PhD Studentship Generative audio-visual art for art therapy for long-term conditions



To celebrate the University’s research successes, the University of Hull is offering 20 full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursaries for candidates applying for the research areas within the six interdisciplinary research areas, including  the following project in the theme of Health and Wellbeing to candidates with or expecting a 1st, 2(i), or equivalent degree.

Closing date: – 3rd February 2014.
Studentships will start on 29th September 2014.

Project description: This project is part of novel interdisciplinary research that intersects computer science, philosophy, medicine and art with potentially exciting new applications on conceptual art, art therapy and educational games.

The Computer Science department has strong track record in technologies that support this type of research: software engineering, graphics, games and artificial intelligence. Specifically, Hull computer scientists have been employing these technologies in collaboration with painters and musicians on projects in the field of generative art.  An example of this work is a conceptual art work (generativeart.net.dcs.hull.ac.uk) that is being presented at the XVI International Generative Art Conference and exhibited at La Triennale di Milano – the main contemporary design museum in Italy.

Informal feedback by clinicians who have experienced this art work suggests that it can have therapeutic effect, e.g. on people with long term conditions like autism or dementia. The aim of this PhD is to expand the portfolio of this art and test this hypothesis. We have planned a series of musical painting sculptures that include a musical art sphere and a painted Möbius strip that will be virtualised and enhanced with technologies to create interesting art works which, beyond their artistic merit, can also provide case studies for art therapy. Much of this work can also evolve in a form of an educational game.

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The PhD work will be supervised by Professor Papadopoulos and experts in graphics and visualisation in Computer Science. It will be co-supervised by Professor Kate Galvin of the Faculty of Health and Social Care and her colleagues who will be involved in setting up clinical studies. We seek candidates with a first or upper second class degree in computer science and interest in visual art, music, philosophy, art therapy or social sciences. For informal enquiries please contact:

Professor Yiannis Papadopoulos, Department of Computer Science, 01482 465981,  [email protected]

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Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship will include fees at the ‘home/EU’ student rate and maintenance (£13,726 in 2013/14) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependant on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

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