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Fine Art (DFA), Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #751 (QS) London, United Kingdom
Our Professional Doctorate in Fine Art (DFA) course is the longest-running, most developed of its kind, with a group culture and centralised structure that makes it unique.
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Overview

It’s designed for artists from the UK and abroad who wish to make their practice the basis for doctoral study and can be undertaken over three years full time or five years part time.

It differs from practice-led PhDs in that you will arrive with an art practice to be analysed and developed rather than a 'project' to be carried out.

Students enrolled on the course are engaged in a wide range of practices, including painting, installation, film, video, performance, photography and printmaking.

Industry experts

You will study on an increasingly prestigious course under the supervision of some of the country’s leading fine artists, including Turner Prize-winning sculptor Grenville Davey.

Career prospects

Our doctorate has helped develop the work of internationally acclaimed artists such as Max Hattler, the renowned audio-visual artist and animator.

Work exposure

You will have excellent opportunities to exhibit your work and take advantage of our close relationships with many galleries and our regular engagement with professional venues and practices.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Students enrolled on the course are engaged in a wide range of practices, including painting, installation, film, video, performance, photography and printmaking.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Applicants are required to provide evidence of a proven commitment to professional, personal and intellectual development
  • Submit a proposal of study
  • Submit a portfolio and attend an interview.

Tuition Fee

To be confirmed

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate or postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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