University of Huddersfield - Art and Design PhD

University of Huddersfield

Art and Design PhD

A Ph.D. is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This program allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A Ph.D. is a three-year full-time or six-year part-time program of research, culminating in the production of a large-scale piece of work that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.

We also accept applications for Ph.D. projects which are practice-orientated and which include portfolio submissions. These include practice submissions with written components. You will receive guidance from your supervisory team as to the percentage equivalents between the practice and written elements of your research project.

Completing a Ph.D. can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills that will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contribute to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved program of work including appropriate programs of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programs, conferences, seminars, guided reading, or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry Requirements

  • A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent.
  • IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable

Course Details

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Research topics

Additive Manufacturing (Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing) & Design Visualisation using VR and AR
All aspects of art and design
Art & Design applications in the medical environment
Blood And Glitter: Contemporary Performance Practice, Bodily Display and Entertainment
Contemporary Photography and Magic Realism
Contemporary photography as art practice, materiality and aesthetics
Creative Community engagement through the generation of temporal exhibition curation
Cultural Ecologies and Regional Change
Design-Driven Innovation for Sustainability - Design for sustainable change - Circular economy
Ecologies of Entanglement/Environmental in-justices
Glamour and Modernity, Architectural Forms, Changes in Clothing, and New Female Visibility in the Twenties
MATERIAL ENTANGLEMENTS - Projects that engage with the “phenomena” of new materialisms and Science and Technology Studies (STS
Modes of repetition identified through contemporary visual art practice; implications and outcomes
New materialist crossings between material, aesthetic and scientific cultures
Photography, practice-based research, nature, landscape, place and storytelling.
Place-based Approaches to Research in the Arts and Humanities
Playing with art - exploring the artistic encounter in the context of work and play.
Positive deviance for innovation and design
Reimagining Device and Interaction Design
Tapestry as metaphor for collective memory project
Textile-based artistic practice
The Art Director As Producer: The Expanding Role of the Art Director in Shaping and Styling Discourse in Art, Design and Architecture
The Therapeutic Cloth: Examining the Impact of Textiles as Art in Healthcare Environments
The art of encounter - investigating artwork-audience relationships in a digital age
The limits of thermal comfort and impacts of air movement and/or radiant heat exchange
User Experience Design
Walking and Narrative in Physical, Virtual and Psychological Space

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