Two PhD Studentships - Design Products
Emerging Design Practice and Curating: paradigms and parameters
Royal College of Art
The Royal College of Art, Design Products department (RCA) and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Contemporary Programmes (V&A) in London seek to appoint two PhD Research Students to explore how highly specialized and innovative new design practice is made accessible to new audiences in the context of the museum. Applications are invited for practice-based and theory-based research projects.
The UK is internationally well regarded for the depth and quality of its design culture, which is grounded in its internationalism and the strength of design education. London is a hotbed for design innovation, much of it centred on the RCA as the pre-eminent higher education institute for design in the country. Much of this innovation is highly academic, speculative, critical and experimental, often dealing with new technologies or ways of working, developing design as an agent of social or cultural change. This may seem, from the outside, to be impenetrable and the challenge for designers is to articulate their processes and practices in ways that can be understood by, and influence, the general public.
The two studentships will identify new forms of design practice emerging from within the RCA and its network of alumni and associates, in order to develop contemporary taxonomies of design. By partnering with the V&A it is intended that these taxonomies will inform the curatorial definitions of design practice and the ways in which design is represented and interpreted in the public realm of the museum context, bringing advanced design thinking into the mainstream of public debate.
The V&A is one of the largest and most highly regarded museums of art and design in the world and exists to educate, inform and inspire the public. The dissemination of knowledge is at the heart of its activities and through its contemporary programmes it aims to make current art and design accessible to the public.