PhDs in Arts, Design & Architecture

Arts, design and architecture include disciplines that deal with imagining, designing and creating objects that add to the cultural value of society. Art studies focus on developing creativity or technical skill that result in works of art that can be categorised into visual arts, performing arts, decorative arts, interactive media, and others. Activities such as art criticism, art history, or aesthetics are also included in the broad area of art. Activities such as painting, sculpting, photography, music, theatre, film are just a few examples of forms of art that can be studies in academic contexts.

Design studies ways of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimise the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the benefit of users. Architecture is concerned with the design and building of various constructions. Architecture is often considered one of the visual arts but, in addition to aesthetic elements, it also includes practical aspects related to the use of the designed objects.

Topics covered by arts, design and architecture degrees include: art history, visual arts, user experience design, interior design and landscape architecture.

Bachelors and Masters in Arts, Design and Architecture will equip students with visual creativity, drawing, painting, sculpting skills and the ability to integrate artistic theory in design processes. Students will also learn to express and communicate messages by using colours, artistic skill and technical knowledge.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

Education - Educational Technology & Design Education - Educational Technology & Design, Ph. D.
  • Any time
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Walden’s Ph.D. in Education program offers educators and administrators the opportunity to grow as scholars and innovators in higher education. Gain access to distinguished faculty members, ongoing support, and three learning formats, depending on your chosen specialization. Conduct original research in your area of interest, deepen your research skills, and prepare to contribute as an education leader, administrator, faculty member, or policymaker.

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Art History Art History, PhD
  • Any time
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The International Business School offers the DPhil (PhD) in Art History programme in English, leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. The programme requires an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

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Architecture and Planning Architecture and Planning, PhD
  • Feb 2017
  • Sep 2017
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The doctoral degree programme in Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein, very close to the borders of Switzerland, is geared to international standards and criteria. We build our reputation on education through research – and on education in research. Our aim is to develop and promote emerging researchers as an extension of the Master’s degree, and at other stages of their careers.

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Cornell University

Human Behavior and Design, PhD
  • Aug 2017
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The Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Design at Cornell University is a multidisciplinary program integrating the social sciences and design. Research focuses on environmental settings across a range of scales (from products to buildings to cities), that support safe, healthy and productive behaviors and foster sustainable design and lifestyles.

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Politecnico Di Milano

Design, PhD
  • Nov 2017
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The Design programme from the Politecnico Di Milanoaims at educating researcher-designers who will contribute original knowledge to the field of design by tackling the problems and identifying the potential of contemporary society.

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Brno University of Technology

Architecture and Urban Design, PhD
  • Sep 2017
  • EUR
  • 48 months

The primary goal of the study programme is to utilize the research skills on a specific issue, which the student chose from the list of doctoral topics as announced for each academic year. By solving the issue the student proves its self-reliance, familiarity with scientific work methodology, especially the problem analysis and synthesis of the findings and its creative application in the proposed solution.

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC)

Urbanism, PhD
  • Any time
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The main goal of the Doctoral Program is to offer the possibility of formation within the field of urbanistic research. For this reason, the program proposes rigorous analysis and academic reflection on themes, central to the history of urban planning and to current urbanism, to the forms of analysis and intervention in both regional and urban planning as well as in large scale architectural projects.

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Politecnico Di Milano

Urban Planning, Design, and Policy, PhD
  • Nov 2017
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The PhD Programme in Urban Planning, Design and Policy from the Politecnico Di Milano aims at providing analytical and interpretative tools, as well as research/planning/ design methodologies, able to produce further advancements both in terms of theories and practices, in the field of spatial and land use planning, urban design, urban policies and governance.

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Royal Academy of Art The Hague

PhD Arts, Doctorate
  • Any time
  • EUR
  • 48 months

PhDArts, a collaboration between Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) and the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK), is a high-level international doctorate programme in visual art and design. PhDArts functions as a platform for artists who regard theoretical reflection and artistic practice as intrinsically related and complementary.

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Cardiff University

Musical Acoustics, PhD
  • Jan 2018
  • Apr 2017
  • Jul 2017
  • Oct 2017
  • EUR
  • 36 months

This programme offers knowledge and expertise for a career in the academic world, industry or to pursue a variery of other opportunities in which a strong background in physics is useful and important.

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