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UWE Bristol

For the 2016/17 doctoral studentship competition, UWE Bristol invites applications to undertake practice-led research that focuses on any area of digital design, digital media or digital arts.


The main 3D3 Research Units at UWE Bristol are: Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR); and the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC);  However, applicants may nominate any appropriate Directors of Study based in the Departments of Arts and Cultural IndustriesArt and Design or Film and Journalism.  However, we particularly encourage applications to one of the following two research centres: Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) and the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC) Each research centre has a track record of supervising interdisciplinary practice-led research projects in creative design, creative media and creative arts and has a particular focus on digital practices, digital culture and engagement with digital technologies. You can work across (i.e. have members of your supervisory team located in) two of these and also other research groups in the departments listed above and indeed across the University.
For further information, please contact Professor Carinna Parrman ( 
UWE Bristol has a strong interest in moving image research, led by Terry Flaxton, Professor of Cinematography and Lens Based Arts. This work, focuses on practice as research within the production and display of moving images in cinema, television and in gallery exhibition.  It explores the histories, theories, technologies, cultures and politics of moving image production, interaction and reception under three broad strands: 1) Digital Cinematography; 2) Technical and Physiological, Moving Image Art and Practice, 3) Film and Television Studies.
Professor Flaxton has access to 3 x 4k Ursa Cameras and 5 x Red 4k cameras plus a 4k edit suite to aid our work with 8k capacity. Together with BBC Research and Development and the Bristol Vision Institute, Flaxton helped capture and display the world’s first HDR, HFR movie in April 2013 – Flaxton now sits on the AMPAS sci/tech committee. CMIR runs a festival of cinematography every September, and we are setting up a Festival of Digital Aesthetics for Spring 2017.
Professor Spicer has a keen interest in the ways in which digital processes are transforming the film and television industries, aesthetically, culturally, industrially and ideologically. He is a member of a European Research Project – Success in the Film and Television Industries – and a project examining the cultural ecology of the film and television industries in Bristol.For more information, please contact Professor Terry Flaxton: 

Other UWE staff with a particular interest in topics and themes within 3D3:

  • Oral history, crafts, museology and curating. Contact: Dr Matthew Partington
  • The creative application of mobile technologies to the interpretation of historic landscapes and heritage sites. Contact: Professor Steve Poole
  • Socially engaged photography and media; Community/Alternative/DIY Media and Creative Practices; Visual Anthropology; Black British/African and Diaspora Media Cultures. Contact: Dr Shawn Sobers
  • Urban culture and everyday life; studies of perception, attention and experience; neuroscience, psychology and psycho-physical models of subjectivity; robotics and cyborg culture; humanness, human rights and ethics; and cultural activism and environmental politics. Contact: Dr Gillian Swanson


Partners with which UWE staff collaborate include: