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DJCAD: The creative hub at the heart of the University of Dundee

We help our students locate themselves in the contemporary art and design landscape and acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a fast changing world. Our research pushes the boundaries of art & design practice and involves partnerships with researchers from many other disciplines. We engage with science, develop cultural narratives, explore 21st century issues such as sustainability and create concepts and content for the digital economy. In all our research DJCAD acts as a creative hub facilitating the thinking of others by visualising, curating, prototyping, speculating and mapping. The University of Dundee has been ranked in the World’s Top 20 and number one in Scotland in the 2014 International Student Barometer (ISB), the largest annual study of international students in the world.

A welcome and introduction from our Dean

The quality of our work is widely recognised

For the last two years our students have won more awards at the London New Designers exhibition than students from any other institution in the UK. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked DJCAD Number one in Scotland for world-leading research. Over the last few years DJCAD has had close associations with four nominations for the Turner prize for art, and we were delighted to see fine art graduate Susan Philipsz awarded the Turner Prize in 2010.

Our networks are truly international

Our staff exhibit their work and are part of the national collections of many of the world’s leading museums and galleries, including the V&A, TATE and MoMA, New York. We publish widely in books and international journals and regularly organise specialist conferences and symposia. We work with top companies across the globe, such as Microsoft and Deutsche Telekom. Our learning partnerships reflect the esteem in which we are held globally, with collaborations in China, Korea, India, USA, Canada & Rwanda and Erasmus student exchange agreements with 21 European institutions.

The Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum now has advanced plans for the V&A at Dundee, which will become Scotland’s leading centre for design, this development is being led by the University of Dundee in partnership with Scottish partners and the V&A. The winning architectural company for the building is the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma & Associates. This development will join the world class Dundee Contemporary Arts providing a local thriving cultural quarter within walking distance of DJCAD.

Visit us

Our open days are an excellent way for you to see DJCAD before you apply. Everyone is welcome to attend including school students, college students, parents, teachers and careers advisors.

The visit days will include scheduled talks, tours of DJCAD and the chance to speak to staff and students. The video below will give you an inside track on what to expect.

Find out more about upcoming open days


Join us in the creative hub at the heart of the University of Dundee where we are developing a unique working environment, one which you will want to be part of.