History of Art and Design

From the Royal Pavilion in the Regency era to Mods and Rockers in the 1960s to the present day annual Brighton Festival, Brighton is a vibrant centre for the creative arts, popular culture and heritage with an international reputation.

The University of Brighton plays a major role at the centre of that culture. It is one of the founding and leading institutions for research in Design History with professors who are world authorities and research that includes international design, feminist art curation, self and identity, the photography of scenes of conflict and postcolonial collecting and representation. 

Scholarship at all levels aims to understand local and global societies through the culture of designed objects and environments and the meaning of material things. Together with their students, staff foster an active scholarly environment at Brighton, offering a range of courses from the innovative, career-focussed undergraduate suite to a far-reaching and influential PhD programme. 

Enhanced by significant partnerships, nationally and internationally, notably with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Brighton fosters research within and around its own Design Archives, and provides a scholarly home for ventures such as Screen Archive South East and the Research Collective for Dress and Textile History

See our graduate show handbook with details of final year dissertations

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Discipline Specific Online ICT Resource

Discipline Specific Online ICT Resource

A discipline specific series of learning packages

Domestic Interiors Database

Domestic Interiors Database

An online public database of written and visual sources

Exploring the Relationship Between Teaching and Learning Through Practice

Exploring the Relationship Between Teaching and Learning Through Practice

This research focuses on how students learn physical technical skills and how these are taught through demonstration

Faculty of Arts Interdisciplinary Foundation

Faculty of Arts Interdisciplinary Foundation

Student led project to provide mobile performance space for the 2009 degree show

From Sketch to Product

From Sketch to Product

Adding a new dimension to the learning experience by exploring the design process from initial concept through to production and marketing

iGuides from StreetAccess

iGuides from StreetAccess

Development and evaluation of web-based museum trails, designed to be accessed on PDAs by design students in V&A galleries

Inclusion by Design

Inclusion by Design

A teaching aid to support the examination of the principles of accessibility and inclusive design in architectural and other design based education

Learning Capsules

Learning Capsules

A Web-Based Learning Resource for Undergraduate Architecture Students

Learning Spaces

Learning Spaces

Examining relationships between the design of physical and virtual learning spaces and the learning that takes place there

Lettering: The Legacy of Edward Johnston

Lettering: The Legacy of Edward Johnston

Advancing the understanding of Edward Johnston and his legacy

Living Legend Masterclasses

Living Legend Masterclasses

Encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to the use of the materials and promoting student centred learning

Looking to Learn, Learning to See

Looking to Learn, Learning to See

Writing and editing the book "Museums and Design Education: Looking to Learn, Learning to See"

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