview will also be an opportunity to identify an appropriate supervisory team - EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

English language requirements

International students will need to produce evidence of an acceptable score on an approved English language test such as IELTS. We run pre-sessional English language courses to help you prepare for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

English Language requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £10000 Whole course
England £10000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £10000 Whole course
Scotland £10000 Whole course
Wales £10000 Whole course
International £20000 Whole course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please visit the subject page via for full fees and costs information. The fee listed here does not include the continuation fee which is charged annually for years registered after the expected duration. The continuation fee is also charged at the point of thesis submission, for more details please see the tuition fee policy
Art at University of Gloucestershire - UCAS