Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
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Study with CFPR at UWE School of Art and Design

The relationship between teaching and research underpins all activity at the CFPR and we welcome applicants of the highest calibre to study at the forefront multi-disciplinary print.

The MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking is led by CFPR’s Senior Research Fellow Sarah Bodman, with Research Fellow Paul Laidler (and Senior Lecturer Ian Chamberlain) plus regular contributions from other CFPR staff, visiting lecturers and alumni. Known for its innovative approach to the production of artworks, artefacts and texts, MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking encourages creative practitioners to develop and explore their ideas through the production of works in multiple formats including printmaking and/or book arts. The course concentrates on 'making' and the comprehension of a wide range of processes through a combination of contextual knowledge and understanding. It gives students a unique opportunity to develop a range of creative, conceptual, technical and professional skills.

The MA in Design is led by CFPR’s Senior Research Fellow Tom Sowden, with Research Fellow Dr Paul O’Dowd (and Senior Lecturers Jennifer Conway, Jessica Young and Phil O'Shaughnessy). It offers students from a range of creative backgrounds the opportunity to develop, challenge and extend their design practice at an advanced level and aims to equip students with the advanced skills, knowledge and understanding needed to undertake innovative research and creative practice in design. The course is delivered through a series of project-based modules, through which students engage with real-world problems and issues of relevance to contemporary design practice. Working individually and collaboratively, students are encouraged to develop skills, knowledge and creativity commensurate with the needs of professional practice in design and the creative industries today. The course provides a creative context for practice-based exploration and experimentation, through which students will be supported to develop innovative working methods and design solutions. As a discipline, design engages with the aesthetic, ethical and social dimensions of human life and the ecological, technological and industrial application of innovation. Within this context, students will be expected to undertake creative projects which are challenging and ambitious, and which result in credible, tangible design outcomes. We welcome applications from graduates from a range of disciplines, including but not exclusively: Product Design, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Fashion and Textiles, Architecture and Interior Design, Fine Art and Applied Arts.

We also have a strong track record of supervising PhD students through to completion. The doctoral programme enables a thriving intellectual community, with students from around the world researching into aspects of multidisciplinary print. Applicants wishing to study for a PhD with the CFPR can apply for a full Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) bursary and fees through the Digital (Design, Media and Arts) 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training. The 3D3 Centre is a partnership between the universities of the West of England (UWE), Plymouth and Falmouth, which are working together to develop exciting opportunities for practice-led doctoral students in three fields of study: digital design, digital media and digital arts. We are offering up to ten PhD studentships (fully-funded by the AHRC or by the partner institutions) to applicants of the highest quality each year for the next five years with the first cohort starting in the autumn of 2014. PhD students will be able to draw on the combined resources of the three universities to develop their projects and enjoy a bespoke training programme that can be extended through a period of external placement. This is a unique opportunity to become part of a new generation of creative scholar- practitioners working at the forefront of a rapidly expanding research landscape. The studentships cover the full cost of fees for the doctoral programme plus a full-time student stipend. There is also funding for specific expenses associated with the doctoral research and professional development of successful applicants.

The Centre for Fine Print Research offers a series of dynamic continuing professional development courses (CPD) aimed at, amongst others, artists, designers, craftspeople, communicators, teachers and managers. CPD courses offer the opportunity for professional updating, learning new skills and techniques, and for intellectual stimulus!