Research in the Creative Arts

Over half of the research undertaken in the School of Creative Arts is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The rest is ‘internationally recognised’ or ‘recognised nationally’, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014).

We offer one of the most diverse ranges of Research Degree programmes in the UK and beyond. Our staff and research students work in a wide range of disciplines in the creative arts, including fine and applied arts, art therapy, film, television and games design, art and design history, music composition and media studies. Our students contribute to their disciplines at the very highest level.

The Contemporary Arts Practice group is composed of fine artists, composers and other practitioners. Members produce exhibitions, performances and live events.
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The Design Research Group is a multi-disciplinary research unit that explores the possibilities of design, 3D printing, creativity, making, technology, science, business and art through theory and practice.
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The Digital Hack Lab is a cutting edge research project that explores the possibilities of design, 3D printing and additive manufacture.
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The Media Research Group (MRG) comprises photographers, animators, comic designers, performers, interactive, digital, trans-media and inter-media specialists, video game, film and TV practitioners and theorists as well as media and cultural studies scholars.
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TVAD is a trans-disciplinary research group which calls upon a range of methodologies to explore relationships between text, narrative and image within fine and applied arts, design, film, and digital media.
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