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Curating Contemporary Design MA (in partnership with the Design Museum): Research areas

Current research in this subject

The Department of Film & Photography staff are research active practitioners - in-touch with the latest thinking in their subject specialisms. Please visit our Film & Photography Research Group Visible Institute which presents the range of interests staff have across the still and the moving image. 

We can potentially support work-based learning projects in a wide variety of design-related subject areas, including:

  • colour and design;
  • communication design;
  • creative management;
  • curating;
  • design for environments;
  • design for the screen;
  • design for sustainability;
  • the fashion industry;
  • heritage and museum studies;
  • heritage and the modern interior; and
  • organisational and personal development in the creative industries.

The Design Research Centre provides a creative environment for researchers engaging with the cultural, environmental and presentational contexts of design practice in its widest sense. Research in this diverse area is developed through five interrelated areas:

  • Curating the contemporary – focusing on new initiatives and perspectives on curating, including the interface between design, craft and fine art;
  • Design innovation – focusing on the presentational contexts of contemporary design practice;
  • Design for environments – including design for wellbeing, health and micro-environments, as well as spatial, aesthetic and critical enquiries into building typologies and cultural analysis of urban and leisure environments;
  • Design for screen – focusing on interdisciplinary and practice-based enquiries into screen-based media; and
  • Sustainability – multidisciplinary design research into issues of environmental protection and social justice.

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