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Art and Design (Prof Doc)

The Professional Doctorate in Art and Design is designed to create a deep understanding of you and your place and perception of the world of Art and Design in all of its forms and representation.

To this end you need to have some basic experience working in the industry — we look for 2 to 5 years as being a good starting point.

You need this time to give you the basis for reflection. We ask you to reflect on certain areas of your life so far, areas such as how do you learn? What do you think constitutes knowledge?

We also give you the opportunity to try a range of different qualitative research methodology to find the best fit. 

This Professional Doctorate is designed to help you make use of all you have learned in life up to this point.  It helps you reflect on the past experiences professional and personal.  

We take a very global view of design and so are equally happy for areas of design from China and South East Asia, India and South America to be the subject of your reflection and your research. 

We are passionate about how you can reimagine how communication, media, art and design works within your professional practice.


You can apply via the 'Apply Now' button at the top of the page or by searching for the course on the online application form.

International/overseas students

If you are an international/overseas student and have questions about the application and visa process, please visit our International Applications and Admissions page or contact international.registry@uwtsd.ac.uk.

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Contact Email: timi.oneill@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Timi O’Neill

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

What you will learn

Course Overview

During the taught part (Part 1, Year 1) of the programme, a student studies six modules.

All modules are worth 30 credits (180 credits in total) and are assessed through coursework assignments.

Part 2 of the programme (worth 360 credits) is a period of supervised advanced research (Years 2 and 3) leading to the submission of a research portfolio, including a research dissertation of 60,000 words, at the end of Year 3.

Module Topics
  • Approaches to Art and Design Research and Academic Communication
  • Art and Design Practitioner Research Proposal
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Professional Discourses
  • Review of Professional Learning
  • Art and Design Work-based Learning
  • Work-based Research Project

All modules are assessed through a variety of coursework assignments which may include essays, presentations, textual analysis and exercises, book reviews, case studies and other assignments.

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Swansea College of Art

Key Information

Entry Criteria

The normal minimum entry requirement for applicants for the degree of Professional Doctorate is:

An upper second class honours degree
A Master’s degree, relevant to the proposed programme
 - (awarded by a UK or other recognised University or higher education institution or by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA)).

At least two years of recent and relevant work experience are desirable. Every application will be assessed on its own merits.

International Students: English Language Requirements

IELTS (Academic) Equivalency

Minimum overall score of 6.0 with no component part lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing, and no lower than 5.5 in Listening or Speaking.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme have a wide range of career opportunities, including:

  • Lecturer in Higher Education
  • Art, design and research roles within both industry and academia.

The University’s Careers Service provides specialist support to enhance students’ career and employment opportunities during the course and after graduation.

Additional Costs

Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities.

However, it is likely that art and design students will incur some additional costs to extend their investigation of their personal practice. For example, purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining in optional study trips, and printing. 

Students are expected to bring their own personal art and design equipment with them when they commence the course.  We can advise on the correct equipment needed for your programme of studies and signpost appropriate suppliers if you wish to purchase essential items before or during your studies.  

A basic ‘art and design kit’ will cost approximately £100 but you may well already have much of the equipment required so check with us first.  Also, although we have extensive dedicated digital design studios (PC and MAC) for you to undertake your coursework you may wish to bring your own digital devices, again check with us first before making a purchase.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section

Further Information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.