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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So what is normal? The implications of thinking (dis)abilities for design education

So What is Normal? The Implications of Thinking (dis)abilities for Design Education

Developing educational resources which explore issues of disability in architectural and design education

Sources of Inspiration

Sources of Inspiration

How design students learn from museum collections and other sources of inspiration

Spotlight

Spotlight

A Royal College of Art initiative exploring collaborative virtual learning in design

Student Placement Programme

Student Placement Programme: Co-Learning with Museums and Archives

The Student Placement Programme investigated how Design students and tutors learn from museums

Transatlantic Divide In Design Education

Transatlantic Divide In Design Education

A comparison between British and American design education

Urban Eco-Bus Line System

Urban Eco-Bus Line System

Sustainable Provocations: Urban Eco Bus System proposals for London, 15th and 16th January 2009 - a bus stop in the wardrobe?

Using Biomechanical Data to Inform Student Learning about Chair Design

Using Biomechanical Data to Inform Student Learning about Chair Design

This arts/medicine collaborative project explores biomechanics and design in interdisciplinary undergraduate studies

Visual Pedagogy

Visual Pedagogy

A visual investigation of the physical, intellectual and emotional space in which students learn fashion menswear

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