Art and Design MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge

January 2018, April 2017, September 2017

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MPhil: 1-2 years (Full-time), 2-4 years (Part-time).

PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2 to 5 years (Full time), 3 to 6 years (Part-time).

PhD: 2 to 5 years (Full-time), 3 to 6 years (Part-time).


Distance-learning supervision available on this course.


This course is located in the Cambridge School of Art. Find out more about our research.

Overview

Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your own interests in art and design, supported by the expertise of our staff.

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Full description

Supervision and support

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You’ll be supervised and supported by staff who have published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Our staff’s expertise includes:

Will Hill: type, lettering and the use of visual language in a wide range of contexts across the applied and the fine arts, including work on vernacular lettering in eastern Europe, the design of experimental display typefaces and research on revivals and historic references in type design.

Jon Melton: categorising and contextualising of display and ornamented types of the nineteenth  century; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century applied arts, furniture, interiors and architecture.

Tim Kobin: the relationship between narrative and design.

Wendy Moody: fashion design, visualisation and art with neuroscience, psychology, consumer behaviour, retail and psychology.

Mark Hart: the interplay between mathematics, technology and materials, principally concentrating on 3D construction.

Tina Burton: artistic practice that incorporates physical technology, interactive installations, 2D game design (particularly for children), and theories of new media practice.

Nicholas Jeeves: design fictions and futures, historical learning and teaching methodologies as applied to contemporary art and design education.

Where you'll research

Your department and faculty

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Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.

Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.

We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.

Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.

We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

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Specialist facilities

You’ll have the chance to work in our printmaking and sculpture workshops, photography dark rooms, life drawing studio, and computer suites for video production and digital imaging. You’ll also have access to four Mac suites with Adobe Creative Suite software, plus high-quality 27-inch monitors, as well as the University of Cambridge Library, our own campus library, Ruskin Gallery (our professional digital art gallery that shows touring exhibitions of international standing as well as student work), and local art galleries like Kettle's Yard.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£4,195

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£11,900

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

£2,098

PhD by Published Work, 2017/18 (Initial registration)

£1,100

PhD by Published Work, 2017/18 (Full registration)

£3,500

Writing up, 2017/18 (full-time)

£1,350

Writing up, 2017/18 (part-time)

£850

UK, EU & International 2017/18 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000

£1,000

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Funding

For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

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Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.

Careers

We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, and encourage you to get involved with external activities like exhibiting, curating, conference organisation and giving papers.

In conjunction with University research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.

Contact details

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If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email the Research Convener paul.marris@anglia.ac.uk or
alsspgr-recruitment@anglia.ac.uk

Entry requirements

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MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.

PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.

Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.

If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

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