This PhD program, initiated in response to the contemporary need for innovative cultural leadership, aims to equip students with the philosophical and technical means to develop contemporary visual culture through practice and thereby extend cultural diversity. The program is also committed to fostering postgraduate students as leaders with practical experience in both art innovation and the cultural industries outside of any presumed art system or cultural paradigm. Students will be assisted in escaping the confines of traditional art disciplines, through flexible teaching and incubation research and development, that will combine the resources of the PhD programs of other disciplines in the university. There will be educational input from international art-world professionals across both divisions. These division of the program will be “Creative Practice Studies” and “Art Practice Development and Application”. In addition to sharpening their interdisciplinary language, students are equiped with a thorough understanding of art management in the contemporary cultural economies. This will be based on an examination of the consumer and social context in order to stimulate postgraduate students to re-think the forms and platforms of art production. This will encourage students to actively engage in the transformation of art and social connections, question the inertia of art production, and redefine the social role of artists in the 21st century.
This PhD program is designed to lead postgraduate students to develop multidimensional and holistic approaches under the following themes:
- The philosophy of aesthetics.
- Artistic practice and innovation.
- Social Entrepreneur leadership, operation, and management
- International cultural knowledge and communication skills
- Research methodologies
- PhD program enrolment: Students are recruited independently for either “Creative Practice Studies” or “Art Practice Development and Application”. Candidates are accepted following critical evaluation by interview and on their previous academic record. Vacancies in either group are open to eligible candidates from the other group.
- Group transfer: On principle, no transfer between groups will be allowed for PhD students. If there are special reasons for such a change, the university will discuss this on an individual basis to determine the applicant’s suitability and the additional requirements for the group change.