Doctorate of Philosophy in Visual Arts

VUT Research offers students within the Faculty of Human Sciences the opportunity to complete a Doctorate of Philosophy in Visual Arts. This qualification is the highest that a student can achieve within their field of study and makes them experts at what they do.

Doctorate of Philosophy in Visual Arts

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Doctorate of Philosophy in Visual Arts Course Requirements

In order for students to gain admission to complete a Doctorate of Philosophy in Visual Arts, they need to have successfully completed a relevant Masters or equivalent approved by SAQA and a Research Methodology course needs to have been completed. Students also need to submit proof of previous research experience as well as their CV to the head of the department regarding academic history.

In addition to the academic qualifications stated above, the following admission criteria also need to be satisfied before a recommendation for admission to complete a Doctorate of Philosophy in Visual Arts can be made:

  • The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.

  • The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.

  • There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.

  • The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.

  • A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.

  • Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.

  • The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.

  • Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.

  • The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.

  • The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.

Visual Arts Career Opportunities

Students who have completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Visual Arts open a number of doors within the visual arts field, including photography, graphic design and multimedia aspects. Jobs in marketing and advertising, television and media, publishing and magazines will be available for graduates. Students will also be well-equipped to open their own businesses in their desired field.

Doctorate in Visual Arts