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Art and Design Research

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Profile Description

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.

To apply you must complete a PhD enquiry form. 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 in all months of the year.

Although we are not currently offering bursaries for PhD study, we can supervise students in both theory and practice-led research.
Art and Design research at the Wolverhampton School of Art takes place in the Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation (CADRE) where we offer supervision in the following areas:


  • Art, Society and Social Practice (Social and Political Theory, Cultural Theory, Philosophy, Art theory and practice) - contact Professor John Roberts
  • Material and Theoretical Practice (Cross-disciplinary hybrid practices, studio practice in painting, glass, ceramics and fashion) - contact Professor Fiona Hackney
  • Communication and Design (Graphic Design, Illustration, Branding and Advertising) - contact Dr Jane Webb.

Founded in 2006, CADRE has a rich academic antecedence that goes back to 1992, the establishment of degree study in Art & Design at The Wolverhampton Art School, itself established in 1851. The Centre has submitted research to every RAE and REF since the inception of national research evaluation in the UK almost 25 years ago. Centre members have substantial experience of supervising and examining PhDs in the UK and elsewhere.

CADRE has an extensive network of links with the regional, national and international academic community as well as with the non-academic sector within and beyond the UK. The Centre encourages its doctoral students to be outward-facing and to contribute to these communities both within and outwith the Faculty of Arts.

For general questions concerning Art & Design research, contact the CADRE Director: Professor Dew Harrison.

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.

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