Doctorate Degrees in Design Studies

Compare 8 PhD Programs in Design Studies

Design Studies

Since a doctorate of philosophy is generally the highest possible educational achievement, students often expect to devote significant time to obtaining a PhD. Those who do often pursue top-level professional positions.

What is a PhD in Design Studies? Design studies programs typically afford students the opportunity to learn how to create both 2D and 3D designs. Depending on a participant’s interests, curriculum advisors recommend tailored courses of study. Generally, the first part of design programs involves learning design theory. Since the faculty usually includes artistic experts, students can develop a keen understanding of essential principles. Then, students usually learn how to apply concepts to create practical designs in a variety of media. Many courses culminate with participants creating portfolios they can use to seek professional employment.

Students who pursue a PhD in Design Studies acquire a significant number of skills. Among these are the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. Additionally, graduates learn how to think critically, providing the foundation for personal development and professional success.

The cost of a design studies program depends on the school a student chooses to attend. Responsible applicants often research tuition and fees before contacting admissions officials to discuss total costs.

Many who earn a PhD in Design Studies seek employment in the arts as professional illustrators and designers. Some, however, choose to become consultants, working with clients to enhance brand marketing efforts. Other graduates pursue employment in a corporate environment, working on developing products. Since PhD holders have reached the top of their discipline, some graduates choose to work in academia or the nonprofit sector. Likewise, many individuals decide to volunteer on arts boards and commissions.

You have several options for pursuing a PhD in Design studies. You may choose to take online classes or complete coursework in a conventional setting. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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PhD in Design, Technology & Society

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time September 2018 Turkey İstanbul

The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koc University welcomes applications for its Master and PhD in Design, Technology, and Society. [+]

PhD in Design, Technology & Society

Developments in current technology offer a wide range of opportunities for creative industries. There are eight fundamental fields in the global market where creative industry can grow: design, film production, music, animation, interactive media, computer games, digital advertisement, gastronomy and cultural heritage. Creative industries need scholars and professionals who can use interdisciplinary thinking skills to develop new approaches to the utilization of display technologies and digital products. All over the world, there is an expanding need for experts who can creatively manage the convergence of different communication platforms, who can analyze, anticipate and address the changing needs and expectations of individuals (as consumers or as citizens).... [-]


PhD in Architecture, Design, Planning

University of Camerino the international School of Advanced Studies
Campus Full time 3 years November 2018 Italy Camerino

Area: architecture, design, planning [+]

Area: architecture, design, planning Architecture, theories, and design Innovation design Sustainable urban planning

Teaching locations - Ascoli Piceno - Satellite site of Camerino University

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PhD in Machines and Equipment, Machine and Equipment Design

Technical University of Liberec
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Czech Republic Liberec

The doctoral study programme in Machines and Equipment Design is focused on independent scientific and research projects in the field of design of machines and equipment. Its aim is to produce highly-educated and creative graduates capable of taking part in scientific, research and professional activities. [+]

Programme Description

The doctoral study programme in Machines and Equipment Design is focused on independent scientific and research projects in the field of design of machines and equipment. Its aim is to produce highly-educated and creative graduates capable of taking part in scientific, research and professional activities. The Ph.D. candidates further extend and refine their knowledge of mathematics, physics and applied sciences in the theoretical foundation of the study discipline to be able to succeed in solutions of tasks in the fields of development and design, modeling and simulations of operations and design and performance of experiments.

The graduates are able to independently apply the mastered skills and the high level of theoretical knowledge provided in lectures and acquired through modern learning methods, e. g. calculations and experiments, for solving specific problems in the selected areas of the design of parts and mechanisms of machines, wheeled transport, handling machines, working and assembling machines, piston combustion engines, glass-making machines and robotics, textile machines and machines for production of nanofibres, equipment for thermal technologies and for technical diagnostics, etc. Furthermore, they are familiar with the research methods in the field of the design of machines and equipment and capable of critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis, thus able to discuss the results of their investigations and to extend the sum of the current knowledge in a professional way worth of publishing and sharing with other members of the professional community both in their country and abroad.... [-]


PhD Human Factors

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years April 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

Human factors research focuses on the multidisciplinary research spanning studies of the interaction between humans, machines, and technology to develop the products and systems that we use every day. [+]

PhD topics can cover many different fields within this discipline, for example, design, manufacturing, assembly, measurement, testing, and modeling.

This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a master's degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of around three years.

Facilities

Within the Human Factors Research Group (HFRG) we possess a wide range of technical facilities which are used for research and consultancy projects, as well as for teaching.The Usability and Ergonomics Laboratory constitutes a self-contained space containing a wide range of video and data capture equipment. As a result, we are able to conduct usability and ergonomics evaluation studies in which participants’ behavior can be observed and measured in a controlled fashion.The HFRG Transport Simulation Laboratory enables our research work to be conducted in a safe, controlled and cost-effective environment. This has been of specific importance in out transport-related work, where we currently possess hi-fidelity car, motorcycle, and train simulators.... [-]


PhD Architectural Design (Social Science)

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years April 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

This programme provides candidates an opportunity to develop an architectural thesis using design as a key component of the methodology exploring an approved topic of their own selection and definition. Whilst the design-based component of the project may be drawn, modeled, filmed, built, etc, candidates will be required to incorporate this research as an integral component of an accompanying written thesis. [+]

Good architecture embraces a holistic approach to design and as a consequence, the environmental strategies embodied within buildings present considerable challenges. They need to reconcile the often conflicting considerations of climate, building function and user expectation, while at the same time being mindful of energy-related carbon emissions.

Projects in environmental design typically reflect the integrated nature of these strategies and explore areas such as natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling, solar protection, fabric thermal storage, daylight and solar strategies and architectural acoustics. These are intrinsically linked to the tectonics of architecture and considerable potential exists to explore the opportunities offered where these overlaps occur, eg the environmental performance of facades, natural ventilation of high rise buildings, etc. Urban design is concerned with the city as a field of analysis and intervention.... [-]


Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture

Aalto University
Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

The Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture offers an international doctoral programme for those seeking careers in art, design, film, media or architecture. Studies leading to a doctoral degree can be taken in all research fields represented at the School. The normative time to take the degree for full-time doctoral students is four years. [+]

Doctoral studies in Arts, Design, and Architecture have been offered since the 1910's. From 1981 onwards the main degree has been the Doctor of Arts degree.

The Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture offers an international doctoral programme for those seeking careers in art, design, film, media or architecture. Studies leading to a doctoral degree can be taken in all research fields represented at the School. The normative time to take the degree for full-time doctoral students is four years.The special feature of the programme is that the dissertation can also include art or design productions. Department of Art, Department of Design, Department of Film, Television, and Scenography and Department of Media offer doctoral studies for Doctor of Arts degree.The Department of Architecture is the oldest and largest of the three departments of architecture in Finland. The first publication of a doctoral dissertation took place in 1921, and since then over fifty candidates have been awarded their doctoral degrees. Postgraduate degree studies are offered for Doctor of Science (Architecture) degrees.Doctoral education at the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture is internationally interactive, and the School encourages researcher mobility to foster the exchange of ideas, research collaboration, and career development. Annually approx. 15 Doctors of Arts and one or two Doctors of Science (Architecture) are graduating. The employment situation of the graduates is very good.The research database, ReseDa gives information about doctoral students and their research projects. You may browse the information by the individual researcher, unit or field... [-]


PhD in Visual Studies

Lingnan University
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Visual Studies at Lingnan is a stand-alone department focusing on the following core sub-disciplines: art history, cognitive film studies, and philosophical aesthetics. [+]

PhD in Visual Studies

Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time)

Place: Hong Kong

Visual Studies at Lingnan is a stand-alone department focusing on the following core sub-disciplines: art history, cognitive film studies, and philosophical aesthetics. The emphasis on philosophical aesthetics gives Visual Studies at Lingnan a unique profile, as does the emphasis on cognitive approaches to film, museum studies, art and well-being and Chinese art. For more information about our department, please visit http://www.ln.edu.hk/visual/.

Application Methods

Applicants may seek admission to the PhD programme in two ways as follows:

Lingnan is one of the universities which can nominate brilliant applicants for the Fellowship to be granted by the Research Grants Council (RGC) through the HKPFS. Each Fellowship awardee will be provided with HK$240,000/year (HK$20,000/month) and a conference/research-related travel allowance of up to HK$10,000/year for a maximum of 3 years. (US$1=HK$7.8).... [-]


PhD in Design Studies

Izmir University of Economics
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Turkey Balçova

Design Studies graduate program has been established with the aim of uniting all design disciplines in order to make these more creative by interacting. The program commenced its facilities in the 2006-2007 academic year, though advanced level research in Design Studies area is needed. That is why the doctoral program of Design Studies is going to admit students in the 2013-2014 academic year for the first time. [+]

Design Studies graduate program has been established with the aim of uniting all design disciplines in order to make these more creative by interacting. The program commenced its facilities in the 2006-2007 academic year, though advanced level research in Design Studies area is needed. That is why the doctoral program of Design Studies is going to admit students in the 2013-2014 academic year for the first time.

The priority of the program is to be creative in the design field. It is aimed to make further research and acknowledge the innovational updates on environmental design, interior architectural design, industrial design, fashion and textile design, visual communication design. That is why the curriculum of the program has many options in manners of the elective courses. Students may choose related elective courses for their individual research. As soon as the courses are completed, students start to write their doctoral theses after their qualification exam and thesis proposal. Design Studies doctoral program also allows students to accomplish conjunct doctoral studies.... [-]