The research output from the School of Fashion and Textiles forms part of the Centre for Design and Creative Industries (CDCI) — a well-established, interdisciplinary research centre that encompasses a broad range of creative design practices, innovation and external engagement.

Although we carry out work within the traditional design groupings of architecture, fashion and textiles, jewellery, product design and visual communication, the combination of cognate disciplines brought together by the centre also gives us the opportunity to build genuinely interdisciplinary design research and respond to cross-disciplinary research themes and challenges.

The centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research, leading to exhibitions and designed products, as well as articles, conference contributions and books. We currently have over 20 PhD students working across our theoretical and applied research specialisms, including a number of collaborative, funded projects.

We retain a strong belief in the ability of curiosity-driven research to deliver knowledge and innovation in design; at the same time we wish to respond actively to wider agendas. The Centre is committed to engagement with external partners in industry and the public sector. The Design Knowledge Network (DKN) has a proven track record in working with small and medium-sized enterprises enhancing the impact of our research and delivering added design value.

User experience

The centre is also developing distinctive areas of methodological expertise in user experience and creative research methods which address different audiences and communities. These include methods for investigating perception of the landscape involving the use of narrative, visual and embodied techniques to elicit participant experience in settings such as urban green spaces and canalscapes.

Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students

The Midlands4Cities DTP will include at least 40 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) co-designed with non-university partners.

The partnership will give students access across all eight institutions to a customised programme of research and employability training, which will enable students to gain vital arts and humanities skills.

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