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PhD Studentship - School of Communication Design

University for the Creative Arts

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Farnham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: See advert text for details
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th December 2018
Closes: 21st March 2019

In the context of new forms of propaganda, precarious futures, and massive tensions across intersecting local and global contexts, our inextricability from designed environments presents serious challenges for Communication Design. These include developing critical and meaningful ways to articulate and forge cultural change; working with, through, and against the most innovative technologies; operating within the complexities of a world increasingly riven with difference and conflict.

The School of Communication Design is committed to supporting and developing research of the highest quality through design practice and theory across disciplines, where the role of design is valued as a central tool for social change. Our research and practice reflects this dynamism – we are interested in both traditional and emerging approaches to practice; we encourage curiosity, invention, risk and play in the pursuit of creative solutions.

We are currently accepting applications for a studentship in the MPhil/PhD in Communication Design at University for the Creative Arts, starting in 2019–20.

All elements of the MPhil/PhD are considered sites of intervention, experimentation, and investigation, and we encourage you to develop your research across practical and theoretical domains.  Particular areas of research explored and supported by the school include:

  • Political theory, neoliberalism, race and coloniality, the politics of design;
  • Critical immersive experiences, extended senses, ethical and sustainable explorations of technology, interactive & performance interventions using emerging technologies (VR/AR/Mixed Reality), haptic interfaces, wearables and smart / e-textiles;
  • Memory, vernacular photography and its practices, material culture, methodological approaches to the archive and the act of collecting, open source, evidence, material culture, the familiar, temporality, reappropriation, anonymity, authenticity;
  • Principles of design and typography, graphic information, symbol systems, museum design;
  • Visual communication, design and architectural history, discourses, mediation, popular culture, criticism and design, writing and design;
  • Non-linear narrative, responsive interfaces and environments, networked communities, interactive art curating, experimental music & performance, feminism and digital representation, serious games;
  • Relationships between emerging and traditional technology, experimental and speculative design processes;
  • The Intersection of video game studies, screen studies and critical Theory, embodiment and gaming cultures.

We are able to offer a studentship award in the form of a fee waiver for students with interests in advancing their studies in these areas. Awards may be made for full or part-time study to Home or EU and will be made to the value of the Home/EU full-time fee rate.

Further information about our research degrees and entry requirements can be found at For an information pack and application form please email quoting “Communication Design” in the title of the email.

Application deadline: Friday 21 March 2019

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