PhD in Art and Design Practices

Qualification Awarded PhD in Art and Design Practices
Level Of Qualification Doctorate  (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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.

Key Learning Outcomes

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;

Occupational Profiles of the Graduates

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.