PhD Advisor Intro


PhD advisors will give rigorous critique, academic support and advisement to their student according to the academic calendar and linked forms while school is in session and at residencies for three years. PhD advisors are drawn from a pool including practicing artists, curators, academics, theorists, historians and writers. They have a wealth of experience in a variety of artistic, exhibiting, research, publishing and educational environments. PhD Advisor teams are made up of a Director of Study (DoS) and a second phd advisor. It is a Transart priority that each PhD candidate work with an advisory team that best supports the student’s individual practice. During milestone presentations (Project Approval, Confirmation of Route) one member of each advisory team must be present and the other will take part via Skype.

Director/s of Studies
The DoS is a practicing artist who brings their own professional experience and expertise to bear supporting creative practice. In the case of a split advisement, the second Director of Study can be a curator, academic, theorist, writer, practicing artist or from any other relevant field.

Consultant and third advisors:
DoS may propose to bring in consultants with necessary specialization as needed on a semester by semester basis.


PhD Proposal Reader
The Expert Commentator provides a 300-600 word written report, taking into consideration the academic content and quality of the proposed program of work as well as the submitted practical element to ensure that it is set at the appropriate level and achievable within the limits of the research program. The Expert Commentator should confirm whether or not s/he feels the project is achievable within the time span and make any suggestions for improvements to the topic focus or methodology.

Confirmation of Route Reader
The Expert Commentator provides a 1-2 page written report, supporting his/her decision to recommend that the candidate either remains a ResM or MPhil candidate or transfers to PhD status. The External Commentator’s report should be addressed to the student and sent to the DoS, who will forward it to the student and discuss it.

Commentators on MPhil and PhD proposals: Postgraduate thesis advisement at MFA or PhD level or equivalent experience, research, publication etc. Internal Examiners: Research-active members of the academic staff at Transart or Plymouth University who have the appropriate expertise in the student’s research area. Generally a doctorate is required as well as role specific training provided by PU.

Internal Examiner PU Viva Voce
The Internal Examiner reads the thesis and prepares a written report on it before participating in the viva voce. After the oral examination s/he will write to the student formally conveying the joint views of the Examiners on the submission, describing in detail the academic and presentational reasons for their recommendation, and (if appropriate) providing clear advice about what matters should be addressed in any resubmission.