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

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Mobility of the Line

Mobility of the Line

A student led symposium which investigated the mobility of the line


Observational Learning

Observational Learning through Professional Studio Practice

Online Exhibitions

Online Exhibitions

A collaborative project that explored how design students could learn from archives through the medium of an online exhibition

Permaculture Design and Green Roofs

Permaculture Design and Green Roofs

Learning ways to reconnect with the natural environment

Perspectives on Podcasts

Perspectives on Podcasts

Development and evaluation of downloadable audio files for design students to use with a visit to the V&A museum

Playground Magazine

Playground Magazine

A printed magazine devised by students to showcase the creative talent within Grand Parade

Re-inscriptions: Text to Object

Re-inscriptions: Text to Object

An investigation of the use of ICT in the reproduction of historical texts, including archival materials, in museum contexts

RIBA Architecture Wiki

RIBA Architecture Wiki

RIBApedia - A wiki-based collaboration tool led by the Research & Development Department at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Screen Search Fashion

Screen Search Fashion

Enhancing students’ experience and understanding of the Screen Archive South East online resource

Search, Find and Connect

Search, Find and Connect

This project is a CETLD funded PhD which aims to develop a conceptual framework of visual research to inform design pedagogy

See What Happens! - The value of Creative Experimentation Through Materials

See What Happens! - The value of Creative Experimentation Through Materials

Analysis and evaluation of the role of experimentation in the designing and making of three-dimensional artefacts

See What I'm Saying

See What I'm Saying

This collaboration between two distinct disciplines, endeavoured to inspire a deeper appreciation of Museum collections within HE

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