Imagine a dynamic community of leading artists and designers, researchers and scholars, at the forefront creative practice and research, with access to an unmatched array of state-of-the-art studios, workshops, production facilities, labs and creative research centres.

Regularly recognised as a national leader in Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reports, UNSW Art & Design is also ranked among the world’s top art and design institutes by the QS World University Rankings, which evaluates research impact, employer and academic reputation.

UNSW Art & Design offers an outstanding postgraduate research experience on our dedicated campus located in inner city Sydney’s arts and design district.

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

These research areas are driven by research hubs including the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab; the Centre for Interactive Cinema (iCinema); the Creative Robotics Laboratory; the Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMplus) and the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).

World-class facilities at UNSW Art & Design provide postgraduate researchers with unique research opportunities. EPICentre, the Expanded Perception and Visualisation Interaction Centre, now in the final stages of construction, represents the next generation in medical imaging technologies. It will revolutionise 2D and 3D imaging, with ultra-high resolution photography and digital laser scanning, creating immersive environments at the boundaries of art, science and medicine.

The Faculty’s postgraduate research culture and environment supports a dynamic series of events, including early career research seminars, conference presentations, workshops, experimental labs, talks and forums. At the heart of this vibrant culture are the Postgraduate Conferences where students present their research to colleagues in the Faculty’s research community. 

Postgraduate researchers can exhibit their work in the Faculty’s gallery ADspace and, through competitive application, in the world-class UNSW Galleries. Post Graduate Research student also have 24 hour access to a Research Commons with spectacular views across Sydney Harbour. 

For further information including one-to-one advice and guidance about opportunities at UNSW including scholarships and supervisors please join us at our Postgraduate Information Evening on 13 October, book a campus tour or explore the coursework and research degree possibilities online.