Art and Design (MA by Research)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

13 January 2020

6 April 2020

Duration

The maximum duration for a part-time MA by Research is 2 years (24 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 4 months.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2020

29 November 2019

For PGR start date April 2020

11 February 2020

For PGR start date September 2020

02 July 2020

About the research degree

A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a two year (pRT-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.

Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master’s course.

You’ll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.

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.

At the end of the project you’ll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined. We also accept applications for PhD 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.

On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an upper second honours degree (2:1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What can I research?

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:

Outline

Use of Direct Digital Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping, and Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies in Industrial - Product Design processes:

• Application of AM, advanced 3D digital technologies in design industry, mass customisation, custom fitting, wearable products, mould design and manufacturing, • Design optimisation, design simulations, material testing, advance 3D modelling techniques, new product innovation, • Visual 3D programming language for bespoke product development, mass customisation • Application of Reverse Engineering, 3D scanning to reduce product development lead-times and cost,

Design visualisation and representations, application of VR, AR, mixed realities for product development and visualisation processes:

• Animations, simulations and ergonomic analysis of human working conditions, • Application of motion capturing for transport simulations, outdoor measurement and user behaviour analysis, • Investigation of mould design, tool design, design for manufacturing.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Outline

We encourage and invite applications from all aspects of art and design. The Department of Art and Communication currently offers an exciting interdisciplinary mix of art and design courses. Our approach builds on the potential for contemporary, experimental, commercial and trans-disciplinary practices. The department is committed to promoting high quality learning which reflects contemporary knowledge and understanding related to studio practice, theoretical contexts, forms of public display and industry.

We invite proposals that seek to investigate all kinds of themes and topics, and encourage applicants to bring their own research interests to the proposal process. We encourage self-directed learners who are keen to realise project ideas across all cultural and creative practices.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Outline

The enhancement of the medical environment and its relation to recovery is poorly realised in current practice. This project seeks to break into the space of hospitals, hospices and other spaces defined by medical practice and transform the environment through a systematic examination of materials, practices and systems deployed within these spaces. An Art & Design laboratory aimed at disruptive transformation and enhanced patient recovery. An ergonomic study of time poor practices within medical routine and the implications for patient rehabilitation and health.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Outline

How does contemporary live performance art practice influence new cabaret and burlesque? This research project will map these crossovers and use practice to speculate on new ways of articulating the tensions that can be identified between them.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Outline

The project sets out from the position that the social agency of photographic practices lie within maintaining a ‘productive tension’ created by the photograph’s paradoxical roles of documentation and the aesthetic abstraction of events or moments.

One means of considering this productive tension, this paradoxical double function is through an exploration of the subversive and transgressive qualities of the literary genre, ‘Magical Realism.’ It is the oxymoronic ambiguity of the term Magical Realism that makes it so useful in discussing photographic practice. The productive tension created by the photograph’s indexical relationship to its referent and its abstraction into imagery is equivalent to Magical Realism’s inherent inclusion of contradictory elements.

It can be seen that both Photography and Magical Realism explores the impact fiction has on reality, reality on fiction and the reader’s role in between; as such, it is well suited maintaining a space for debate and drawing attention to social or political criticism

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Outline

This practice-based research project examines contemporary photographic art, exploring materiality, object making and interrogating the surface of the digital, whether on screen or in print, including laser-cutting and 3D sculptural printing.

Theory based or curatorial research projects could examine contemporary photographers work alongside an interrogation of materiality, object and print.

Candidates will ideally engage with practice of making through photography and cross overs with other art practices, like installation or sculpture. They will read into a wide area of the theory and literature, including on materiality, digital photography, philosophy and aesthetics

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

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Outline

When an innovation is inspired by design, it transcends technology and utility. Human centred design, brings innovation by seamlessly integrating the physical object, a service, and its use into something whole. A design-driven innovation is so simple that it becomes an extension of the user, creating meaning and a new language.

This area of research takes a unique look at the intersection between design and innovation, and explores the novel ways in which designers are contributing to the development of products and services from the comprehension of subtle and unspoken dynamics in socio-cultural models. The research will cover multiple sectors across different disciplines and is likely to focus on new product development, breakthrough innovation and disruptive innovation

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Design thinking is increasingly being used to address the biggest challenges society is currently facing: as such design can be a powerful driver for sustainable change.

This research is likely to involve multiple case studies across different disciplines and in particular examine aspects of sustainability and innovation in new product development.

In this research candidates are expected to approach sustainability issues and offer a radically new set of strategies to attain sustainability by challenging conventional ways of defining, designing and producing functional objects, materials and services.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

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Outline

The field of medical textiles is an extensive and constantly evolving area and presents a multitude of opportunities that can be addressed with innovative textiles for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, and injury. The use of technical textiles and fibrous materials are already prevalent in the healthcare sector, from a simple wipe, to a complex composite structure used for bone replacement, but continual development in both healthcare and materials technology provides a need for study and research to enable the market to benefit from new innovations.

Areas of application for medical textiles in the current market include implantable materials/tissue engineering (artificial ligaments etc), non-implantable materials (wound dressings, hygiene products, ostomy pouches), healthcare environment materials (surgical gowns, materials to reduce healthcare associated infection (HAI)), as well as assistive and therapeutic technologies. There are a multitude of research projects on medical textiles and many of them are in collaboration with other schools in the university

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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This research would investigate the relationships / tensions across new forms of female visibility in the expanding urban metropolis in the 1920s. It will investigate modernity in the aesthetics of style, clothing, art, architecture, and design and consider how these forms influence each other during this period.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Taking influence from the new materialist turn across the disciplines with thinkers such as Karen Barad, Donna Haraway, Isabelle Stengers and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, for example, this project engages with the ways in which material states, objects, processes and forms (cultural, artistic, technological) intra-act.

We welcome engagements from a range of theoretical, methodological and practice perspectives (e.g. artistic research, practice-led, humanities, social scientific, etc.) but with the specific aim of addressing one of the following themes, or object of your own investigation:

  1. Molecular Materialities
  2. Neurological, Physiological and Psychic Imaginings
  3. Contexts/Environments (macro and micro-scale interactions) across time and space.

For those specialising in artistic research, we are particularly interested in the channels through which new insights may be generated through materially-discursive practices of meaning-making. How might form and image re-think existing and emergent phenomena and with what effects?

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Repetition is ubiquitous across all fields of human endeavour from clinical scientific enquiry to daily routine. It is well contextualised through philosophical consideration from Plato’s mimesis through to postmodern simulacra and beyond. It also has a chore position within visual art practice, it may for example be generative, accumulative or definitive of a limit or failure. Repetition is implicitly linked to time, temporality, recurrence and in Nietzschean terms to ‘this moment’. It can disrupt and disperse authorship through transient forms of presentation, (including the viewer) or equally claim its own authorship through procedural systems of production.

This practice based research will consider how repetition may operate through contemporary art practice, either towards its conception, process, presentation or form. The form of practice is open to the researcher’s specialism (sculpture, painting, performance, film, photography etc or a combination of). The aim is to classify more clearly the differing modes of repetition as identified through visual art practice and what implications this may have for the object of art.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Projects that identify specific 'objects' of investigation and seek to engage a materially discursive practice of writing in, with and through them, using new materialisms, transdisciplinary avenues of enquiry and situated/embedded research.

Such 'objects'/phenomena may be related to: Environmental shifts/climates of change Materials and materialities in practice Conceptual formations and processes of transformation Visual/Material and Cultural histories of objects and their curatorial/heritage contexts

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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This research topic invites applicants to consider how photography may be used as a tool for both exploration and dissemination, in short, photography as practice-based research. Themes relevant to this area might include: the politics of complexity of nature, landscape and the identity of place. How is photography used in these kinds of research investigations, particularly photography's potential in visual storytelling, from multimedia installations to photobooks? Applications might also consider the potential in cross-disciplinary research and multimedia/space presentation (i.e. from a physical space to a virtual space.)

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Outline

If ‘the chief distinctive feature of play lies in the fact that it does not directly assist the processes essential for the support of life’, then all art embodies play (Plekhanov, 1899).

Art practice and gallery visiting have been discussed in the context of ‘play’ by cultural theorists, art historians and artists alike. Nicolas Bourriaud asserts that, ‘artistic activity is a game’ (2002), while Michael Baxandall states that each of the three elements essential to the artistic encounter – the artist, artwork and viewer – ‘is playing […] a different game in the field’ (1991).

Since the 1960s art has continued to challenge the viewer in their role as mere beholder, encouraging playful interaction between artist, artwork and audience. This study invites candidates to consider the ways in which we encounter and engage with art, the extent to which this relationship is mediated through an artwork's materiality and manner of display, and the playful as well as arguably labour-intensive processes that might determine how and why we engage with particular artworks.

Suggested areas for consideration include works which purposely problematise their relationship with an audience/viewer, instances where the artwork-audience relationship is made to acknowledge its own playful performativity, concepts of ‘anti-display’, artistic engagement as journey, pilgrimage or game, the significance of the chance or unexpected encounter, instances where engaging with art might be seen to pivot between the incidental and intentional, notions of 'visual-collecting', fetishistic art-viewing.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Positive Deviance refers to a behavioural and social change approach which is premised on the observation that in any context, certain individuals confronting similar challenges, constraints, and resource deprivations to their peers, will nonetheless employ uncommon but successful behaviours or strategies which enable them to find better solutions.

This research is likely to involve multiple case studies and in particular examine aspects of positive deviance and innovation in new product development. Through the study of these “positive deviants” as an approach to innovative solutions, candidates are likely to provide insights and make novelty contributions in transdisciplinary research to challenges that may be identified and refined from their outlying behaviour.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Outline

Using a device to keep track of everyday life is called self-tracking. Monitoring your geolocation, social habits, diet, steps walked, heart rate, and more, is an ever-present activity in the 21st century. These increasingly intimate data practices are a significant motif of contemporary culture that crave more innovative perspectives of analysis.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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The role of the art director – historically a figure who works in between the editor and the designer of a publication – is too often overlooked. Besides questioning the reasons why this has occurred, the present project seeks to actively redefine both the past and future role of the art director.

Primarily, this will be in two ways: firstly, by closely examining a number of key existing publications, including “Portfolio”, “Assemblage” and “Fantastic Man”; and secondly, the prospective researcher participating in the new high profile publication series “EP” developed by Professor Alex Coles in partnership with the leading arts publisher Sternberg Press in Berlin.

Case Studies Include: Alexey Brodovitch, Portfolio, Will Holder, F.R.David, Fantastic Man

Funding

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This study invites researchers to examine what it means to encounter and/or engage with art, and to be a 'cultural consumer' in a world where art is increasingly accessed and engaged with in ways other than through conventional museum or gallery visiting. Potentially exploring digital, participatory, dialogic, participatory and co-productive means of engaging with art, this research might consider the appropriateness of terms such as 'audience', 'viewer' and 'public(s)' to describe contemporary relationships between individuals and artworks.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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Practice-led research engaging in a practical and theoretical analysis of how walking and narrative interact in physical, virtual and psychological realms, an interaction vital for defining space. Exploring a self- initiated physical and artistic residency of the mind is both central to the methodology of the research. The research situates the past in the present, a shared affective experience. The research also addresses the relationship between expanded drawing methods and narrative representation.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

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The School of Art, Design and Architecture, home to award-winning staff members at the University of Huddersfield, fosters the next generation of creative researchers as part of a dynamic and interactive learning community enabling postgraduate students to nurture and develop their talents. The School has approximately 100+ research students, from a growing number of different nationalities. We particularly welcome transdisciplinary working.

You will be welcomed into a vibrant postgraduate research community housed within our new Barbara Hepworth Building. Opened in 2019, the building is located on the University campus overlooking the picturesque Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It is an environment equipped with state of the art facilities and spaces for collaborative thinking and exchange. The building has a dedicated postgraduate suite for our research students.

You will find listed on this course finder page several ‘research topics’ which have been designed by experienced PhD supervisors. It may be that you are interested in pursuing an aspect of one of these projects, so do please consider approaching the named academic to discuss your ideas in further detail.

You may also want to design a PhD project of your own. We very much welcome applications in the following broad research areas:


• Art History and Theory
• Costume Studies
• Creative Pattern Cutting and Technologies
• Cultural Leadership and Public Engagement
• Design Pedagogy
• Digital Design, Digital Media Arts and 3D Animation
• Fashion Ecology, Economics and Business Engagement
• Fashion Retail and Social Media
• Graphics and Publishing
• Photography
• Sculpture Studies
• Serious Games for Education and Healthcare
• Textile Crafts and Textile Futures
• Transdisciplinary research in art and design

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area.. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

If you would like further guidance about undertaking postgraduate study within the School of Art, Design and Architecture, or to seek advice about writing a project proposal as part of your application, do please make contact with our postgraduate administration team for further information: sadapgradmin@hud.ac.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.

Research Enviroment

We provide a supportive and vibrant research environment for postgraduate researchers (PGRs). Researchers at all levels are encouraged to contribute and collaborate. The Graduate School ensures that postgraduate research is of the highest quality and equips you with the resources that you need to become a successful researcher.

We have an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. This enables you to broaden your knowledge and access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing you to benefit from Vitae support as well as our own Programme.

We offer skills training through a programme designed to take advantage of technology platforms as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via Brightspace, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. We also subscribe to the University of East Anglia webinar series and The Good Doctorate video training series. We are part of the North West and Yorkshire PGR Training Group that allows PGRs to attend relevant training opportunities at other nearby universities.

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