Virginia Commonwealth University
MATX

Media Art & Text Ph.D program

Program

Virginia Commonwealth University’s 42-hour MATX PhD curriculum comprises 36 hours of course work and a minimum of six hours of dissertation research.

All incoming students must take four core required courses during the first two semesters. Three of the courses are doctoral seminars that provide a shared historical and theoretical foundation for the study of media, art and text. The fourth, a workshop, offers the opportunity to develop and expand the skills needed to maintain a professional presence online and to support dissertation research. In addition, all students will take a course on research methods in a field relevant to their anticipated area of dissertation research.

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Beyond the core, students select 21 hours of elective credits from course offerings in disciplines relevant to their research interests and career goals. The program occasionally offers a topics seminar focused on the history, theory or practice of media, art and text. Independent study and internships are also available as electives.

Together, the core and the electives support the interdisciplinary work of the dissertation, which is an original scholarly examination of some aspect of media, art and/or text. The dissertation, which may include work in media other than text, is supervised by a committee consisting of four or five members drawn from disciplines relevant to the research topic.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Develop advanced communication skills in writing, speaking, and the use of multi-media. 
2. Demonstrate broad knowledge of history and theory as the foundation for interdisciplinary work in a specialized facet of media, art, and/or text. 
3. Develop competence in interdisciplinary and disciplinary research methods and responsible conduct of research.
4. Develop specialized knowledge in relevant fields to support dissertation and subsequent research.
5. Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research and produce new, specialized knowledge within the broad parameters of media, art, and text.
6. Develop a strong basis for ongoing professional practice.

Curriculum Map


MATX Core & 
Elective Courses


Student Learning Outcomes

advanced communi-cation skills

history and theory foundation

research methods

specialized knowledge

independent
research 
and new knowledge

professional
practice

601: Text & Textuality

X

X

 

 

X

 

602: History of Media,
Art, and Text

X

X

 

 

X

 

603: History of Interdisci-plinarity and Multi-Media

X

X

X

 

X

X

604: Workshop

X

 

X

 

X

X

Methodology Elective

 

 

X

 

 

 

Subject Electives (7)

 

 

 

X

 

 

Dissertation

X

 

X

 

X