The Doctoral Programme in Design and Communication promotes high-level research related to the disciplines of design and communication.

About the programme

This programme encourages and accompanies the realisation of rigorous and creative doctoral theses based on design projects. It has been created with an awareness of the importance that research and experimentation in design have both as academic practices and as environments for thinking and creating worlds.

On the other hand, close links that are established between design and other spheres of knowledge and with the communication sector in particular, offer an opportunity to enrich this research not only in technological or industrial terms, but also by delving into its philosophical, social, political, cultural and artistic dimensions.

To this end, the program periodically holds doctoral training workshops and seminars; offers advice and tutoring for doctoral theses in progress; organizes monitoring and evaluation commissions for the different projects; and works actively to connect the doctoral community with research and knowledge transfer projects.

The program promotes material and conceptual experimentation, the exploration of new languages and research methods, and the ability to hybridize critical and creative practices. By opening up ways of researching and learning from and within design and communication projects, the program is pioneer in the promotion of this type of thesis.

The program currently has ten annual vacancies. All candidates must submit a research project proposal, which will be evaluated by a committee that will take place every year at the end of September.
Doctoral students who enter the program will be associated with five research groups consolidated by the Generalitat de Catalunya, in which they can register doctoral theses and develop research projects: Translation Audiovisual, Communication and Territory (TRACTE), Learning Media and Social Interactions (LMI), Educational Research Group (GREUV), Institute of Political Materialities (IMP) and Research Group on Design and Social Transformation (GREDITS).

PhD Unit

The BAU Doctoral Unit organises the academic and administrative management of the activities involved in doctoral studies, and was created with the aim of supporting and promoting the doctoral theses being developed at the centre. It is a space created to foster research, facilitate the exchange of knowledge and promote cooperation between the BAU research community.

Career opportunities

The main professional opportunities on this doctoral programme are as follows:

  • Research in the specific areas of the doctoral programme (public or private institutions).
  • Teaching in the specific areas of the doctoral programme (public or private institutions).
  • Employment in public institutions/administrations (local, state or international level).
  • Employment in private institutions/companies in the specific areas of the programme.

Access, admission and enrolment

If you wish to do a PhD at BAU, we recommend that you first contact us for an initial tutorial, make a proposal and assess its suitability for the programme.

Once the proposal has been validated, you must create a research plan, which will be evaluated by a doctoral committee. You must also attach the additional documentation specified in the pre-enrolment process.

The dates for pre-registration for the course are:

  • Pre-registration: from 8 to 12 January 2024
  • Admission: 29 January to 9 February 2024

The admission and enrolment process for the Doctoral Programme in Design and Communication is carried out through the Doctoral School of the UVIC-UCC.