Doctorate Degrees in Design

Compare 8 PhD Programs in Design

Students who wish to pursue a career in academia should consider earning a PhD. This is the typical way to enter this field as it represents the highest possible level of education. The process of earning a PhD involves intensive research, interacting with an expert in the field, and the development of an extensive thesis.

What is a PhD in Design? This field of study combines creativity with practical skills to form a versatile degree program. The specific areas you study will depend on which fields and disciplines relate to your personal goals. It is possible to study everything from painting or lighting to animation or graphic design. Design programs are commonly separated into creative and marketing categories. Regardless of what you choose to study, you will most likely study art history and aesthetics.

The field of design applies to nearly any discipline, which provides the students who study it many benefits. During their studies, they typically develop strong organizational skills, mastery over certain design principles, and management abilities.

Before enrolling in a PhD program, it’s best to research how much it will cost. Every variable from the country you are in to the school you choose will determine tuition. Remember that PhD programs tend to require a minimum of two years, with three or four being more common.

A PhD in Design allows graduates to pursue careers in academics. This means some of the most common careers are college professor and researcher. While it is true that most students who earn a PhD do so specifically to become one of these kinds of professionals, it is also possible to hold more traditional positions, such as a design manager, marketing consultant, interior designer, or others. It is also possible to work independently in whichever creative discipline you prefer. Additionally, many professionals hold teaching and design careers in tandem.

To get started, begin researching which kind of program meets your needs. 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 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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Design PhD

IADE
Campus 3 years September 2018 Portugal Lisbon

The Design Ph.D. is essentially oriented towards the Thesis which students start working on from day one. It is also a Doctorate based on an understanding of what it means to be a Designer and what Designing is. [+]

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The Design Ph.D. is essentially oriented towards the Thesis which students start working on from day one. It is also a Doctorate based on an understanding of what it means to be a Designer and what Designing is.

At IADE, students have the opportunity to study and research design with designers by profession and to be a part of a reputable Design Research Unit - UNIDCOM/IADE.

This Ph.D. is led by a faculty with extensive professional experience and has an environment conducive to the development of a strong bond between the professor and the student, which is key to developing and supervising a doctoral thesis.

The doctoral programme also affords students the possibility to access public examination to obtain the title of 'Agregado' in Design.... [-]


Doctorate in Design and Management of Tourism Systems

Open University of Taras Shevchenko National University
Online Full time Part time 3 years January 2019 Ukraine Kiev + 1 more

One of the best universities in the world and 200 years old. The Faculty of Geography at Taras Shevchenko National University - Open University offers doctorates with specialties in economic and social geography, natural geography, geomorphology and paleogeography, recreation and tourism geography, political geography and geopolitics, tourism science, meteorology, hydrology, cartography, land management, and cadastre.

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One of the best universities in the world and 200 years old. The Faculty of Geography at Taras Shevchenko National University - Open University offers the following Doctorates:

Departments: Economic and Social Geography, Regional Studies and Tourism Geography of Ukraine, Physical Geography and Geoecology, Physical Geography and Geomorphology, Meteorology and Climatology, Hydrology and Hydroecology, Geodesy and Cartography.

Divisions: one research laboratory; one research sector; educational laboratories: information technologies in geography; geodesy and cartography; geographic information and tourism; synoptic; environmental landscape.

Specialties: economic and social geography, natural geography, geomorphology and paleogeography, recreation and tourism geography, political geography and geopolitics, tourism science, meteorology, hydrology, cartography, land management, and cadastre.... [-]


PhD Human Factors

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years June 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 June 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 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 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.... [-]