Art and Design (PhD)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19, 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

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 471072

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.

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

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/

Supervisors

How to apply

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/

Supervisors

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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/

Supervisors

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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

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/

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Outline

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/

Supervisors

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Outline

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/

Supervisors

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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/

Supervisors

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Outline

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

This project seeks to use an expanded definition of technology enhanced Tapestry to engage local communities and their collective memories to render visible those fugitive histories and archives in danger of disappearance.

Funding

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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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Outline

This study will determine if there is evidence to support patients and staff gaining therapeutic benefits from textiles as art installations within healthcare environments. In addition to a literature review, the research will involve case studies examining responses to existing textile installations in the healthcare sector, formulating a typology of criteria to inform the design of a therapeutic textile artefact by the researcher. The artefact will be developed in negotiation with a UK healthcare trust and its efficacy tested via a range of measures in one or more healthcare environments. During the research user engagement via staff and patient participation in the design process may be implemented if the initial case study data suggests this should be an integral component of the design methodology. Based on data collated from the case studies and artefact testing, guidelines for the design of therapeutic textile installations in healthcare contexts will be developed.

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/

Supervisors

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Outline

The design of building environments to provide comfort often requires the use of space conditioning systems (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) with consequential use of energy. It is known that occupants react differently to sealed and more naturally conditioned spaces and that their perceptions of comfort also vary.

Many studies of comfort focus on air temperature and humidity however other environmental factors such as air movement and radiant temperature also have impacts – sometimes subtle and sometimes more significant – particularly when moving from one location to another in a building.

This project would attempt to assess the impact of those factors and build the concept of building environmental variability into a better understanding of comfort and building occupants. Applicants should have good knowledge and/or experience of one of the following areas: environmental design/building design; construction science; building services; architectural technology; or a related area

Funding

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

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Outline

User perceptions and responses to interfaces, process, and services are highly valuable in several areas of design. Not surprisingly, the interest in User Experience Design (UX Design) has risen dramatically in commercial products, system, service, interior design and the architectural environment in the last few years. As a result, UX knowledge has increased chances of employability in the design sector and it has been largely studied in multidisciplinary contexts. MA and PhD candidates under this research topic will be able to explore product interfaces, systems, services, interior design and architectural environment, applying UX, inclusive design and design thinking methods, along with more traditional qualitative design methods. Research on this topic contributes to new analytical frameworks, design guidelines, and new designs that enable potential users to use a product, system or service adequately.

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/

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. The School has approximately 100+ research students, from a growing number of different nationalities. We particularly welcome inter, cross, multi and transdisciplinary research. Applications are welcome in, but not limited to, the following research areas:

Art and Communication


• Art History and Cultural Theory
• Artistic Research and Curation
• Graphics and Publishing
• Photography History, Theory and Practice
• Sculptural Thinking and Practice
• Practice-led Research in Creative Practice

Fashion and Textiles


• Costume Studies
• Creative Pattern Cutting and Technologies
• Fashion Ecology, Economics and Business Engagement
• Fashion Retail and Social Media
• Materials Science and Textile Technologies
• Textile Crafts and Textile Futures

Design


• Cultural Leadership and Public Engagement in Art and Design
• Design Pedagogy
• Digital Design, Digital Media Arts and 3D Animation
• Transdisciplinary Design
• Design Fiction/Design 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 1,000 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 31% from overseas and 69% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff are directly involved in 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 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 methods. These sessions will largely be accessible live via the web, and recorded for access at a later date via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Student support

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