Research course


Goldsmiths, University of London · Art

Entry requirements

You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area.

You should also apply with a well-developed idea for an individual research project that you have begun to plan artistically as well as to contextualise with reference to contemporary and historical examples of artworks, exhibitions, designs, social, political and philosophical ideas, etc.

Months of entry


Course content

Our research programmes are designed for curators seeking to pursue research through creative practice and, in so doing, to contribute to the wider cultural context through original critical work.

In all Art research subjects, whether you specialise as an artist, a curator or a writer, you may either register for practice-based research or register to undertake research leading to a thesis submitted in accordance with the normal provisions of the University.

At research level the Department of Art’s aim is to support the development of original arts research in the form of artworks, curatorial production and writing. As an artist registered for either practice-based research or by written thesis only, you will work participate in our rich critical research environment.

You will normally work with two supervisors, one of whom may be outside of the discipline of Art. You will meet regularly with your supervisory team to discuss the development of your research project. You will also have the opportunity to organise and participate in training workshops, seminars, screenings, displays and research symposia.

We consider all elements of the PhD - the written element and the artistic or curatorial production for practice-based research - to be sites of rigorous formal experimentation. Throughout your period of study you will be expected to articulate the shape and form of your research and the relation between its elements and to discuss them in research fora on a regular basis.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

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