Job: Fully funded PhD studentship in experience design for sensory storytelling at UWE Bristol

Fully funded 3-year Collaborative PhD Studentship – Experience design for sensory storytelling
UWE Bristol’s Digital Cultures Research Centre

Deadline for applications: Friday September 1, 2017

Applications are open for a three-year full-time Doctoral studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to undertake practice-led research into creative forms that engage the senses beyond the audio-visual.

Emerging digital creative technologies are enabling the development of immersive experiences and installations that engage with audiences through senses including touch, taste, smell, thermoception, proprioception. This studentship, based at UWE Bristol’s Digital Cultures Research Centre, offers a unique opportunity for a practice-based exploration of this emerging field, and for the development of a body of work that will be of significant interest among creative practitioners seeking to engage with these novel practices.

Working closely with innovators in the field and through self-directed practice, you will explore approaches to the design and production of these immersive experiences. You will contextualise these practices historically and theoretically, and interrogate what they bring to storytelling. The studentship, a partnership with Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, offers the potential to develop case studies with residents including James Wheale (Understory) and Amy Rose & May Abdalla (Anagram).

Joining an interdisciplinary Design Futures Lab cohort of 12 collaborative PhD students, you will be part of an innovative and cutting-edge group of researchers dedicated to reshaping industrial technologies and processes through embedded practice-based research.

The Digital Cultures Research Centre has a strong track record of successful PhD completions and the studentship provides access to an exciting creative and intellectual community with fellow students researching emerging creative practices. We expect research students to take a full and active role in the Research Centre and to take part in regular workshops, conferences and seminars. The studentship commences October 2017.

Applicants will be expected to attend an interview in Bristol at a date to be confirmed in September, and demonstrate:

  • imaginative and viable preliminary ideas for research into this subject area
  • an appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
  • evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research

For an informal discussion about the studentship contact

Deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday September 1

Further information regarding eligibility and the application process visit:

The NPIF studentships comprise tuition fees at Home/EU rates and, for UK award holders, a maintenance award (£14,553 per year) tenable for a period of 3 academic years. EU students are welcome to apply, but are eligible for tuition fees only. We also welcome applications for part-time studentships; these comprise tuition fees and a pro-rata maintenance award for a 6-year period.

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