Research course

Prof Doc Fine Art

University of East London · School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering - ACE

Entry requirements


MA in Fine Art or related discipline, an established creative and professional practice and excellent knowledge of contemporary art OR Exceptional creative and professional practice and excellent knowledge of contemporary art

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Doctorate in Fine Art has been running at UEL for over 20 years. It is designed for artists working across a range of media and methodologies who wish to make their practice the basis for doctoral study.

Unlike a PhD, an exhibition of artworks replaces the thesis as the main evidence of research, supported by a 15,000 - 20,000-word written report. The programme is designed for artists from the UK and abroad and is undertaken 3 years full time and 5 years part-time.

Students are engaged in any of the forms of contemporary art, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, film, installation, photography, text-based and digital work. They arrive with a creative practice to be analysed and developed rather than a research question or a project to be carried out. Work-in-progress seminars are the backbone to the programme, building critical, creative and presentational skills and peer support.

Along with twice-yearly exhibitions within and outside of the University, students are given the support to develop their creative practice, professional practice and theoretical research to a doctoral standard.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Fees and funding

UK students
5,740£ per year
International students
15,340£ per year


Full Time- 5,740£ per year

Part Time- 2,870£ per year


Full Time- 15,340£ per year

Part Time- 7,670£ per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ProfDoc
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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