Our PhD programme encourages individual, practice led research projects that explore aspects of the art of children’s book illustration from the perspective of high-level practice. We look for research proposals that are informed by personal practice and demonstrate an ambition to examine an area or aspect of children’s book illustration through a combination of creative and theoretical enquiry. Using your personal creative practice as a research tool, you’ll produce distinctive contributions to the growing knowledge pool in this area.
All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship. You’ll also have access to many exhibition and conference opportunities.
At Cambridge School of Art, you’ll be part of a vibrant and growing community of researchers at PhD level. We provide various research forums that accentuate the discursive and interdisciplinary nature of research, including research clusters that hold regular seminars and informal presentations for postgraduate and research students, as well the Centre for Children's Book Studies.
You’ll benefit from our strong industry links with many children’s book publishers, as well as Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Kettle’s Yard, and the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) and the Centre for Children’s Literature at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
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You’ll be supervised and supported by staff who have published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Our expertise includes:
Professor Martin Salisbury: practice and theory of children's book illustration. Co-author of Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling (Laurence King, 2010), winner of the UKLA Academic Book Award 2013; author of Play Pen: New Children's Book Illustration(Laurence King, 2007) and Illustrating Children's Books (A&C Black, 2004).
Pam Smy: narrative drawing, history and contemporary use of black and white artwork, the lyrical and natural. Illustrator of The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling, 2013), Lob by Linda Newberry (David Fickling, 2010) and Follow the Swallow by Julia Donaldson (Egmont, 2007).
Mick Gowar: contextual studies, creative writing and images, folklore and fairytales, storytelling, and the history and practice of creative writing. Principal investigator of theWorld Wide Story Web project, developing resources to encourage children to tell stories using digital means.
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PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Initial registration): £1,000PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Full registration): £3,200UK, EU & International 2016/17 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000: £1,000
There are a number of ways in which you can obtain external funding for doctoral research, from the full-time awards granted by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) to smaller grants available from a range of grant-awarding bodies. Our programme periodically offers fully funded and fees-only fellowships and, from time to time, Departmental bursaries are awarded to candidates showing exceptional potential. In addition to these, our programme has a Postgraduate Fund to which students can apply for help with travelling expenses, conference fees, and other research needs. We offer advice on external and internal funding to any interested candidates for our PhD degree.
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