DeTao-Node aims to cultivate a research community, devoted to transdisciplinary inquiry, critical understanding, and the creation of new knowledge. In this program, doctoral candidates can explore and develop their research interests, improve their ability to think and work, both independently and collaboratively, to identify, analyse and solve problems, develop artistic strategies, and create new images, structures, systems and processes in the domain of Technoetic Arts. DeTao-Node seeks to foster and disseminate critical perspectives on the integration of art, science, technology, and consciousness research, and explore, through the various perspectives, in a wide variety artistic, cultural and technologically informed methods of enquiry.
The Doctoral Programme is a Four-year (Part-time) programme. All doctoral candidates are registered in Plymouth University, UK. All academic procedures and progressions are monitored, and research outputs examined, by the University of Plymouth, which awards the doctorate. After successful completion of studies and the submission of the dissertation, the candidate is subject to a viva voce examination convened by Plymouth University. A successful outcome leads to the award of the Plymouth University degree of Doctor of Philosophy, accredited by the British Ministry of Education.
The De-Tao Node plans to have twenty Part-time candidates enrolled in 2016. After registration, doctoral candidates are required to attend three ten-day Composite Sessions each year, over a continuous three year period, at the DeTao CCIC Building, Shanghai. Each sessions includes group discussion and critique of research update presentations, followed by a formally composed response, tutorial sessions with the supervisory team, that includes planning for the next four months, a review of research skills, and public outputs of the developing research. Normally, composite sessions will include a public symposium, at least once in each of the three years. After a minimum of four year's research, a candidate is eligible to submit a thesis for Final Examination, which includes a viva voce examination. The final submission may consist in either:
· a written thesis of 80,000 words, which may be illustrated.
· a digital portfolio of practical work which has been initiated, researched and developed exclusively within the candidate's registered research period, and a linked narrative of no less than 35, 000 words.
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