Evolution: Art and Design Research and the PhD

  • EVOLUTION: Art and Design Research and the PhD
    October 22–23, 2010
    Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
    66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011


    Post-conference update (December 2010): Download and view individual responses to the conference by its Parsons co-organizers.


    Doctoral study has traditionally been associated with intensive scholarly research, the culmination of which confers a PhD degree. But for artists and designers whose disciplines are rooted in creative practice, how is research itself defined and in what ways might it shape a doctoral degree?

    How is the outcome of creative work or research by artists and designers valued in comparison to intellectual inquiry in other fields? What does the MFA as a “terminal degree” indicate to academics in other disciplines? What does it say about how we as artists and designers value our practice?

    Evolution: Art and Design Research and the PhD brings together artists, designers, and researchers from across the world to explore these and related questions, opening a dialogue about the role of a PhD in American schools of art and design.

    Conference hosted by Parsons The New School for Design and organized in collaboration with Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney, with the support of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.