Research strengths

Students in class at the Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab

UNSW School of the Arts & Media consistently achieves high rankings in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings. In 2018, the latest round, we rated 5 (well above world standard) for research in Studies in Creative Arts and Writing; Film, Television and Digital Media; and Performing Arts.

English and creative writing research at UNSW School of the Arts & Media explores texts and performances from various cultures and historical periods. 

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Our areas of film studies research include film and critical theory, American independent cinema, comedy, film philosophy, performance, allegory in film, documentary, and a range of national and regional cinemas.

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Research in media and communications at UNSW School of the Arts & Media addresses four broad themes: media cultures, practices, change and futures.

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Music’s diverse research strengths include modern Australian composers, expressivity in baroque performance, experimental improvisation, music in migrant communities, music studio teaching and traditional music in rural India.

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Our researchers in theatre, performance and dance studies explore contemporary theatre and dance, interdisciplinary performance studies, creative practice-as-research and performance archives.

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