PhDs in Arts, Design & Architecture

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Design degrees focus on fundamental aspects of design activity, from comprehension and methodology to values and philosophy. Design is often the first step before executing a certain product that has to follow certain aesthetic features and also respond to certain customers’ needs. Students enrolled in a Bachelor or Master in Design will learn to define the particularities of a certain object or concept, shape, size, colour, environment, costs, functionalities, utility, constraints, etc.

The use and attributes of design are becoming more and more diversified and are nowadays present in many different business sectors, from architecture and civil engineering, to organizational and human behaviour. A designer may work in different fields of activity such as: fashion design, interior design, graphic design, industrial design, web design and more. Students will be equipped with illustration skills as they have to be able to develop original ideas and concepts, as well as technical capabilities. They will also develop research and planning skills – in order to set a strategy for approaching each project, creativity and attention to detail.

Although most graduates of design work in media, advertising or software technology, other popular career options include: exhibition designer, interior designer, landscape architect, multimedia specialist, fashion designer and more.

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Suggested PhDs in Design

PDEng Process and Product Design

The program Process and Product Design from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a two-year Designer's program consisting of one year of curricular work and one year involving an individual design project carried out in collaboration with industry. All courses in the program are taught in English.

Netherlands
Ph.D. Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University has a proud tradition of research excellence, and is committed to providing the highest quality of graduate research education. By undertaking your graduate studies at Monash, you will have the opportunity to be part of our stimulating, supportive and professional research environment.

Australia
Doctorate Architecture (Design)

Students in this course undertake a program of individually supervised research leading to the presentation of an exhibition of architectural design that is equivalent in scope to the fully developed design of a building of major cultural significance.

Australia