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Professional Doctorate Fine Art (DFA) / Professional Doctorate of Fashion Industry (DFI) / Professional Doctorate of Digital Media (DDM)

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate research / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: January
  • Course duration: Four to eight years, part-time.
  • Entry requirements: More information

This part-time course takes a practical approach, linking work-based problems to personal and professional development.  It is research-based and equal to a PhD, but has been designed to meet the needs of those working in the creative professions.

The Professional Doctorate Programme (PDP) offers three degrees in the School of Art & Design. They are:

  • Doctor of Digital Media
  • Doctor of Fashion Industry
  • Doctor of Fine Art.

What you'll study

The course will help you to explore the relationship between theory and practice. It will give you an opportunity to develop judgement, foresight and problem analysis, and help you to use theoretical and philosophically tuned forensic skills for your research material.

You'll develop your ability to design and implement a research project in your professional and educational fields. You'll also develop as a reflective and reflexive practitioner who has the adaptability to deal with organisational change and uncertainty.

How you’re taught

This course is delivered through a series of key workshops associated with each module.

You will be assigned two supervisors to support your research, and benefit from a specific number of hours of supervisory meetings. Study circles, formed at the start of the course, will also provide a mechanism for mutual support.

You will benefit from stimulating teaching and tailored support based on your personal, pastoral and academic needs.

Assessment

You'll be assessed on the completion of six pieces of work.

Where appropriate, some of these pieces may be submitted as a combination of writing and creative practice.

Careers and employability

This course will give you the opportunity to:

  • advance your career
  • develop your academic and research abilities.

Although this course does not offer a formal placement, all our courses are vocationally focused and benefit from strong links with industry.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A good honours degree (First or 2.1) awarded by a recognised university in an appropriate subject (or equivalent); and
  • A MPhil, MA or other Masters level qualification*, awarded by a recognised university in an appropriate subject (or equivalent).

Other requirements

  • Typically, you should have a minimum of seven years industry professional experience in a field relevant to the area of study.

As you’re applying for a Research degree (MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorates), you will need to submit a statement about the subject you wish to research. Please see our Doctoral School pages for more information about this.

Accreditation of Prior Certified / Experiential Learning AP(E)L

Applications from candidates without standard entry qualifications (or equivalents), but who have a strong industry / practice experience are encouraged to apply. Applications will be taken on a case-by-case basis. Applications without a formal qualification will be required to evidence their expertise which can be mapped against learning outcome achievement for a current relevant master's award within the School portfolio, and which indicates the potential to work at doctoral level in a professional context.

* Holding a Masters degree (even in a relevant subject area) does not mean automatic entry to a doctoral route without thorough consideration regarding the currency of the Masters award. You may be required, where a need is identified to supplement knowledge or experience, or to fill knowledge gaps, to undertake specified Masters level modules (to a maximum of 60 Masters level credit points) which must be passed in order to demonstrate full achievement of the 180 Masters level entry requirement. These will be undertaken under NTU's continuing professional development framework on a module by module basis. You will need to successfully clear the Masters level modules as stipulated before enrolling on a Professional Doctorate.

What are we looking for?

  • A good honours degree (First or 2.1) awarded by a recognised university in an appropriate subject (or equivalent); and
  • A MPhil, MA or other Masters level qualification*, awarded by a recognised university in an appropriate subject (or equivalent).

Other requirements

  • Typically, you should have a minimum of seven years industry professional experience in a field relevant to the area of study.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

As you’re applying for a Research degree, you will need to submit a statement about the subject you wish to research. Please see our Doctoral School pages for more information about this.

As you’re applying for a Research degree (MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorates), you will need to submit a statement about the subject you wish to research. Please see our Doctoral School pages for more information about this.

Accreditation of Prior Certified / Experiential Learning AP(E)L

Applications from candidates without standard entry qualifications (or equivalents), but who have a strong industry / practice experience are encouraged to apply. Applications will be taken on a case-by-case basis. Applications without a formal qualification will be required to evidence their expertise which can be mapped against learning outcome achievement for a current relevant master's award within the School portfolio, and which indicates the potential to work at doctoral level in a professional context.

* Holding a Masters degree (even in a relevant subject area) does not mean automatic entry to a doctoral route without thorough consideration regarding the currency of the Masters award. You may be required, where a need is identified to supplement knowledge or experience, or to fill knowledge gaps, to undertake specified Masters level modules (to a maximum of 60 Masters level credit points) which must be passed in order to demonstrate full achievement of the 180 Masters level entry requirement. These will be undertaken under NTU's continuing professional development framework on a module by module basis. You will need to successfully clear the Masters level modules as stipulated before enrolling on a Professional Doctorate.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly.

To apply for this course you'll need to complete an application form which you can get by clicking the apply button at the top of this page, produce a research proposal, provide appropriate references and then submit your application to the Graduate School. Further information can be found on the Doctoral School pages.

As you’re applying for a Research degree, you may like to have a look around our Research pages. This may help you to spot academic staff, research areas or projects that interest you. Writing your application Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

For more information, please contact the Doctoral School Administrator by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 8154

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly.

To apply for this course you'll need to complete an application form which you can get by clicking the apply button at the top of this page, produce a research proposal, provide appropriate references and then submit your application to the Graduate School. Further information can be found on the Doctoral School pages.

As you’re applying for a Research degree, you may like to have a look around our Research pages. This may help you to spot academic staff, research areas or projects that interest you. Writing your application Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

For more information, please contact the Doctoral School Administrator by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 8154

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Fees

See our fees and funding page for details.

Funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service. Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees

See our fees and funding page for details.

Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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