The following programs offer a PhD in art/science, art/technology, and related fields. Programs are listed by country.
For a list of programs in the Studio-Art PhD please visit
James Elkin’s List of Studio-Art PhD programs around the world http://www.jameselkins.com/yy/?page_id=305
This site has chapters from his book Artists with PhDs. A new edition is due out in 2014. As he notes, the list is not complete. It does contain some interesting comments about the variety of programs, including length of programs, number of supervisors, length of dissertation, weighting of practice versus dissertation, and the level of research involved.
Programs are listed in alphabetical order within each country.
The University of Western Australia http://www.uwa.edu.au B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. offered
SymbioticA is an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning, critique and hands-on engagement with the life sciences. SymbioticA is the first research laboratory of its kind, enabling artists and researchers to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department. It also hosts residents, workshops, exhbiitions, and symposiums. With an emphasis on experiential practice, SymbioticA encourages better understanding and articulation of cultural ideas around scientific knowledge and informed critique of the ethical and cultural issues of life manipulation. The Centre offers a new means of artistic inquiry where artists actively use the tools and technologies of science, not just to comment about them but also to explore their possibilities. http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/
University of Calgary http://www.ucalgary.ca/ M.A. and Ph.D. offered
Computational Media Design
The Computational Media Design (CMD) is an interdisciplinary graduate group that is composed of the Department of Computer Science, the Faculty of Environmental Design and the Faculty of Arts. Students can earn graduate degrees, both Master’s and PhD. These research-based graduate degrees explore the relationships among art, design, science and technology. http://cmd.ucalgary.ca/
ParisSciences and Letters (PSL) http://www.parissciencesetlettres.org Ph.D. offered
PhD Program “Science Art Creation Research” (SACRe)
The project “Science Art Création Recherche” (SACRe) aims at developing a new field of research by exploring the interfaces between the arts, and between art and science (hard sciences as well as human and social sciences). It brings together, along with the ENS, the most important French schools of creative and performing arts in their respective fields:
– National Higher Conservatory of Music and Dance ofParis(ParisConservatoire)
– National Conservatory of Dramatic Art (CNSAD)
-NationalSchoolof Decorative Arts (ENSAD) *
-NationalSchoolof Fine Arts (Ensba)- Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS)
The other partners of PSL, especially Collège de France, ENSCP, ESPCI and Université Paris-Dauphine, will also actively participate.
University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/
The Planetary Collegium PH.D. degree offered
Within a transcultural, transdisciplinary perspective, the Planetary Collegium is concerned with the advancement of emergent forms of art and architecture, in the context of telematic, interactive and technoetic media, and their integration with science, technology, and consciousness research. The Collegium’s hub (CAiiA-Hub) is located in the School of Art and Media, with nodes in Zurich, Milan and Kefalonia.
Currently there are 43 doctoral candidates enrollded in the Collegium, and 53 PhD graduates since its original founding as the CAiiA at the University of Wales, Caerleon. Visting artists and post doctoral researchers are also in residence from time to time. Honorary Members (New Knowledge Advisory Board): http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/273
Arizona State University www.asu.edu Ph.D. offered
MAS PhD: Transdisciplinary Graduate Education in Media Arts and Sciences The School of Arts, Media and Engineering (Arts, Media and Engineering) offers a PhD in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS), which is jointly conferred by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. MAS PhD students learn to translate, transport and combine knowledge across disciplines as they develop innovative experiential media systems and accompanying theoretical models. The degree structure includes transdisciplinary media courses through Arts, Media and Engineering, elective course credits that complement the student’s research interests, and substantial research and dissertation hours devoted to collaborative research within the Arts, Media and Engineering network.
Students with undergraduate training in any related art, science, engineering or humanities field are welcome to apply for admission to this degree. Applicants should have a track record that demonstrates interest and potential in transdisciplinary media training and should be comfortable in a computational environment. http://ame.asu.edu/education/degrees/masphd.php
Texas A&M University http://www.tamu.edu/ B.S., M.S., M.F.A. and Ph.D offered
Department of Visualization, College of Architecture
The Texas A&M University Visualization Laboratory was established in 1988. The academic program started one year later. The Visualization Laboratory and Visualization academic program were created in response to clear indications that digital visualization was going to play a highly important role in digital communication. The visualization academic programs produce leaders in the fields where art and science merge. The program offers a B. S. and M. S. in Visualization, and M. F. A. in Visulazation, and a Ph.D. in Architecture, as well as a minor in art. For more information visit their website at https://viz.arch.tamu.edu/
University of California, Berkeley www.ucb.edu M.A. and Ph.D. offered
Berkeley Center for New Media
The Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) is a focal point for research and teaching about new media, led by a highly trans-disciplinary community of 120 affiliated faculty, advisors, and scholars, from 35 UC Berkeley departments, including Architecture, Philosophy, Film & Media, History of Art, Performance Studies, and Music; the Schools of Engineering, Information, Journalism, and Law; and the Berkeley Art Museum. BCNM is located at a global center for design and information technology and based in a public research university known for alternative thinking. BCNM features two graduate curricula. The Designated Emphasis in New Media offers a specialization track for any Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, while the Certificate in New Mediaoffers a similar, but more compact program for any master’s student at UC Berkeley. To earn an Emphasis or a Certificate, students take BCNM graduate courses and complete related research in new media. Several fellowships are available to support the study of new media. The Berkeley Center for New Media now also offers a short term Visiting Scholar Program for those conducting research in the field.
The University of Texas at Dallas http://www.utdallas.edu/ B.A., M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. offered
The Arts and Technology program is Texas’ first comprehensive degree designed to explore and foster the convergence of computer science and engineering with creative arts and the humanities.A joint creation of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Arts and Humanities, the Arts and Technology (ATEC) program is a collaborative effort that transcends existing disciplines and academic units. http://www.utdallas.edu/atec/
University of Washington, Seattle, WA http://www.washington.edu/ B.F.A and Ph.D. offered
DXARTS: CENTER FOR DIGITAL ARTS AND EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA: BFA, PHD
The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) is an interdisciplinary degree-granting center designed to support the emergence of a new generation of hybrid artists. DXARTS fosters the invention of new forms of digital and experimental arts by synthesizing expanded studio research with pioneering advances in digital computing, information technologies, performance, science, and engineering.
The primary focus of undergraduate education in Digital Arts and Experimental Media is to create opportunities for artists to discover and document new knowledge and expertise at the most advanced levels higher education can offer to emerging artists. The primary focus of doctoral education in Digital Arts and Experimental Media is to create opportunities for artists to discover and document new knowledge and expertise at the most advanced levels higher education can offer. The Ph.D. degree prepares artists to pursue original creative and technical research in Digital Arts and Experimental Media and pioneer lasting innovations on which future artists and scholars can build. https://www.dxarts.washington.edu/graduate-program