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Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes Interinstitutional Doctorate in Art and Culture
Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes

Interinstitutional Doctorate in Art and Culture

Aguascalientes, Mexico

4 Years


Full time

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Jul 2023

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The Inter-institutional Doctorate in Art and Culture (DIAC) is the result of the conjunction of academic efforts of the Public Universities of the Central West Region of the ANUIES in which the following universities participate: Autónoma de Aguascalientes; from Guadalajara; of Guanajuato and the Michoacana of San Nicolás de Hidalgo. It has been created for the training of specialists duly trained in the analysis, research and dissemination of culture and art, from the local and regional spheres of Mexico to the appropriate and necessary reflection on these issues in a global dimension. Although Latin American culture and art is proposed as a fundamental object of study, the links that this geographical area has with other cultural systems are not excluded in any way.

Around art (and its specific disciplines, from literature to theater; from performing arts such as dance to cinema; from oral traditions and cultural heritage to avant-garde art and design) and culture (in its broadest and most comprehensive sense, that is, how to make the human being in society) systematic research is more necessary than ever in order to form more critical, more reflective societies, in the understanding that artistic and cultural phenomena, in its different manifestations are a pertinent and multi-significant object that must be studied from different theoretical perspectives in the universities of Mexico.

This postgraduate course offers the academic community, and professionals in the arts and culture, a space of scientific quality for their postgraduate training focused on research, to deepen the analysis of cultural and artistic phenomena, in an interdisciplinary environment that Allow and encourage teamwork.

The program is oriented towards the investigation and analysis of art and cultural heritage (tangible and intangible), taking artistic cultural heritage as a set of manifestations that generate identity, ideological and aesthetic processes.

The DIAC has a basic academic core of 20 full-time professors with 70% members of the National System of Researchers (SNI) at levels I and II, integrated into five lines of Knowledge Generation and Application (LGAC): Studies social arts and culture; artistic discourse analysis; Visual arts; Performative Arts and Cultural Heritage.

This inter-institutional doctorate has a maximum duration of four years with full-time dedication and is aimed at professionals in the arts, social sciences or humanities.

Its curricular structure consists of three training areas:

  • Basic area with a common trunk made up of subjects for theoretical-methodological training.
  • Area of specialization in intensive modules of semester accreditation, with the option of research stays with a focus focused on doctoral research work.
  • Particularizing research seminars for the realization of the thesis. They are carried out through independent learning activities for doctoral students under the supervision of their director and thesis advisors, with plenary sessions every end of the semester to provide feedback on progress.


To train doctors with a solid theoretical-methodological competence and a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective for the understanding and analysis of artistic and cultural phenomena.

Specific objectives

  • Develop and disseminate specialized, updated and scientific knowledge in the fields of culture and the arts as researchers and teachers of excellence.
  • Generate qualified and ethical human resources, with a deep social and critical sense, with work discipline, to advise, direct and evaluate research projects and degree theses, in the areas of analysis of art and culture.
  • Promote the development of new methodologies and lines of research that are pertinent and consistent with the social reality of the country, in the fields of analysis, professional training, specialization, updating, production, and the development of art and culture.
  • Generate specialized products of scientific quality in the field of art and culture research.
  • Contribute to consolidate academic bodies specialized in areas of research and analysis of art and culture.

Profile of the graduate


You will have knowledge of four methods of qualitative analysis of artistic works, developed in the 20th century, each of which places emphasis on different aspects: a) the study of the work itself; b) the analysis of the relationships that exist between art and other cultural products; c) the identification of the determinants that are produced in art, by society, which is its specific historical context of production, and d) the identification of the links that exist between art, ideologies and theories of art and the culture. What will give you the ability to make research proposals solidly based on the theoretical-methodological.

They will be able to apply methodologies and knowledge that arose in other fields, to the analysis of artistic objects, and the problems and specific aspects of art, that is, they will be able to perform in a transdisciplinary context.


Ability to assess the contributions made in the area of artistic analysis up to the present and to open new lines of research that are relevant and necessary, both in relation to the objects of study, as well as in what concerns the techniques and methodologies of analysis. applied.

They will be able to propose, coordinate and carry out research projects carried out by interdisciplinary teams, providing a greater and deeper understanding of the phenomena and artistic works that constitute their objects of study.

Will propose and carry out innovative research, with a high degree of professionalism and scientific discipline, involving a deep critical sense and adequate argumentation and verification of results.

Attitudes and Values

They will have a clear awareness of the role that art plays in society, of its specificity as a cultural product, of its historical functions and of the importance and necessity of its development, dissemination and conservation.

Admission requirements

  • Have completed and defended their master's thesis or written reception work, in postgraduate courses in arts, social sciences or humanities.
  • Have an average of over 80 (or equivalent) in the studies of the last grade obtained.
  • Have academic or professional experience in areas related to the program, or be an outstanding student.
  • Demonstrate experience in research, which must be supported by the digital version of your master's thesis or written reception work.
  • Availability to carry out their studies with a full-time dedication and present a commitment letter to carry them out and conclude them; In addition, in the case of being an IES or similar staff, an institutional letter that supports the above.
  • Approve the interview that will be applied by the Commission of income.
  • Proof of proficiency in a language other than current Spanish (450 TOEFL in English or its equivalent in French, German, Italian or Portuguese).
  • Approve the EXANI III applied by Ceneval, with a minimum of 900 points.
  • Submit an original research project for its development and conclusion in the maximum period of eight semesters (minimum six) that comprises the DIAC program.
  • Commitment letter to present your postgraduate thesis within a maximum period of four years, from the moment of registration.

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