At its 80th sitting, the University Council approved the Doctor of Philosophy in Design and Visual Culture following a report from the Senate’s 3rd Session of the 61st meeting held on 10th April 2018, which received and considered the programme from Faculty of Vocational Studies, Department of Art and Industrial Design.

This Doctorate programme is an exploration of the interactions among eye, mind and image. It includes scientific, philosophical and practical approaches to understanding man and his surroundings. The programme is intrinsically interdisciplinary and innovative and shall employ visualization as a tool in man’s evolution. It aims at expanding how we see ourselves, our immediate surroundings and our world in regard to an orderly and sustainable development using multidisciplinary approaches in Design and Visual culture that promote theory, practice and culture using analytical visual lens. This programme provides an opportunity for students to specialize in either Visual Studies or Visual Anthropology.

It is a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of four (4) years programme where the first year shall be dedicated to coursework and proposal writing. For this PhD programme, tuition shall be UGX 5,000,000 (five million) per semester for East Africans and 8,000,000/= (eight million) for other nationals plus the mandatory functional fees. The programme targets individuals who have Masters Degrees in Design and Industrial Design, Art history, Fine Art, Performing arts, Architecture, Material Culture, Curatorship, Museology, History, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Public health. It is anchored on the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4, 8,9,11 & 15, African Union Agenda 2063, NDP (II) and Kyambogo Vision and Mission. It will be privately funded from the donor and private sponsorship and it will run with effect from the Academic Year 2018/2019.