The international controversies around the proliferating PhDs in Art and Design

As you will know PhDs in Art and Design are proliferating around the planet
with vary largely varying approaches- and there is much debate around
the rigor that is not always being used in the variety of programs
the editors for this 3 year Leonardo project are Ken Friedman and Jack Ox
they bring to our attention the first articles now available- with a call
for proposals for articles
within the STEAM to STEM discussion a core issue is the very different
research and teaching techniques used in STEM as compared with Arts,
Design and Humanities.
Ken and Jack also in an introductory text overview the debates that are
ongoing and the serious issues
here is their announcement
Roger Malina

Dear Colleagues:

The MIT Press journal Leonardo has just published the first three articles in its three-year symposium on the PhD in art and design.

The articles are

Friedman, Ken, & Jack Ox. 2017. “PhD in Art & Design.” LEONARDO, Vol. 50, No. 5, pp. 515–519, 2017. doi:10.1162/LEON_e_01472

Maksymowicz, Virginia, & Blaise Tobia. 2017. “An Alternative Approach to Establishing a Studio Doctorate in Fine Art.” LEONARDO, Vol. 50, No. 5, pp. 520–525, 2017. doi:10.1162/LEON_a_01189

Zeeuw, Diane. 2017. “Case Study The Development and Evolution of the Creative Arts Practice-led PhD at the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts.” LEONARDO, Vol. 50, No. 5, pp. 526–527, 2017. doi:10.1162/LEON_a_01407

You may download copies of all three from this URL:

Please let us know if you have ideas or articles to contribute.

Ken Friedman and Jack Ox

Corresponding Editor: Jack Ox <>