MPhil/PhD in Art History and Visual Culture

Our MPhil/PhD in Art History and Visual Culture at Exeter provides an opportunity for you to study with leading academics who are specialists in this field. We offer PhD supervision on a range of topics; from the old masters to contemporary practitioners, from the traditional arts to new media and technologies and from elite production to popular culture. The programme draws on established, internationally recognised research activity and top-quality research-led teaching.

Our research in Art History and Visual Culture draws upon the expertise of our core art historians and also of colleagues from across the Humanities disciplines with research interests in Visual Culture, so our students have opportunities for cross-disciplinary research in collaboration with other relevant fields of study. Our diverse research specialisms include art and architectural theory, historic and contemporary arts practices, museology and curatorship, art and technology, photography, performance, popular culture, visual representations of ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and visual cultures from the classical era to the present.

In addition to co-operation with departments in the College of Humanities, we share research interests with colleagues working across the University. Beyond the University we have good relations with UK museums and galleries, as well as academic and research institutions internationally, attracting research students from all over the world and many cultural backgrounds. There are frequent public seminars and a lecture series which features distinguished scholars and public figures in related fields from the UK, Europe and throughout the world.

Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.

Careers and Employment

You will develop skills which will be useful to you whether or not you stay in academia including highly developed research methods skills. Possible careers include academic research and teaching, art writing, employment in arts organisations and the heritage sector, and, usually with further professional training, employment in the art market and curatorial positions in the gallery/museum sector.