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Centre for Design History


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About the Programme

The Centre for Design History applies a cross-disciplinary perspective to understand how design in all its forms has shaped things, spaces and actions across time.

Our approach extends to other arts and humanities, the social sciences, engineering, health, and community engagement. We aim to develop wide social and economic impact via our links with the cultural sector, particularly museums and art galleries, government and voluntary sectors and, crucially, creative businesses. Our research makes an important contribution to cultural life and wellbeing.

Research at the University of Brighton in Design History has pioneered new methods of analysis and practices of interpretation to transform understandings of how design is produced, marketed and consumed.

We welcome research student applications related to design history particularly in areas related to the Centre's research themes:

  • Transnational design histories
  • Design and the economy
  • Fashion and dress histories
  • Graphic design history
  • History, and museums, archives and exhibitions.

For more information about our research centre, visit the Centre for Design History website.

To discuss opportunities with our Centre Director, email Professor Jeremy Aynsley: 

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Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.
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