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Postgraduate Research in Art History and Visual Culture

Art History and Visual Culture is an exciting interdisciplinary initiative focusing on the importance of images and artefacts in our lives. Our staff publish on the history of art, curate exhibitions, work with a variety of arts institutions and lead major externally funded research projects on curatorial engagements with performance archive.

In the city, we work closely with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, one of the most important regional museums in the UK, Exeter Phoenix, and with SpaceX, recognized by Arts Council England as one of the UK’s leading international contemporary art spaces. We have strong associations with Tate St Ives and with other regional arts organisations. The University’s the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and Special Collections constitute an incomparable resource for teaching and research, while a rolling series of exhibitions throughout the year draws upon the riches of the Fine Art collection.

Our postgraduate research students have the opportunity to study with leading academics who are specialists in this field. 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. Our diverse research specialisms include 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.

You’ll find details of all our PhD programmes, research expertise and academics on this site, along with funding information, including our latest fully-funded studentship positions.

We look forward to you joining our dynamic research community soon.