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Art, Technology and Design

The doctoral programme in Art, Technology and Design is a joint venture between KTH and Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design), launched in 2014 with the aim to strengthen the exchange between artistic and scientific forms of knowledge. Art, Technology and Design is an emerging research area shaped by dynamic encounters between different perspectives with a strong focus on interdisciplinary exchange and concrete materialisations.

Doctoral research and education within the programme may draw on theories and methods from a wide variety of fields – architecture, the fine arts, crafts, design, planning, technology, engineering, materials science etc. – to advance innovative and critical new approaches towards the many challenges riddling societies in the 21st c. The programme resides on the belief that we need to rethink the relationship between the individual, society and the environment in order to create the means for a sustainable future development. The political, social, and philosophical imaginaries inherent to this visionary call constitute the backbone of the programme, where the practices of making combine with advanced epistemological and methodological perspectives in holistic and process-oriented investigations.

PhD students in the programme are registered at KTH but conduct their daily practice at Konstfack. Besides fulfilling the educational programme composed of courses, seminars and workshops, students pursue their own individual research projects that draw on the shared resources of KTH and Konstfack. The programme offers great opportunities for interaction with researchers and PhD students in neighbouring knowledge areas, as well as for collaborations with external partners such as from the cultural sphere, industry and trade, and the public sector. The programme is informally run in association with a joint centre formation between KTH and Konstfack, carrying further opportunities for development and exchange within and beyond the academic sphere.