Information For Postgraduates - University of Oxford
Students can opt to pursue their DPhil studies in one of two ways: either by thesis alone or by practice. In the latter case, when your own creative work forms, as a point of origin or reference, a significant part of the intellectual inquiry, that work will be undertaken as part of the registered research programme, and will be presented in relation to the argument of a written thesis setting it in its relevant theoretical, historical, or critical context. The Ruskin is, first and foremost, an art school, and in saying this we would stress that the prime focus of the department is on sustaining a broadly inclusive and inquisitive space in which to practise, and to test attitudes towards, contemporary art. Those applying to spend time here may therefore come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have experience of a number of different avenues within the contemporary art world. As well as artists, they might, for example, include those wishing to study aspects of exhibition curating and organisation, art theory and criticism, problems of conservation in a field that now includes much that is either easily reproducible or - whether by design or otherwise - highly perishable, and the implications of new technologies for art. Through formal and informal arrangements, and through furthering the projects of many individual staff and students over the years, the School has made connections with departments throughout the University. Links of this kind suggest that interdisciplinary and collaborative work at DPhil level could well be a feature of research for some students.
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