Doctorate Blended

Fine Art (DFA)

University of East London

36 months
14460 GBP/year
5420 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Fine Art (DFA) programme of the University of East London has been running 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.


Course Summary

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 Fine Art (DFA) programme of the University of East London 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. 

Your future career

The Doctorate in Fine Art (DFA) leads to employment outcomes by requiring students to engage with the art industry of galleries, critics, publications, and artist-run spaces outside of the university.

The 60-credit taught module in year 1 includes seminars in art writing and publication, funding and exhibiting.

Many doctoral students are already in employment as academics, teachers, curators or artists, and the DFA often leads to extension of their professional roles or to new employment.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research methodologies and Professional Development
  • Advanced Professional Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • MA in Fine Art or related discipline, an established creative and professional practice and excellent knowledge of contemporary art
  • Exceptional creative and professional practice and excellent knowledge of contemporary art.
  • Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14460 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14460 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5420 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5420 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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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