Visual ArtsDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Supervisor: Dr. Joy James
Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
I have undergraduate degrees in Literature (Memorial University) and Fine Art (Emily Carr University), and an MA in Art History from Western.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Connect with the people who are here to get a good sense of how your work and research can operate within and benefit from the community.
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I was interested in working with one specific instructor here, and I had heard good things about the Visual Arts Department’s mix of studio and art history streams.
What is your “dream” career?
A cobbled-together mix of academic-based research and teaching alongside work in the community at large (arts publishing, writing, curating, public projects, etc.)
Have you worked as a teaching assistant or research assistant? If so, how did this benefit your academic career?
I’ve had consistent TAships throughout my MA and PhD program. It’s an invaluable on-the-ground experience that teaches you vital communicative, pedagogical, and critical skills.
Do you engage in volunteer activities?
I’m on the Board of Directors at Forest City Gallery.
Where is “home” for you?
Newfoundland, but London’s a great home-away-from-home.
What’s your favourite book?
Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida.
What do you do in your spare time?
It involves some combination of a hot drink, chair, book, and/or internet.
Program ContactPaula Dias (email@example.com)
Department of Visual ArtsWestern University
John Labatt Visual Arts Centre
London, Ontario N6A 5B7
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 86287
The Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture provides advanced training in art history, visual culture, and creative practices in contemporary art and new media. The program prepares its graduates for professional careers in galleries, museums and other art world contexts; for university teaching and research; and for arts administration in the private and public sectors. The program is unique in that it emphasizes the interrelationship between art historical/visual culture scholarship and studio practice by fostering academic and creative research beside and in connection with each other.
The strength and reputation of our PhD program is a result of our internationally renowned faculty, world-class facilities, and the students who thrive in an intellectually stimulating environment. Western is pleased to offer Own Your Future, a unique Doctoral professional development program that supports students in their academic studies and career engagement. Through Own Your Future, students will develop insight into their current and evolving skill set. To learn more, visit www.uwo.ca/ownyourfuture.
- 12 Terms (4 years)
- Full-time study
- Thesis-based, adapted project-based, or project-based
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- An MA degree in art history, visual culture or curatorial studies or an MFA or MVA with an average of at least 80% (A-).
Students with equivalent qualifications in relevant visual fields such as film or media studies will also be considered if they can demonstrate significant professional experience and accomplishments in the field.
- Students must submit samples of their work. In the case of art history students, this will likely be a sample term paper, thesis chapter or publication. In the case of studio students, this would consist of photographic, video or digital documentation of their studio practice as well as a writing sample.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 86 with no individual score below 20 for the internet version. However, because our programs require students to have a higher level of English language ability due to the expectations and requirements of the program, we recommend a minimum overall score between 90 and 92 and a minimum of 23 on the speaking component. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- January 15 - Acceptance notification in March