Supervision and research expertise
The department offers supervision for MPhil and PhD students in a wide range of areas of art history and visual culture.
The department has special strengths in:
- Art History
- French art 1750–1850
- Italian travel and imagery
- American visual culture
- Representations of landscape in Britain and Italy
- Representations of the everyday
- Cultural and Museum Studies
- Cultural Policy
- Arts Management
- Creative Industries
- Museum and Gallery Studies
- Cultural Studies and Popular Culture
- Visual Arts
- Applied Arts (History, Theory, and Practice)
- Art Theory and Aesthetics
- Digital Arts (History, Theory, and Practice)
- Ethnography and Anthropology
- Film-based Media
- (History, Theory, and Practice)
- Fine Art (History and Theory)
- Performance and Installation (History, Theory, and Practice)
- Photography (History, Theory, and Practice)
- Time-based Media (History, Theory, and Practice)
Through all the supervision areas students are encouraged in the examination of:
- social and material histories of objects and images
- explorations of the processes of cultural production, circulation and consumption
- the development of original theoretical approaches to understanding works of art and associated cultural phenomena
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Teaching and learning
The Department of History of Art offers excellent opportunities for research student supervised and independent learning.
Alongside supervision and research training, doctoral students are encouraged to participate in the department's lively research culture. This includes regular research seminars which offer the chance to hear visiting scholars from elsewhere in the UK and from overseas, as well as opportunities for staff and students to present research in progress in a friendly and constructive environment. These occasions also allow participants to broaden their knowledge of the subject and gain a better sense of how research develops as part of an interactive process.
An important part of our research is formed through the Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture, which is a forum for research in art-historical and visual culture studies.
Additional research training is provided via the Graduate School, and AHRC-funded students can take advantage of training provided across the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership
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Facilities and resources
Nottingham has excellent facilities for doctoral students including for formal seminars, symposia and conferences, and personal study.
Funding for research students
The primary source of funding for our students is through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The University of Nottingham is the lead institution within the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP).
The partnership is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City, and is awarding 410 PhD studentships for study over a five year period commencing 2014.
The DTP provides UK/EU research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.
Applications for 2018 entry are now open. The deadline for applying is 15 January 2018.
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Whilst M3C DTP AHRC funding is only available to UK/EU students, this is by no means the only source of funding, and additional opportunities are listed on the department's funding page as they become available.
The University’s International Office has a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students an EU fee status, including a fee reduction for alumni, and EU and Accession State Scholarships.
You may also search the University’s funding database, designed to give you an indication of University scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply. The University Graduate School operates funding schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research.
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