List of Doctoral Programs for Art and Media


I keep encountering more people who are looking for a list of places where they can do doctoral study that also involves the making of art.

This list:

  • comes with no endorsements
  • neglects PhD in Design programs (for now)
  • sometimes includes theory/history programs where practice-based work is tolerated
  • does not reflect any burning desire on my own part to pursue such a degree
  • is not ordered in any meaningful way
  • focusses for now on the U.S. and UK
  • will definitely expand, and welcomes comments/additions!

For now, here’s my list gathered from various notes and searches:


Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute

Newcastle University UK

(pair any other PhD program with the secondary PhD in Critical Media Practice)

University of Western Ontario

Texas Tech

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts

Glasgow School of Art

Transart Institute

UC San Diego

York University

European Graduate School

Planetary Collegium (i-node)

Center for Transcultural Research and Media Practice

Georgia Tech

Goldsmiths London

Smartlab UK

UC Santa Cruz

University of Southern California

University of Washington

Virginia Commonwealth University

University of Buffalo (SUNY)

University of Sussex

University of Rochester

University of California, Santa-Barbara

University of London Royal Holloway

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