PU PhD handbook addendum

PU PhD Handbook Addendum 2016

This handbook should be read as an addendum to the University of Plymouth Graduate School Research Degrees Handbook and the Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) Postgraduate MPhil/PhD Student Handbook. Members of the Transart Research Group should note: Students enrolled in the Transart Institute doctoral programme are invited but not required to  University of Plymouth Graduate School and Faculty of Arts Induction events or any specific modules related to research training but are not required to do so.

Postgraduate Studies at Transart Institute

1. Artistic Research
The Transart Postgraduate Research Group consists of artist-researchers who meet bi-annually at Transart Residencies (face-to-face) and regularly online to develop their research in/as creative practice. Research at Transart Institute is situated within the wider discursive context of ‘artistic research’. Doctoral research at Transart Institute leads to the award of the University of Plymouth/Transart Institute PhD. With a geographically dispersed membership, regular residencies and public events, seminars, symposia, the Transart Triennale, and Else Journal, the Transart Research Group constitutes a worldwide research community.

2. Goals
Transart Institute aims to create a dynamic trans-disciplinary space for students to interact with a wide range of artists, scientists, technologists, cultural theorists, media practitioners and visionaries. Students investigate their work independently in creative practice and academic contexts. The trans-disciplinary model at Transart Institute is designed to: enrich students’ praxis; foster change; facilitate a connection between collective and individual work; provide the means for situating work in the wider world; and develop interactive strategies with audiences. PhD research is expected to contribute significantly to the field of art and culture, and to discussions about artistic research through informed, exhibited, published or performed work, and related documentation.

3. Residencies
All Transart Institute doctoral candidates are required to attend all Transart residencies over a continuous three-year period. It is however possible to attend one winter and one summer alternative residencies by request (see calendar for due date) and approval by your DoS. The first and last residency are required. There are four summer and three winter residencies in total. Typically these residencies involve participation in dedicated research and other creative thematic workshops, peer group discussions and supervisory meetings, together with local public events, critiques and cultural visits. With a request form for independent study during the residency (see calendar for due date) students are not required to attend creative workshops, excursions and other events after the first summer, unless they have signed up for them. Workshops for Transart MFA alumni are also optional.

4. Structure
The Transart Research Group consists of a team of core Transart PhD advisors acting as Directors of Study (DoS), summer faculty, advisors, consultants and students who attend residencies. DoS liaise with the Directors of Transart Institute and the Graduate School at Plymouth University.

5.  Advisors
Each PhD candidate is assigned a Director of Studies (DoS) from Transart’s core group of supervisors and a second supervisor from Plymouth University. A consultant may be assigned in cases where specialist knowledge is needed to complement fields of expertise on a semester by semester basis. In addition to online and offline meetings with their individual advisory team students benefit from the participation at each residency of the core group of PhD advisors.

6. Presentations
Candidates present a synopsis and progress on their thesis each residency. Beginning in 2016 all incoming students (and optionally prior students) present their completed creative thesis project at the final summer residency, year three. This presentation is public and will include a connected event or documentation of the project. ie. performance, video screening, intervention, books, symposium, concert, etc.  With a semester’s notice, two reviewers will be provided.

7. Viva Voce
This closed examination is wholly a Plymouth University process and takes place at the university in England. By request the Director of Study may be present but cannot participate. Alterations to this process must be requested along with the PhD proposal (RDC3) submission for approval.