Research Institute for Art and Design Art (RIAD) is one of the largest Research Institutes at Ulster University, with more than 50 academic staff actively engaged in research, teaching and academic enterprise. Ulster's Art and Design research, including architecture, is in the global premier league with a research environment for staff and research students that was assessed to be 100% internationally excellent/world leading in the most recent nationwide assessment, the REF2014.
Research students are members of the RI and of 5 interconnected clusters that are driven by shared research interest in themes that are of value to society, culture and the economy. The REF2014 also recognised Ulster's focus on practice and applied research in over 70% outstanding impact, the highest accolade. Research staff at Ulster achieved highest percentage of world leading publications within the University and the 3rd highest rating in the UK sector as a whole. Over 75% of staff research publications are world leading or internationally excellent.
The University welcomes applicants interested in research relevant to all art and design disciplines including fine art, applied art and craft, design, sculpture, painting, textiles, fashion, photography, moving image, animation, ceramics, silversmithing and jewellery, interior design, architecture, art history, creative industries, cultural industries and curation.
Art and Design PhD Research has a history of three decades and represents the largest art and design doctoral cohort of any institution on the island of Ireland, also comparing very well with UK institutions in track record and size. All-Ireland research engagement is ensured through our partnership in GRADCAM (Dublin), NI Gradschool and research projects with other institutions.
Art and Design research at Ulster University's particular strengths lie in interdisciplinary research, research with practice, art research related in relation to civic and societal challenges and in the key processes and concepts which underwrite innovative research practice in art and design. Research is encouraged in a context that investigates and redefines inherited models of practice and categories of value. The impact of digital media and new technologies on the production, distribution and mediation of art and design are important considerations in much research. Research questions are examined in the context of the wider social/economic/political arena of the nation and the world.
As a full time student, the expectation is that you will work on your project on a daily basis, either on or off campus as agreed with your supervisor. You will be entitled to 40 days holiday per annum.
Part time students are expected to meet with their supervisors on a regular basis, most usually this would be monthly but this is dependent on the project area.