Prospective candidates submit a proposal for a research project. Following approval, you are allocated a supervision team of two or three appropriate members of staff led by a Director of Studies. With this team you embark on an extended investigation into your topic, producing a written thesis. There is also an option of practice-based research, which results in a shorter written thesis together with a substantial body of practical work. All research students have the opportunity to take part in research training events, and the University’s Summer School.
Students will choose this course if they are looking to investigate in detail a subject within the visual arts, design, photography, film and media for which they have a strong interest. You will probably already have a strong academic record and some experience of independent study. Discipline and self-motivation are required but research study provides the opportunity to join the international community of scholarship and to make your own contribution to it. You will be supported by experienced academics who have been through this process themselves and who will provide guidance and support in undertaking your work. All our supervisors are research-active, recognised internationally. You will be part of a Faculty committed to the highest quality of research, as indicated by the UK-wide research assessment procedures.
The Faculty’s areas of expertise include all aspects of the visual arts, design, photography, film and media. MPhil work will often lead to publication and may lead to a career in academia.
Art and Design Research at UWTSD
Research in Art and Design at UWTSD is carried out by artists, designers and critical thinkers at the cutting edge of the field. Challenging cultural, critical and aesthetic preconceptions, our work constantly pushes at the boundaries, be they those of photography and film, drawing and painting, theatre and performance, textiles, glass, ceramics and jewelry.
Art and Design REF 2014Our researchers work with the medical profession to better understand bio-medics, engineers to embed creativity and innovation in manufacturing processes, the media sector to explore new possibilities in digital prduction, and the United Nations to inform enterprise education in the creative industries. Widely exhibited on an international basis our we are actively working with art and cultural organizations throughout Europe, America and Asia to bring new ways of thinking, feeling and experiencing to public audiences.
Much of this research is conducted through the Wales Institute for Research in Art and Design (WIRAD). The Institute consists of centres, groups and networks under six over-arching themes: Applied Arts, Applied Design Research, Design Policy, Film, Photography and Digital Media, Fine Art and Performance (including contemporary textiles and landscapes) and Pedagogical Research. You can find out about our world class research on our research pages: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/research/art-and-design/
Hybrid Design Research Group
Reflecting the trend towards greater fluidity and interdisciplinarity in contemporary arts and crafts, the Hybrid Design Research Group puts ‘making’ at the heart of creativity.
Representing the rich and complex dialogues between concept, process, materials and tools, the group brings together research active staff across the disciplines of fine and conceptual arts, contemporary textiles, glass and ceramics, jewellery making, industrial design and laser technology, digital craft, architectural and product design, and design and medicine.
The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre was established in 2005 and is a knowledge transfer centre for projects that support the creative industries in Wales.
Current projects include Moving Image Wales, which supports the digital media industry, the Textiles Technologies Project, which supports the textiles and apparel industries, CIME, which supports business through creative intervention and SATnet, which provides a link between artists and businesses in the science and technology sectors. In addition, IPCRES is also based in CIRIC and is developing and disseminating research about durational and event based practices.
Alongside the numerous projects operating within CIRIC, there is also a Design Bureau, with water jet cutting, laser cutting and fabric printing services.
CLASI The Centre for Lens Arts and Science Interaction is a research centre based within The Dynevor Centre for Art, Design, and Media at Swansea Metropolitan University. CLASI aims to encourage and promote interdisciplinary research projects, which stimulate research, innovation, and experimentation across photographic, digital and electronic arts. A strong emphasis is placed on research strands where the histories, philosophies and practices of art and science intersect. The definition of art and science is intentionally broad and the centre is aligned with SATnet and CIRIC.
The Centre for Lens Arts and Science Interaction (CLASI) is a research centre based within The Dynevor Centre for Art, Design, and Media at University of Wales Trinity Saint David Swansea.
CLASI aims to encourage and promote interdisciplinary research projects, which stimulate research, innovation, and experimentation across installation, photographic, digital and electronic arts. A strong emphasis is placed on research strands where the histories, philosophies and practices of art and science intersect. The definition of art and science is intentionally broad and the centre is aligned with The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Creative Industries (CIRIC).
The aims and objectives of CLASI are:
To foster interdisciplinary research and collaboration at institutional, national and international levels. To create a model for the intersection of innovative theory/practice research, exhibitions, and publications. To build partnerships with other arts and educational establishments, fostering and promoting collaborations that yield rigorous, challenging and inventive outcomes.
CLASI works across a number of research areas in response to the individual interests of staff and postgraduate students. We also work towards promoting the outputs of research investigations through promotion and publication.
To find out more about CLASI contact: Prof. Karen Ingham, [email protected]
The benchmark entry requirement is a 2:1 or higher undergraduate degree. Mature students may apply with their portfolio and/or previous academic/industrial career taken into account. There is also a procedure for the recognition of prior learning. International students will also have to prove proficiency in the English language to the required IELTS level 6