CCVA studentships


The Centre of Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University is pleased to announce the availability of a number of studentships for its new Masters programme Contemporary Arts China 2017/18 entry.

The studentships will cover full-time fees for home and EU students, who have the ambition to continue their studies to PhD study and have outstanding potential within their field.

This unique, specialist course has been designed to provide expert knowledge in a thriving interdisciplinary research environment that facilitates original, thought-provoking research in an expanding field. It seeks to bring together artists, curators, designers, researchers and practitioners who want to pursue an international career in the arts and/or research.

Centred around practice-based research, theory and professional experience, the MA offers students the chance to expand their research and understanding of the field through an extended work placement (one to three months) with internationally renowned partner organisations such as Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester) Guangdong Art Museum (Guangzhou), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), Primary (Nottingham), New Art Exchange (Nottingham), OCAT (Shanghai, Xi’an), Swarovski (Wattens), Tate (Liverpool), Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art (Beijing), White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection (Sydney) and participate in international research projects run by the centre.

We are looking for ambitious applicants who are able to rise to the challenge, contribute to new knowledge within this area and who will thrive within this stimulating research culture.

Applicants will be invited for interview for a place on the course and selected candidates will be supported in their scholarship application.

APPLY:  We recommend that you make an application to the MA course by the 30th April 2017  

ENQUIRIES:  For informal enquiries please contact:



The purpose of this scheme is to recruit students with potential to be high-performing research degree students, and who will be applying for PhD courses, using funding programmes such as Midlands3Cities. 

Students applying for studentships will need to meet the following criteria: 

  • Hold a first class BA degree or a substantial creative industries background
  • Be UK or EU applicants (international students are not eligible for this scheme)
  • Applying for full-time September 2017 entry
  • Have outstanding potential for research degree study
  • Are committed to a research career and contributing to university research culture
  • Have the ambition to apply for a PhD

The application process is as follows:

Decisions will be determined by a suitable panel.


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