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Design knowledge, process and expertise in Typography and Graphic Design

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  • Full or part time
    Mr M Harkins
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited to a three year PhD studentship at the Centre for Art, Architecture and Design at the University of Portsmouth.

Typography and Graphic Design are perceived as well defined subjects in terms of professional practice. However, many aspects of knowledge relating to practice within these subject areas still remain unexplored or unexplained. Often referred to as tacit knowledge, the knowledge that a designer draws upon in the process of designing is little understood in relative terms. Methodology and opinion are also often mistaken for theory in relation to way in which design knowledge in these discrete subject areas is articulated.

We would welcome PhD applications in the areas of Typography and/or Graphic Design with a focus on design process, design knowledge and/or design expertise. We are particularly interested in applications that seek to address enquiry the areas of epistemology and expertise in relation to Typography and/or Type Design. Proposals are welcomed that focus on philosophical, theoretical and/or historical perspectives, as well as practice based or practice-led forms of enquiry.

How to apply:
Applications for the studentships should include:
• a full CV including personal details, qualifications, educational history and, where applicable, any employment or other experience relevant to the application
• contact details for TWO referees able to comment on your academic performance
• a statement of 1,000 words outlining your suitability for the specific studentship selected.

Applications can be submitted electronically to:
[Email Address Removed]

or by post to:
CCi Admissions, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth, Mercantile House, Hampshire Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 2EG

Funding Notes

University tuition fees for home/EU students will be fully covered. Home/EU applicants are eligible for full fee funding; overseas applicants will be expected to pay for the fee difference between international and home/EU students.



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