Consistently recognised as a national leader in Excellence in Research for Australia reports (ERA) with 5 star ratings, UNSW Art & Design is ranked among the world’s top 30 art and design education and research institutions in the prestigious QS World University Rankings, which measure academic and employer reputation and research impact. 

UNSW Art & Design provides an outstanding postgraduate research experience on a campus located in one of Sydney’s creative arts, culture and design districts.

The Faculty’s research strengths span transdisciplinary explorations of theory and practice at the intersections of art, design and media arts. With a passionate commitment to engaging contemporary social, cultural, and environmental issues, our key research areas include immersive interactivity, creative robotics, fine art, 3D-visualisation, curating and cultural leadership, experimental sound, and visual anthropology.

These research areas are driven by research hubs and labs led by internationally renowned researchers, which include the Creative Robotics Laboratory, the Centre for Interactive Cinema (iCinema), the Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM) the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab, and the National Institute for Experimental Arts.

World-class facilities provide unique research opportunities. UNSW’s soon to be launched EPICentre (Expanded Perception and Visualisation Interaction Centre), represents the next generation in visual imaging technologies. The Centre will revolutionise 2D and 3D imaging, with ultra-high resolution photography and digital laser scanning creating immersive environments at the boundaries art, science, medicine and cultural heritage.

UNSW Art & Design supports a dynamic and stimulating series of events, including early career research seminars, conference presentations, workshops, experimental labs, talks and forums.

At the heart of our vibrant research culture are the School’s twice annual Postgraduate Conferences where research candidates present their work to colleagues in the Faculty’s research community. Postgraduate researchers can also exhibit their work in the Faculty’s ADspace and through application, in the world-class UNSW Galleries.

On campus postgraduate research students also enjoy 24 hour access to a HDR only Research Commons with spectacular views over Sydney Harbour.

To find out more explore our website and make contact with Associate Dean Research Training Dr. Michael Garbutt to learn about our application processes.

Join us at our Postgraduate Information Evening to speak to staff and current students on 13 October, or come along to the Postgraduate Conference Keynote on 7 September.