Research Policy & Strategy
The Athens School of Fine Arts is comprised of the Department of Visual Arts (painting, sculpture, printmaking) and the Theory & History Department. Research in the Department of Visual Arts is based on the School’s extensive collection of Greek and International Art, in particular painting, sculpture, mosaics and religious iconography. In Theory & History, research is concerned with cultural inquiry in fields related to the History and Theory of Art and Artistic Research, such as theories of architecture, queer theory, politics and economics. Research is developed through seminars, exhibitions and workshops within the school and with external partners, as well as through institutional placements. The Department of Visual Arts has recently established many collaborative partnerships with national and international museums and institutions in Greece, and it has worked on many Erasmus + projects, aiming to internationalize research and knowledge exchange.
Key research themes
Art & Design, Art & Psychoanalysis, Art & Technology, Art & the Public Sphere, Gender in Art, Performative Art Practices & Theory, Representational Practices
Degrees are validated by the institution itself.
Thesis (no word count is specified)
The thesis is defended in front of a jury of 7, including external examiners.
Forms of Output
Exhibitions, curatorial projects, published articles, expositions etc.
Full-time study only
PhD research is integrated into the Department’s general research activities.
There is no structured programme.
PhD students are invited to make presentations to the Department’s staff and students. There is no training in research methodologies or ethics at PhD level, with prospective students required to demonstrate their knowledge of both in their applications to the Department.
Undergraduate & Masters Research
Undergraduate and postgraduate course introduce research methods.
Quality Assurance & Enhancement
The Academy participates in national and international audit and assessment processes for research and teaching.
Students work with 1 internal supervisor
Each supervisor works with 5 students.
Staff engaged in PhD supervision attend seminars and individual mentoring sessions.
Staff engaged in supervision are expected to hold a 3rdcycle qualification if they are involved with ‘theory’: this is not expected of those supervising ‘practice’.
Presently, 100% of staff in the Theory & History Department have 3rdcycle qualifications and approx. 10% of staff in the Department of Visual Arts.
All staff teaching in the Department of Visual Arts have the same responsibilities and access to resources with regards to research. Sabbaticals are offered to staff.
Prospective students submit a portfolio, a research proposal and undertake an interview.
There are currently 9 PhD students in the Department.
The Department does not offer bursaries, grants or scholarships but 3rdCycle education is free.
There is no formal provision for support beyond supervision.