The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
PhD fellowship - 'Games and interaction within visual media'
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
The school is one of the two Danish School of Architecture and one of the world’s oldest schools of architecture.
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Application deadline: Mar 01
Location: Copenhagen K, Denmark
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PhD fellowship - 'Games and interaction within visual media'

The School of Design invites applications for a PhD fellowship within the theme of 'Games and interaction within visual media' with a particular focus on the development of games and visual stories and the interaction between these and the new digital technologies.  

About the project / PhD focus  

This is an open invitation where we invite applicants to submit proposals within the subject framework. We are looking for applications that move within or between the following subject items: The relation between rules and fiction in games, games theory, function and storyworld roles across existing and new visual media, VR and other new digital, visual technologies, UI and UX studies, and visual narratives.  

We are interested in both empirical and prototype-based, qualitative and quantitative approaches. The PhD will be associated with the 'visual media' research group. The research group conducts research within games and visual media, and games design for fiction and storyworlds in a wide field within the latest media platforms.  

Global and local societies are increasingly connected and face complex challenges as expressed, for instance, in the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Within the design degree programme, we are experiencing an increased focus on new digital technologies and a growing demand from businesses and a desire from designers and design students for development in the crossfield between stories, visuality and technology. On this basis, the PhD candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of the existing and future design programmes in the perspective of the expanded and multidisciplinary design field.  

The PhD post should also contribute to clarifying this subject, and it should be seen as part of the School of Design's increased focus on new digital technological competences in relation to application and testing in the field. The PhD project forms part of KADK's strategic efforts to establish a new interdisciplinary workshop at an institutional level: 'KADK-Lab', where workshops are gathered and strengthened technologically and in research terms. The PhD project will be associated with teaching and research environments within games design and associated narrative media.  

The ideal candidate has a background from a design education or a corresponding university education as well as the ability to relate design and design practice to theory and technology. Ideally, the project will be conducted with a design-orientated approach, working specifically with testing and experiments. The application's project description must make it clear how the applicant intends to include this in the process.  

The post will be associated with the Institute of Visual Design and the candidate will be enrolled at KADK's PhD School.  

Institute of Visual Design  

The Institute of Visual Design is the setting for teaching as well as scientific and artistic research within all kinds of visual design. We work with visual identity, information design, digital media and service design, as well as the development of commercial and more experimental computer games, visual stories and digital products. The institute explores concepts such as identity, experiences and interaction. We work with computer games and storyworlds, analyse existing type fonts and develop new ones, design sign-wayfinding, and develop applications for smartphones. In other words, we work with the design of visual communication on and for all platforms.  

The institute offers a joint Bachelor's programme: Visual Design and two Master's programmes: Graphic Communication Design and Visual Media and Game Design, which form the framework for a number of different specialist development environments across design and architecture.  

Read more about the institute, programmes and scientific and artistic research here: www.kadk.dk.  

Qualification requirements  

The PhD is fixed as three years of full-time study. On the application date, the applicant must have achieved a Master's degree (120 ECTS credits or corresponding) within architecture, design or another relevant subject area.  

Alternatively, the applicant must be able to document competences on a par with a Master's degree through extensive education (4-5 years) as well as knowledge, qualifications, competences and business-related experience.  

The application must include:  

No application form is used. Applicants must submit a written application in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English.  

Applications should be submitted in PDF format and must include:  

  • Project description / outline including: title of the research project, outline of the study course, and an account of the overall issues within the subject field of the post (5 standard pages)  
  • A CV with a list of publications, if any  
  • Documentation for exams passed in the form of diplomas and examination register transcript  

Employment terms  

Enrolment will take place with a view to acquiring the PhD degree and entails salaried employment as a PhD fellow for three years as per the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, AC, minutes about PhD fellowships (Appendix 5).  

The salary consists of a seniority-based basic salary and a non-pensionable supplement.  

The legal basis for the PhD programme and the awarding of the PhD degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) is primarily found in the Ministerial Order on the Act on Institutions of Higher Artistic Education, cf. Consolidation Act no. 1673 of 11 December 2013, and in the Ministry of Higher Education and Science's PhD Order no. 1039 of 29 August 2013. Details of the regulatory basis can be accessed via KADK's website:  

Application deadline: 1 March 2018 at 12 noon.  

Applications must be submitted electronically here: https://kadk.dk/ledige-stillinger For further information, please contact Ditte Dahl on tel.: +45 4170 1532 or via email to: ditte.dahl@kadk.dk 

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