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Doctoral Program in
Art & Design

The Doctoral Program in Art & Design at Chitkara University helps the scholars to extensively explore the concepts and research skills, as well as delve into analyzing the knowledge related to their respective areas of research objectively. The scholars will follow a program of self-directed, independent study, supported by experienced supervisors who are themselves experts in their area. They are also supported by the wider research community in Art and Design and will have regular opportunities to attend research seminars, conferences and symposia.

The academic program is interdisciplinary in nature and carried in a comparative perspective to fulfill the contemporary requirements. Notably, the program facilitates scientific guidance for the research students with adequate infrastructure and support to fulfill their requirements.

Program Overview

Chitkara University’s doctoral program enables visual Arts & Design professionals and academicians to extend their professional careers by infusing theoretical/conceptual/practical knowledge to develop research skills. Furthermore, the program empowers the visual Arts & Design practitioners, art entrepreneurs, academicians, and cultural workers to analyse contemporary situations, and implement the best workable solutions to complex contemporary art issues.

Post the completion of the doctoral program, the students can expect to –

  • Apply theoretical and analytical competency in their specific research area by working with one of the advanced researchers.
  • Exhibit analytical and research skills necessary to create knowledge and apply it to emerging research problems.
  • Demonstrate expertise in specific topics through the design, execution and completion of doctoral dissertation that contributes to the knowledge and practice of the field.

Admission Eligibility

The candidates must have obtained the following qualification, passing from any of the universities incorporated by an Act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE.

A Master’s degree or its equivalent in relevant discipline with minimum 55% aggregate marks (relaxation for reserved categories as per UGC norms).

How to Apply

Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria, are required to fill the admission form with required documents of all particulars to be attached. All application forms will be screened by a separate screening committee whose representatives will be from Doctoral Research Committee and experts from the University in the respective areas. The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record and relevant experience will appear in a written test to be conducted by the University. Time-table & Curriculum will be intimated to the registered candidates. The candidates will then appear for a personal interview for the final selection.

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Program Fee Structure

Fee ComponentsAmount
Enrolment FeeRs. 50,000/-
Course Work Fee 1Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 2Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 3Rs. 25,000/-
Doctoral Seminar on SpecialisationRs. 60,000/-
Synopsis Seminar FeeRs. 60,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 1Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 2Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 3Rs. 20,000/-
Pre-Thesis SubmissionRs. 40,000/-
Thesis Submission & Defence FeeRs. 75,000/-
TotalRs. 4,20,000/-

Program Structure

The curriculum includes compulsory coursework, research proposal and objectives, research work and progress, pre-thesis work, and thesis defense. It also includes fulfillment of all research objectives, acceptance/publication of research papers in peer-reviewed journals or conferences.

The course work comprises of five components: research methodology, advanced research methodology, doctoral foundation seminar, doctoral concentration seminar, and research & publication ethics. After successfully completing coursework, the research scholar works in close coordination and under the strict supervision of his / her research guide, prepares the research proposal, and identifies the objectives of the research work.

Progress of the research work is reviewed every six months and finally, the scholars submit their thesis and defend it. The Doctoral Research Committee (DRC) closely mentors and monitors this process.

PhaseSub componentsOutcome
Course WorkResearch MethodologyEnabling scholars to purse research in a methodical manner
Advanced Research MethodologyEnabling scholars to know about tools and technologies to process their data
Doctoral Foundation SeminarEnabling and equipping scholars with required tools and technologies in their broad discipline area
Doctoral Concentration Seminara) Motivation to Research, b) identification of base paper(s), c) State-of-art, d) Identification of research gaps, e) Identification of Tools/Technologies for conducting proposed research
Research & Publication EthicsSensitisation towards research; Ethics and respect to science and research integrity; Intellectual honesty and research integrity; Scientific misconducts; Falsification, Fabrication and Plagiarism
Submission of Research ProposalExtensive literature review / research proposal submitted to Dean (DRC) in prescribed format
Progress Seminar – IProgress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – IIProgress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – IIIProgress on identified research objectives
Pre Thesis SeminarAchievement of all objectives, Thesis ready in final shape, Research paper(s) communicated to Conferences / Journals
Thesis Submission and DefenceEligibility for award of PhD. degree
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What to Expect

The PhD. program at Chitkara University will prepare you for an outstanding career in research and teaching. Right from your first semester, you’ll get to work with faculty mentors across your field as you investigate the challenges that interest you. Our doctoral program students have the ability—and diligence—to study complex issues that the world right now faces.

  • Developing Transferrable Skills for Non-Academic Careers

    Our Ph.D Program is strategically designed to cater to the needs of high-achieving professionals aiming to enhance their career in the world beyond academia as well. While conventional academic skills are often developed through courses and mentoring, we also incorporate various pedagogical approaches to mentor them as leaders, entrepreneurs, etc., equipping them with numerous transferable skills, thus grooming them for successful careers in the industry.

  • Opportunities to Present Papers at Prominent Conferences

    Our PhD. students get the opportunity to present their work at prominent conferences. Such conferences, we believe, provide a platform to present one’s research to a global and important audience of scholars and experts in the field. Resultantly, our scholars are ahead at knowing about latest developments as well as open issues that the research community is collectively deliberating upon.

  • Student Support

    Our faculty closely works with research scholars on all phases of the research process—from idea generation and study design to data analysis and writing. The culture is collegial and informal, with students viewed as colleagues and co-authors. Moreover, students are encouraged to work with multiple faculty, which helps them widen their perspective on contemporary issues in their field.

  • Collaborative Research Environment

    In our PhD. Program one finds the most conducive environment to work in collaboration with other scholars, teachers and ace researchers. Our ideology is simple - collaborative teams exhibit important research outcomes, far beyond what could be accomplished by individuals working independently.

Concentrations Offered

Art and Aesthetics+
Modern Art+
Folk and Tribal Visual Arts+
Contemporary Art+
Design Innovation+
Spiritual and Ritualistic Art Forms+

Framework for PhD. Program

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