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

Current research in this subject

Many of the staff in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture are research active and in-touch with the latest thinking in their subject specialisms. Contributions to KIOSK, the Faculty's annual publication, give an indication of the range of interests of our staff.

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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