Privilege and Practice—Challenges for Doctoral Education in Art and Design

Vaughan, Sian (2024) Privilege and Practice—Challenges for Doctoral Education in Art and Design. International Journal of Art & Design Education. ISSN 1476-8062

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Increasingly, doctoral education is being challenged to reflect and act on issues of access and equity. I argue that in art and design the expanding doctoral expectations and emphasis on doctoral community impact the multiple and intersectional concerns around diversity, equity and belonging that urgently need to be acknowledged and addressed. The benefits of community are widely acknowledged in the literature on doctoral education, and it is increasingly recognised that there are specific nuances to the needs of practice research doctoral communities. Prompted by insights from interviews with art and design doctoral researchers, I examine available data on participation in doctoral research in art and design in the United Kingdom in conjunction with literature on doctoral education and practice research. My aim is to highlight concerns relating to privilege and belonging in art and design doctorates that should make us increasingly uncomfortable. I believe that as a community art and design in higher education urgently needs to actively consider these issues. As well as indicating the necessity for further research, I argue that conversations are needed to devise and advocate for more inclusive and culturally responsive doctoral education specific to the needs of practice research in art and design.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
29 January 2024Accepted
29 January 2024UNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: doctoral belonging, practice research, privilege, PhD resources
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-02 - art
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Art
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2024 14:10
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2024 14:10

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