At UCA, we're proud to say that research is one of our biggest strengths.
Our vibrant community is home to seven world-leading research centres that span creative disciplines from crafts to design to animation. Meanwhile, our research degrees give graduates an unparalleled opportunity to work alongside renowned creative experts, combining theoretical study and creative practice in an environment that offers industry-grade creative facilities.
All of UCA's specialist Schools have vibrant research cultures, and we're also home to a range of research centres and clusters. Find out more about them below.
Research in our School of Architecture aims to directly inform both teaching and professional practice in the field. Recent projects include Gabor Stark's study of Art in the Expanded Public Field, and Sam McElhinney's development of the Isovist spatial analysis software.
Find out more about the School of Architecture
Opened in 2018, our growing Business School for the Creative Industries is home to our Centre for Sustainable Design, and is working to build emerging research specialisms in a few other key areas.
Find out more about the Business School for the Creative Industries
Our School of Crafts and Design is home to an active community of maker-researchers. Led by Professor Colin Holden, the researchers based here are experts in a diverse range of fields from Ceramics to Silversmithing, Textiles to Product and Interior Design.
The School is also home to our International Textile Research Centre and Crafts Study Centre.
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UCA's School of Fashion and Textiles is developing its research plans as it moves into an exciting new phase. Recent projects include Chris Rutter and Evelyn Bennett's Light Dial performance project, Neil Bottle's All That Remains textile design work and Shelly Goldsmith's exploration of psychological theory through garments in Locus of the Dress.
Find out more about the School of Fashion and Textiles
Our School of Fine Art and Photography supports research across a range of disciplines. It has a dedicated research centre that captures and contributes to pressing debates in the fields of Fine Art, Photography and Visual Communication, and to education in these areas. International research projects based here include, ‘Fast Forward: Women in Photography’ and postdigital publishing platform ‘The BookRoom’.
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Research work in this school is focused on establishing links between theory and practice. Its projects include Dr Stephen Connolly's Machine Space film and performance project, and Maren Hahnfeld's Eden films.
The School is also home to our renowned Animation Research Centre.
Find out more about the School of Film, Media and Performing Arts
Our Animation Research Centre explores animation in all its forms through archive research, conferences, exhibitions, academic publishing and investigations into immersive technology, block chain and movement capture.
Our Crafts Study Centre (CSC) is an internationally recognised museum of contemporary craft and crafts research hub.
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Our Centre for Digital Scholarship investigates the challenges facing digital infrastructure, curation and engagement with digital resources in the visual arts.
The centre runs the The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), and explores how new and emerging technologies can enhance learning, teaching and research in the visual arts and beyond.
Find out more about the Centre for Digital Scholarship
Our International Textile Research Centre works to develop networks between contemporary textiles practitioners in the UK, Japan and across the world.
Find out more about the International Textile Research Centre
The Centre for Sustainable Design organises conferences, workshops and training programmes focused on sustainable innovation and product sustainability. It is based within our Business School for the Creative Industries.
Find out more about the Centre for Sustainable Design
Practitioners in this cluster are responding to marginalised and complex narratives and challenging dominant ones. Here, filmmaking is a tool for attention, investigation and imagination.
Find out more about the Cluster for Cinema/Affect/Place
Our latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results make impressive reading.