From the exploration of consumer behaviours to the of things as a development in modern culture, our Creative Research Lab offers you the space to immerse yourself in the research and development work that will take your career in new directions.
Explore your own real-life projects or become involved in research community projects through industry standard briefs. We research on an international platform that connects with our network of commercial, government and third sector partners. Our commitment to PaR (Practice as Research) and Design Thinking as transformative approaches to design are central to the way in which our staff and students co-create new knowledge.
The DDes is a Professional Doctorate, equivalent and equal to a traditional PhD, which puts an emphasis on active learning and applied design based on underpinning research and skills. This offers researchers the opportunity to explore, study, test, and evaluate design thinking methods and apply them to a range of professional environments. Professional pathways can lead to further academic research; entrepreneurship or employment in the private, public or third sector as a designer, design strategist, art director or employment in further or higher education.
Researchers have the opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary context and experience peer feedback with colleagues from a range of areas via seminars, symposia and conferences. Our staff work in transdisciplinary supervisory teams with external experts to ensure that your research is supported at the highest level.
You will be encouraged to take your work outside the immediate context of the university. During your studies you are expected to dedicate time and effort to developing your network of contacts and aim to present your work in public and academic spaces.
Staff specialisms include:
- sustainable technology
- professional practice
- consumer behaviour
- applied graphic design
- graphic theory and practice
- design thinking
- the impact of visual communication strategies in public and commercial space
- applied graphic design
- Interior design
- ergonomics and anthropometrics
- the specification of Colour in the Built Environment.
- A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
- Candidates who do not possess a master’s degree that includes research methods training at an advanced level are required to complete research methods training
- All applicants will be interviewed to ascertain experience, aptitude and current level of innovation, creativity and critical thinking. The interview will also be an opportunity to identify an appropriate supervisory team
- EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component)
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Dr. Don Parker
Academic Subject Leader for Design
"Don has studied and worked in graphic design, illustration, advertising, marketing and communications and has worked internationally as a designer and educator. His doctorate on advertising and consumer behaviour theory, drew conceptually and directly on advertising practice in its investigation of the effects on advertisers and consumers at the same time. He is currently looking to support PhD candidates researching into graphic design, advertising, marketing and communications with an emphasis on PAR (Practice as Research) in Design."
Our Creative Research Lab offers you the space to immerse yourself in the research and development work that will take your career in new directions.
Research on an international platform that connects with our network of commercial, government and third-sector partners.
Our commitment to PaR (practice as research) and design thinking as transformative approaches to design is central to the way in which our staff and students co-create new knowledge.