Doctorate Degrees in Design

Compare 6 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 Design, Technology & Society

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time September 2017 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 Architectural Design (Social Science)

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 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, modelled, filmed, built, etc, candidates will be required to incorporate this research as an integral component of an accompanying written thesis. [+]

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, modelled, 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. Research in urban design explores the complex relationship between spatial and design issues and social and economic urban processes. PhD topics are defined in conjunction with supervisors and can cover many different aspects of urban design, such as: History and Theory of Urban Design; Public Realm; Sustainable Cities; Urban Conservation & Revitalisation; Innovation Environments and Waterfront Regeneration.... [-]

Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture

Aalto University
Campus Full time August 2018 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 2 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. [+]

PhDs in Design. 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. [-]

PhD in FdV New Frontiers

Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 France Paris

New Frontiers PhD projects aim to expand collective intelligence and contribute to the solutions to global challenges through original research investigations. These projects often sit at the interface of art & design, digital technology, education, and science, however this is not strictly mandatory. For example, past projects have involved learning with games, teaching through research, communication technologies, participatory science, art/design as a means to communicate science, etc. [+]

New Frontiers PhD projects aim to expand collective intelligence and contribute to the solutions to global challenges through original research investigations. These projects often sit at the interface of art & design, digital technology, education, and science, however this is not strictly mandatory. For example, past projects have involved learning with games, teaching through research, communication technologies, participatory science, art/design as a means to communicate science, etc. New Frontiers PhD projects aim to contribute to the solutions to global challenges through novel research investigations. They contribute to mobilizing the collective intelligence towards solutions to societal goals, such as those set forth by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The original contribution of the work addresses questions that are relevant in a research context. The PhD supervisor, Thesis Advisory Commitee, dissertation reviewers, and defense jury provide the guidance and details on acceptable content and format of the dissertation. Featured New Frontiers projects: art and science open science games to learn future of research learning and teaching Definition of research projects The research project can be described by addressing the following sets of questions. Students are expected to address these questions at the beginning of their studies and to constantly reformulate the answers as their projects develop over the three years. On the subject matter What problem or challenge will this research address? Does the subject matter itself differ from that of traditional scientific research? If so, how? On the knowledge sought What kinds of knowledge and understanding will this... [-]

Doctoral Programme in Fashion Design

University of Minho - School of Engineering
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Portugal Guimarães

The Doctoral Programme in Fashion Design is a course in association between the University of Minho and the University of Beira Interior, accredited by A3ES, and with the collaboration of professors from other Portuguese higher education institutions such as the FAULisboa and ESART. [+]

PhDs in Design. Doctoral Programme in Fashion Design The Doctoral Programme in Fashion Design is a course in association between the University of Minho and the University of Beira Interior, accredited by A3ES, and with the collaboration of professors from other Portuguese higher education institutions such as the FAULisboa and ESART. The doctoral degree in Fashion Design aims to stimulate research and development in Fashion Design, focusing on innovation and transdisciplinary through various areas, including Fashion Design, Design, Materials and Technologies, Textile Design & Management and Drawing. The 3rd studies cycle in Fashion Design integrates and follows the philosophy of the educational programs offered by the associated institutions, that starts with the 1st studies cycles in Fashion Design and Marketing (UM) and Fashion Design (UBI), followed by the 2nd studies cycles in Fashion Communication Design (UM), Design and Marketing (UM), Fashion Design (UBI) and Branding e Fashion Design (UBI-IADE). Access to higher education The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level. Access forms Access to this cycle of studies requires an application to the School of Engineering of the University of Minho. Formal requirements May apply for access to the course of study leading to a doctoral degree in Fashion Design: Holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent; Holders of a degree, possessing an academic or scientific curriculum, particularly relevant that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the legal competent scientific board of the... [-]

PhD in Design Studies

Izmir University of Economics
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 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 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 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 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 2013-2014 academic year for the first time. The priority of the program is to be creative in 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 qualificatin exam and thesis proposal. Design Studies doctoral program also allows students to accomplish conjunct doctoral studies. In the last years there has been a rising interest upon multidisciplinary studies thereby uniting varied disciplines; Design Studies doctoral program provides this multidisciplinary study pool The students have the ability to spend a part of their educational life abroad within the scope of ERASMUS. We have exchange agreements at the graduate level with the following universities in different fields of design: UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE - BELGIUM ECOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS (ENSAD) - FRANCE ALBSTADT-SIGMARINGEN UNIVERSITY - GERMANY REUTLINGEN UNIVERSITY - GERMANY UNIVERSITY OF... [-]