School of Arts Research

Our objectives are:

Ph.D. – we look forward to receiving all applications for study and if you would like discussions with us about your project proposal then please contact Dr. Angela

Welcome Applications

In choosing to study with us you would be joining a select group of researchers working within the intellectual context of an established research centre. The distinctive interdisciplinary make-up of our PhD programme encourages a freedom to pursue new and innovative directions, whilst being guided by experienced and leading academics.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the School of Arts achieved 82% of research at International level and World Class. Apply for a Postgraduate Research Degree

Our approach

Research in the School stands out for its collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches, which places ourselves at the confluence of the arts in the city of Derby and the region of Derbyshire and the East Midlands but with applications for wider relevance for the creative and cultural industries. Our approach is proudly transmedial and frequently collaborative.

The focus of this role will be interdisciplinary research projects working with Professor Chris White.  Those that are currently available fall under the current headings of:

Sustainable Scenographies – design for performative and media environments, and you will be expected to contribute to the peer-review journal Scene and its annual production.  There are two issues per year. Your area of interest and research should encompass ecological practices in the performing arts.

The Cultural Value of the Arts for Health and Well-Being – this encompasses arts practice as it relates to social engagement, creativity, the learning theatre, nature and the environment, art and science, and creative technologies.  You will be expected to work with Professor White in terms of upcoming conferences for 2016 and 2017 related to these areas.

Creative Ecologies – interdisciplinary arts practice

Research Seminars

On Wednesdays, 4-6pm at Markeaton Street, room 200

17/02/16 Kate Wells Sustainable solar surface decoration: The correlation between Anthotype principles with plant extractions as a form of eco-patterning for fabrics. 
24/02/16 Ava Hunt Further research dissemination on International Applied/Political Theatre platforms
16/03/16 Sebastian Blackie A Tasty Dish and Top Ten Tips for Bid Writing Report
06/04/16 Chris White Research Metrics Strategy
13/04/16 Caroline Locke The Value Of Labour  - Investigations and Three Preliminary Works
20/04/16 Paul Vandermast-Bell Exploring Digital Repetition in Electronic Dance Music Performance
27/04/16 Christine Parker at Quad, Derby PhD by Published works – and now what shall I do with it?
04/05/16 Duncan Werner 3D Ambisonic Guitar System and Production (aka 'GASP' - Guitars with Ambisonic Spatial Production)
11/05/16 Michael Brown A Cage for the Music and the Limits of Invention
18/05/16 Darren Daly and Amanda Wallace ‘Filtered’ (Performance) -  How does Sealey’s “Aesthetics of Access” impact upon the creation of new theatre, with a primary focus on access for visually impaired audiences?
25/05/16 Peter Lennox Creative inhibition: How to destroy creativity?‌
01/06/16 Phil Baggaley THE SAME SKY - A Musical: Three Months to Write Thirty Years to Make
08/06/16 Ian Neal Theorising Illustration
15/06/16 Marc Bosward Reality Fragments: Found Footage, Spatial Video Collage, and Non-Fiction Explorations of the Socio-Historical Worl
22/06/16 Tim Shore Derby Omphalos – work in progress for a D-LAB digital arts commission
N/A Rhiannon Willimas CRITICAL CLOTH - Patchwork as Critical Practice
09/11/16 Cameron Jinks and Michael Brown Neglected Spaces
16/11/16 Carl Robinson  Lessons in Physics Conference, co-curator Vered Lahav
23/11/16 Dr Richard Hodges Music Cognition and Tonality: A Composer's Perspective - Dr Richard Hodges
N/A Philip Basi A Cross The Decades
22/03/17 Michael Brown and Paul Vandemast-Bell Immersive Deconstruction
30/03/17 Marc Bosward  Life Goes On
27/06/17 Bruce Wiggins Sounds in Space Conference