Your final research submission (practice and thesis) is shared and assessed through a viva voce (with the living voice) by one internal reviewer from TI and one external reviewer (this panel is organised by each candidate’s DoS). The assessment panel will be external to the research project and no-one who has had a formal advisory role in the project is eligible—the internal assessor may however have acted as the independent commentator for annual reviews and transfers (ie RDC 1 and RDC 2).

The viva voce is a formal and integral part of the assessment process. Although there is an established, traditional form that the viva often takes, Transart actively encourages each student—in consultation with her advisory team—to research and devise a form and forum that will be best suited and integral to their own voice and especially to the spirit, context and subject(s) of their own doctoral research.

Workshops that discuss and explore the potential role of the viva voce and the dissemination of practice in a candidate’s research programme will be regularly conducted during residencies.

Toward the end of each candidate’s research, each PhD advisory team will explore options that best suit the research to help prepare you for your PhD assessment. We advise that it is very important that you begin to think and discuss the potential for these options—guided by your advisory team—as you move through the programme and not leave them till the final stages of research.

Following the submission of the final research exegesis each candidate (in consultation with her advisory team) will design and plan a public dissemination of her practice (exhibition, performance, reading, documentation, screening etc) to take place at the final summer residency.

Submission of the final research project for your viva voce must take place within 48 months from registration (including optional completion year if requested).

Director of Studies organizes date, location and time of PhD examination.