1st in Australia for Performing Arts

We have ranked 1st in Australia for Performing Arts and 35th in the world for Architecture and Built Environment, in the 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab
  • Top 20

    QS World University Rankings, 2024

  • Most
    employable students

    AFR Top100 Future Leaders Awards, 2023

  • Top 5
    in Australia for Arts and Humanities

    QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2023

Discover, be inspired by, and learn more about the problems we are solving at ADA.

Our community of ADA researchers engage across generations, polities, continents, languages and cultures. With our partners, we work to reimagine, design and deliver sustainable, healthy and socially just futures for all life on earth.

Explore the articles, videos and newly-released digital book within the Creating Impact series, a showcase of the diverse ways ADA researchers are driving change.  

Partner with us and help build a better future for all. Change starts now. 

Study with us

We have a diverse range of disciplines where you’ll develop unique and career-ready skills. Together, we’ll turn creativity and critical thinking into real-life solutions.

With us, you’ll challenge and be challenged to push the way you think about people, places and cultures. You’ll thrive in an open, supportive and inclusive community that encourages and celebrates your difference.

Our impact

Commitment to Indigenous communities

Arts, Design & Architecture is committed to creating a faculty where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff feel culturally safe and supported to pursue their dreams and goals.

Creating impact

Find out more about our research impact over the last few years through this series of stories highlighting the rich diversity of approaches and achievements among ADA researchers.


These world leaders provide thought leadership in their respective fields. Chairs deliver innovative education, cutting-edge research and global knowledge exchange.

Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub is a space for creativity, inclusion, collaboration and problem solving. It’s a space where experts, students and professionals come together.

Matraville Education Partnership

This exciting first-of-its-kind school-based university education program delivers a range of educational opportunities for the school and its community.

Research centres & institutes

Our research centres and institutes conduct high-impact research. We address major issues in diverse areas such as education, social policy, arts, urban research and more.

Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW Sydney’s Kensington and Paddington campuses are built on Aboriginal Lands.

We pay our respects to the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples who are the Custodians of these lands. We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians, whose lands, winds and waters we all now share, and pay respect to their unique values, and their continuing and enduring cultures which deepen and enrich the life of our nation and communities.

As a community, UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have survived and thrived through centuries of systemic injustice, exclusion, and erasure. As a new faculty, it is our priority to develop an Indigenous Strategy that is collaboratively developed, productive and purposeful to affect long-term change in the educational outcomes of Indigenous students and the intellectual and cultural integrity of Indigenous teaching and research across the faculty. 

Read more about UNSW’s Indigenous Strategy. Please get in touch to be part of these developments and stay tuned as we share more information about our Indigenous Strategy.

Artwork by Leilani Tallulah Knight, “U going to listen now?”, 2021

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