PhD Study at Digital Design Studio
The Digital Design Studio (DDS) is a state-of-the-art research centre of Glasgow School of Art focussing on developing cutting edge real-time 3D visualization and interaction technologies undertaking projects from basic, strategic and applied research through to technology transfer. Research and industrial contracts span arts, science and engineering disciplines and are integrated with postgraduate academic activities to embrace imagination, multi-disciplinary thinking and the development and utilisation of new and emerging technologies.
The DDS has a growing number of PhD students investigating various aspects of advanced 3D visualisation and interaction. Doctoral students work alongside staff and contribute to the growth of the Studio at all levels. They are encouraged to publish their work; attend and present at seminars and conferences; and contribute to ongoing and future DDS research projects.
PhD topics cover a variety of subjects in 3D visualisation and interaction. Core research focusses on developing new techniques for interaction, user oriented interfaces, haptics, 3D sound, real-time photorealistic 3D visualisation, and camera-based motion tracking to explore the potential of multi-sensory participation in the fields of architecture, automotive industry, education, environment, games and entertainment, heritage, medicine and healthcare.
- 3D visualisation
- Medical visualisation
- Archaeological/architecture/environment visualisation
- Animated visualisation and 3D animation
- Natural language visualisation
- Games technology, serious games, virtual environments
- Virtual Reality, Human computer interface, haptics
- Full body motion tracking
Current subjects of PhD study include: an anthropological study of cultural influences in Second Life, the development of animations aimed at resolving cultural conflicts (in Cyprus), the generation of 3D aural simulations of concert halls and other performance spaces, the use of animation to explore the representation of the face in Thai culture, the role of computer science in an arts school, the automation of traditional arts techniques and the processes involved in archaeological reconstruction using 3D computer models.
The DDS is dedicated to developing ways in which people can engage and interact with data and emerging digital visualization systems. Learning, research, and knowledge transfer in the DDS is therefore not characterised by traditional subject areas. Instead, it concentrates on the ways in which computer tools and interfaces can be developed for visualisation and improve human computer interaction across art, technology, and science. This multi-disciplinary approach also applies to the expertise of the staff with established and efficient workflows between researchers, programmers, and modelers within a positive and reactive working environment.
We encourage graduates from all backgrounds, provided they have an enthusiasm for working with computers, coupled with the desire to communicate digitally in their chosen field. Where a candidate shows evidence of professional experience at an appropriate level, his/her application will also be considered.
The PhD entry requirements are normally those of a Master's degree or a First-class or 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline. Overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language should normally obtain a minimum score of 6.5 in the IELTS test or equivalent.
You should also normally provide a research proposal (on the application form) to help us identify appropriate supervisor(s) for your area of research.
We enroll PhD students in September and January each year. The deadline to apply for September entry to PhD programmes is in the beginning of March, and the deadline for January entry is in the end of September.
Submit the following documents to The Registry,
Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street,
Glasgow G3 6RG
- Postgraduate Application Form
- Two references
- Research Proposal Form
- A copy of your academic qualification certificates
- Any supporting documents (optional)
Dr. Minhua Eunice Ma,
Head of Academic Programmes