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PhD Studentship: Graphic Design History

University of Reading - Typography & Graphic Communication

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Reading
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per year in 2018/19
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th July 2018
Closes: 21st August 2018

Project title:  Charles Mozley (1914–1991): artist, illustrator, printmaker, and designer

Supervisors: Dr Rob Banham and Professor Rick Poynor

Start date: October 2018 or January 2019

Project Overview  

This project will explore the life and work of Charles Mozley (1914–1991), driven by an investigation of the archive of over 2500 items held by the Charles Mozley estate. The holdings comprise works in a variety of mediums – oil, watercolour, gouache, chalk, and lithography – and graphic design and illustration for books, book jackets, and posters. The research will explore Mozley’s approaches to art, design, and illustration, and how these were linked to his friendships, relationships, character, and joie de vivre. It will also consider his work in the wider context of changes in the design industry either side of WW2 from ‘commercial art’ to ‘graphic design’ and of the work of his contemporaries, particularly those in his immediate circle.

After studying painting and drawing in Sheffield, Mozley won a national scholarship and moved to London to study at the RCA, where he graduated in 1937. Before WWII he was commissioned as a poster artist by Frank Pick and Jack Beddington for London Transport and Shell. Arguably his extensive work as a ‘commercial artist’ affected his attempts to establish a reputation as an artist, but this did not prevent him from continuing to produce paintings and prints, and to exhibit his work. [See for a more detailed overview of Charles Mozley’s career.]

Cataloguing of the Mozley Archive will take place at the University of Reading during the project, and the research will have access both to the original materials for study, and to the catalogue of works as it develops. There will be scope for the successful candidate to develop the project in a variety of ways, but the research is expected to cover all areas of Charles Mozley’s activities. Specific research questions are likely to be concerned with his working methods, and his personal and professional relationships


  • Applicants should hold a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelors Degree and an MA in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience.

Funding details   

Funding will cover three years of full-time study with the possibility for a further 6 months to work on a monograph and/or exhibition. Funding will cover:

  • Tuition fees
  • Maintenance award at RCUK rates (£14,777 per year in 2018/19)
  • £500/year additional travel bursary from the Mozley Estate

How to apply 

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Typography to the University – see

Your proposal (maximum 4 pages) should explain how you would approach the project, and what you would bring to it.

Please quote the reference TY-Mozley in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.

Application deadline: 21 August (interviews to be held week beginning 3 September)

Further details: For further details please contact Dr Rob Banham ( / 0118 378 6399).

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