The 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.
Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time), 2-4 years (part-time). PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time), 3-6 years (part-time). PhD: 2-5 years (full-time), 3-6 years (part-time).
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 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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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.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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.
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