What is a PhD in Visual Arts?

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Visual Arts is an academic discipline that equips students with the artistic and technical skills necessary to create various art forms, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, photos, videos, and films. Visual art forms have a significant cultural component and aim at communicating ideas, entertaining, awakening emotions in us, and much more.

Visual Arts seeks to answer questions like: What can we learn from art history and art movements? How can someone develop their artistic sense? Which are the best methods of encouraging future artists to create and explore their unique style?

You can choose from a wide range of Visual Arts subdisciplines, such as Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Illustrations, Sculpture, Photography, Filmmaking, Visual Communication, and others.

Depending on your specialisation, a Visual Arts degree may include classes in Sketch and Composition, Design and Layout, Photographic Seeing, Art History, Visual Culture, Visual Language, Typography, Ideas and Stories, etc.

Career opportunities for visual arts graduates include: desktop publisher, photographer, make-up artist, drafter, craft artist, exhibition designer, glass blower, graphic designer, illustrator.

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