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If you are interested in Doctoral Study in Art and Design in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton we would love to hear from you.

We supervise students in both theory and practice-led research.

Art & Design research at the Wolverhampton School of Art, which was founded in 1851, takes place in the CADRE research centre (Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation). Established in 2006, CADRE's overarching concern lies in the effect of art and design upon society. We have supervisory capacity in the following areas:

Art, Philosophy and Social Practice - led by Professor John Roberts

  • Social and Political Theory - critique of post-colonialism; diaspora politics; race, caste and class; theories of violence; post-60s critiques of mass culture.
  • Cultural Theory - post-60s radical film; music and machine aesthetics (post-rock and noise music); cultural politics of voodoo and folklore; theories of the spectacle and simulacrum.
  • Philosophy - Politics and phenomenology of sleep; theories of realism; dialectics and negation; philosophy of art.
  • Art theory and practice - art and social engagement (relational, post-relational, communal and participatory practices); post-conceptualism; Deleuze and painting; the historic and contemporary avant-garde; photography and digitalization; curating as social practice.

Supervisors available: Prof John Roberts, Dr Alexei Penzin, Dr Francesco Paradiso, Dr Euripides Altintzoglou, Dr Su Fahy, Dr Louise Fenton, Dr Simon Harris.

Material and Theoretical Practice - led by Professor Fiona Hackney

  • Cross-disciplinary Hybrid Practices - fashion and textiles; enhancing sustainability and wellbeing; the development of craft practices in relation to contemporary digital developments and their reception by and impact on communities.
  • The Politics of Ornament and Erosion - methodological and conceptual approaches of marginality; notions of negation and failure in artistic practice through the subversive potential of feminine and ornament; the alienation of the mundane object; material explorations of erosion, experiences of loss, and the obsolete.

Supervisors available: Prof Fiona Hackney, Dr Christian Mieves, Dr Max Stewart, Dr Jane Webb, Dr Jane Cooksey.

For more details of CADRE members' particular areas of research expertise and interest, please contact the Centre's Director, Professor Dew Harrison.

To enquire about a possible PhD project, please complete a PhD Initial Enquiry Form. Alternatively, you can submit a full Expression of Interest directly via our Making Your Application page. If accepted, you will receive a conditional offer with a request to submit a research proposal and attend an interview to expand on your proposal. Start dates are available on the first of each month.

Should your area of interest involve any aspect of learning and teaching in the arts, you may wish to locate your study within the Arts Learning and Teaching Research (ALTR) Group. Topic areas include: arts education, art as research in learning and teaching, pedagogy and andragogy, applied arts and health/community learning, drama and theatre education, music education and applied arts research. Please contact Professor Ross Prior for more information.

International Scholarship

We are pleased to announce a new scholarship to support international students.The Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship will be available to new overseas students starting on a full-time undergraduate or PhD course from September 2019. Eligible international students who are coming to study at the University's UK campuses will be awarded £1,000 in their first year. More details and terms and conditions >>


Funding Notes

If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme or taught postgraduate programme to a postgraduate research course.

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