Art and Design (PhD)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20)

Join the next generation of creative researchers in a dynamic and interactive research community designed to nurture and develop your talent with access to industry-standard facilities and practices.

Start date

17 September 2018

7 January 2019

29 April 2019

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time PhD is 3 years (36 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

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

Places available (subject to change)

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473969

The research degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme 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 full-time PhD is a three year full time or six year part time programme of research, culminating in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 40,000 words. Alternatively in the art and design subject where the submission is accompanied by material in other than written form, the written commentary should normally be a minimum of 10,000 words.

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

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, 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

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages.

Inspired Huddersfield 2018


You're invited to Inspired Huddersfield 2018, our two-week festival celebrating art, design and architecture through a graduate showcase, research-focussed events, public lectures and networking sessions led by industry professionals and esteemed academics hosted throughout the University of Huddersfield campus and Huddersfield town.

Postgraduate Study Fair


Come along to our Postgraduate Study Fair, Thursday 21st June, 11am – 2pm and discover all your postgraduate study and research options.

What can I research?

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

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/

Eligibility

A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

Supervisors

How to apply

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/

Eligibility

A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

This project seeks to explore the distributive network of non-gallery exhibition spaces within specific regional centres as a means of engaging community participation in creative endeavours. In particular, it seeks to engage with the property sector, local councils and other medium enterprise premises towards the goal of transformation of the immediate local environment.

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/

Eligibility

A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

As a result of increasing demands for superior functionality from textiles, the sophistication of textile finishes and finishing operations has tremendously increased over the last few decades. New types of finishing are being developed to provide novel effects such as fragrance finishes, well-being finishes, bionic finishes, as well as finishing for smart textiles, medical textiles etc. Parallel to the search for novel finishes, existing finishes (and application techniques) are constantly being scrutinised to ensure that processing is as efficient as possible from technical, economical, and ecological perspectives. Textile finishing can be expected to remain a highly valuable tool which can significantly enhance the value of the finished textile product. The same applies for the dyeing processes as well. Alongside researching for novel dyeing and finishing chemicals and processes, projects in these domains will critically analyse the dyeing and finishing operations within the textile Industry and find novel environmentally superior techniques for achieving the same or superior functionality e.g. by using plasma technology.

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/

Eligibility

A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

Supervisors

How to apply

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/

Eligibility

A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

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/

Eligibility

A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

Supervisors

How to apply

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 inter and multidisciplinary research. Applications are welcome in, but not limited to, the following 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

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.

Research community

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research support

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. The Researcher Skills Development Programme supports our researchers to broaden their knowledge, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. It’s important to develop transferable personal and professional skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing researchers at the University of Huddersfield 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 UniLearn, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

In addition, the School of Art, Design and Architecture run their own research training programme, offering specific skill/ practice based support in research methodology. These sessions will largely be accessible live via the web, and recorded for access at a later date via UniLearn.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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