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Doctoral Program in Creation and Research in Contemporary Art at the University of Vigo. 2018/2019

Basic Information

Juan Carlos Meana Martínez

Fine Arts School
Rúa Maestranza, 2 
36002 Pontevedra
986 801 800

Candidate Positions
10 students per year

. Interest of the Doctoral Program

Artistic creation entails generating knowledge and involves methodological
requirements that concern not only production but also analysis and interpretation,
gathering together creation and investigation.

Artistic investigation plays a major role in heritage creation and is accountable for
its transmission. Art teaching and investigation must be understood as
interdisciplinary activities that put at stake perceptive, emotional and conceptual
resources. The figure of the artist as a professional or researcher is thus integrated in
interdisciplinary teams.

1. Degree Competences & Learning Objectives
- Train artists and researchers so that they conceive of art as a form of
comprehensive knowledge.
- Teach artists and researchers to understand their artistic, cultural and social
context and to articulate responses by means of the development of research
- Teach artists and researchers to transmit and project the notions acquired during
their production and/or investigation with a critical and analytical awareness.
- Train artists and researchers to ask themselves suitable questions at any moment.

2. Candidate Profile: Qualities Recommended
- Creative and analytical skills in the field of plastic arts
- Innovative approach
- Critical and self-critical awareness
- Understanding of artistic and cultural contemporary contexts
- Information-handling skills

Pre-enrollment, Admission and Application
School Year 2018-2019

Dates of Interest
- Provisional Admission List
- Protest Period
- Final Admission List
- Application Dates

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Final list of admitted and excluded applicants to the doctoral program 2018-2019
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Access to Doctoral Studies

1- In order to gain access to an official doctoral program, candidates must hold an
accredited Spanish bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a master’s degree.
2- The following candidates may also apply for admission:
 Holders of an official university degree issued by any member country of the
European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which enables access to a master’s
degree program, and having completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits of
official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master’s degree level.
 Holders of an official Spanish graduate degree.
 Holders of a degree from an educational institution that is not part of the EHEA.
In this case, homologation is not required but access is conditional upon
verification that the qualification of such degree is equivalent to an official
Spanish master’s degree and that it enables admission to official doctoral studies
in the issuing country. Admission following this process under no circumstances
implies an official recognition of the degree or its acceptance for any other
purpose than providing admission to the doctoral program.
3- Graduates, architects or engineers in possession of the Diploma of Advanced
Studies may gain entry.
4- Graduates, architects or engineers in possession of an official master’s degree or
having completed 60 ECTS at master’s level may likewise gain access.
Admission to Doctoral Studies
For the purpose of admission to the doctoral studies, previous training in fine arts,
architecture and art history in particular, and in the field of humanities in general
will be considered preferential for the choice of applicants. Access for those holding
a different training will be considered individually and will be evaluated according
to their academic record and overall curriculum vitae.
The assessment criteria, measured in a 10-point scale, are the following:
1- Academic transcript of the degree submitted. The adequacy of the
degree, the grade point average and the marks obtained in the subjects
related to the prospective research will be taken into account (up to 2.5
2- Report on the matter to be researched considering its possible adscription
to one of the lines of investigation available (up to 4 points).

3- Graphic portfolio of artistic work and/or applicant’s curriculum vitae,
considering its adequacy to the pursued degree (up to 2.5 points).
4- Foreign languages study (up to 1 point).
5- Personal interview, if deemed necessary by the Doctoral Program

The Doctoral Program Academic Committee will be responsible for the selection of
applicants upon confirmation from the administrative units that they meet all admission
requirements. The weights of the selection criteria will be made public together with the
call for pre-enrollment. Foreign language skills must be duly and officially certified. It
is recommended that students have a minimum language level of B1. Any candidate
may be interviewed at the discretion of the committee. The interview aims to evaluate
the candidate’s attitude and capacity to put into practice the competences expected in
the program. It will also allow for a more appropriate assessment of the different
selection criteria.
Formative activities may be carried out by part-time students during a single term.
These activities will take place during both the first terms of the first two years of the
program. In this case, the total time of permanence in the Doctoral Program will be
prolonged up to a minimum of six terms distributed in six years plus the stipulated extra
time, which will also be calculated on a part time basis.
Regulation for Foreign Students
Foreign students must request homologation of their degree to its equivalent before pre-
enrollment according to the rules of the University of Vigo. The deadline ends in mid-

Check the Regulation of the University of Vigo

Procedure of Assignment of Tutor and Advisor of the PhD Thesis
The Doctoral Program Academic Committee (CAPD) will assign each student a Tutor
among the faculty members attached to the program. Within three months at the latest
after admission, an Advisor will be appointed as well for the monitoring of the PhD
thesis. It is the responsibility of the CAPD to modify those designations and, if that
were the case, to authorize co-direction when justified by academic or interdisciplinary
In order to make the assignment of advisors and tutors best suited, all applicants may
present a letter of endorsement (see the template available) by any faculty member of
the program. The faculty member will state his or her disposition to authorize or
monitor the applicant’s PhD thesis. The letter of endorsement is for informational
purposes only and will not determine the committee’s final decision.

Were a faculty member to meet all requirements to act as Tutor and Advisor, s/he will
take charge of both tasks.
Research Plan Development and Approval Procedure
Before six months from the date of registration, PhD students will draw up a research
plan that indicates the methodology to be applied and the aims intended as well as the
means and agenda to achieve final goals. The research plan must be submitted and
endorsed by the thesis Advisor and Tutor so that the CAPD can approve it. This plan
may be improved and detailed during the annual assessment if borne out by the Tutor
and Advisor.
The CAPD will assess the student’s progress towards completing the PhD Thesis every
year. This assessment is based on the research plan and activities document issued by
the thesis Tutor and Advisor. A positive evaluation is mandatory to continue in the
program. In the case of a negative evaluation, which will be duly justified, the PhD
student must draw up a new research plan to be assessed within a period of six months.
Should this plan be assessed negatively again, the student will be terminated from the
Mandatory Formative Activities
General knowledge and competencies are focused on three perspectives:
methodological, organizational and of transmission.
The methodological perspective refers to the training sections to be developed and
apprehended with the aim of gaining all necessary competencies. The organizational
perspective refers to integration into the channels, procedures, agencies and/or
structures proper of research work, be them at the University of Vigo or at any other
research centers. Finally, the perspective of transmission is related to a total or partial
placing at public disposal or transfer of research by means of activities such as
delivering lectures, conferences, exhibitions, contests, grants, projects, research stays in
different institutions, etc.
Each perspective constitutes a module in the study program that builds up key
competencies and includes its own formative activities. All modules are mandatory.
Module 1
Formative Activity 1: Methodological Resources
Formative Activity 2: PhD Thesis Defense Seminar
Module 2
Formative Activity 3: Research and Organization Structures.
Formative Activity 4: Lines of Research. State of Research Sessions. (Attendance 1st
and 2nd/ Presenters 2nd and 3rd) 

Formative Activity 5: Transmission of Research
Formative Activity 6: Transmission Seminar

Available Lines of Research
The lines of research will not be offered in their entirety every academic year. Instead,
those available will be timely announced for each period prior to the registration period.
Faculty members and available lines of investigation:
Module: Art Research Methods & Processes