PhD in Design for Play

Design School Kolding, Denmark
Apply by April 7, 2017

Design School Kolding is looking for a PhD student with a special interest in play experience to contribute in building up an innovative knowledge environment in the field of Design for Play.

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Design for Play
Design for Play is a Scandinavian hub for play and design that demonstrates how research into play can achieve a practical impact. The founding partners are Design School Kolding, LEGO Foundation, the LEGO Group and a number of other stakeholders. The initiative will produce specific solutions and encourage a more comprehensive dialogue about exploring and recognising the potential of play.

With an applied research approach, Design for Play is closely related to practice and will include a strong element of making, engaging and co-creating with users. The purpose is to learn from and inspire children to grow up as creative designers of their own life and the world around them.

The associated master degree with an area of specialisation in Design for Play will educate highly specialised play designers with a unique benefit to all companies and public institutions working with play. The programme affiliates some of the world’s best designers, researchers and knowledge partners in the field.

PhD in Design for Play Experiences
We hereby invite proposals for PhD projects focusing on Design for Play Experiences.

We expect this PhD project to explore and study how we design products and set the frame for great play experiences. Therefore, we ask the candidates to address some of the following challenges and relate them to the overall focus for the Design for Play initiative.
· How we integrate a concept of a playful design profession in the process of designing for play with the user in mind.
· Examine how making, tinkering and rapid prototyping can create more playful products.
· How we can use and spark our imagination to be able to design playful solutions for the future of play.
· To dive into the research of design and creativity, to figure out how we can inspire the human being by playful designs.
· Use our artistic hands-on design methods combined with academic research in play and design to enhance a creative environment and innovative teaching in design for play experiences.

About us
Design School Kolding is an independent institution under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The school offers degrees on Bachelor, Master and PhD level. Design School Kolding provides a joint design education with four directions: Communication Design, Industrial Design, Fashion and Textile Design, and Accessory Design. In addition, the teaching also contains interdisciplinary subjects within methods, aesthetics, design history, the history of science as well as form studies.
Design School Kolding has approximately 85 fulltime employees. The school offers a dynamic work environment with dedicated colleagues from many different backgrounds. The atmosphere enriches daily work and brings life to the old factory building, which is constantly changing to suit the school’s needs.
With the three overall strategic areas of welfare design, sustainability, and play and design, Design School Kolding is dedicated to improving the world through design. This also means that Design School Kolding has a strong focus on creating an education that is relevant and aimed towards future employability. Another way of strengthening the education is by having research aimed towards the four directions of the programmes, as well as towards the strategic areas. The research thus supports and develops the teaching while ensuring that there is cross-pollination between research and teaching with the researchers often using the student projects as data for their research.

We offer a dynamic, internationally oriented education and research environment with close collaborations with external actors and research environments.

The Facts
The position is a full-time position and salary is according to the current collective agreement that regulates the Danish labour market.

For the application to be considered, all three points listed below must be addressed with all mentioned materials enclosed:

· Project description of 4-6 pages. The project description should contain a letter of motivation, an account of the empirical knowledge/data which the applicant expects to use, a thesis statement, a theoretical base, methodical aspects and a brief overview of existing knowledge, and finally a preliminary research plan.
· CV of maximum 1 page.
· Diploma or alternatively a complete transcript of records (for BA and MA degrees).

In order to be considered for the position, the applicant must have, as a minimum, a two-year MA degree or have earned 120 ECTS points achieving a similar degree prior to the date of appointment.

The application and materials must be in English or Danish (alternatively in another of the Scandinavian languages).
After the application deadline, a shortlist of the most promising applications will be made, which will then be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be notified of the committee composition. When the committee has finished its review procedure, each applicant will receive an assessment of his or her application. We welcome both national and international applications with respect to the fact that Design for Play is rooted in a Danish/Scandinavian context of design and play.

Design School Kolding wishes to reflect its surrounding community and encourages anyone to apply for the position, irrespective of personal background.

For further information, please contact Research Secretary Christina Rosendahl, phone: +45 91 33 30 04 or mail: csr@dskd.dk or Acting Head of Research Anne Louise Bang, phone: +45 22 64 74 02 or mail: alb@dskd.dk

Also, please read the Design School Kolding Research Strategy: https://www.designskolenkolding.dk/sites/default/files/download/research-plan_layout_final_1.pdf or pay a visit to the school website: www.designskolenkolding.dk

The application deadline is April 7th 2017, and the expert assessment committee will convene shortly thereafter. The position is to be filled by August 1st 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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