About Design, Culture & the Arts research

School of Design, Culture & the Arts

The School of Design, Culture & the Arts (SDCA) is the hub for research.

Design, Culture & the Arts research

Dr Natasha Vall

For more information about the Institute contact:
T: 01642 384062
E: n.vall@tees.ac.uk

Design, Culture & the Arts researchis dedicated to inquiry into historical and contemporary practices. The Institute draws its membership from a range of disciplines, including researchers in history, English, creative writing, dance, fine art, design, film production, cultural studies, the history of theatre, animation, acting, journalism and radio production.

The REF 2014 results reinforced continuing strengths in History which scored particularly well in terms of research impact, in the fields of Far Right History and Regional History. 100% of work in this category was rated as having outstanding/very considerable reach and significance. The REF 2014 results also highlighted new strengths in Art and Design, in the areas of digital media, fine art and design, and in English, with a focus on Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture. 80% of the English submission was also considered to have outstanding/very considerable impact in terms of reach and significance.
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Research Groups

Activity is organised to support a long-standing centre of research excellence in History and two growing research specialisms in Art and Design and English:

Design, Culture and the Creative Arts

Find out more about the Design Culture and the Creative Arts Research Group


Find out more about the English Research Group


Find out more about our History Research Centres

Research themes

Applications from postgraduate research students are particulary welcome in the following interdisciplinary areas:

Social Design

Including areas of sustainable design practices across a broad area of design disciplines that reflects our strengths and member research interests in the design area.

Design Innovation and Thinking

As a form of transformative practice in industry and business contexts that is strongly interdisciplinary and builds on established industry and academic partnerships.

Post industrial culture and society

Builds on a platform of research excellence in regional history extending to new areas of cross-disciplinary practice aligned to the Heritage Consortium , with a focus upon cultural and social perspectives of localism, public history practice and cultural identities.

Applied Arts Practice

Situates the applied arts within broader social and cultural contexts and explores the cultural phenomenon of alternative, sustainable jewellery, accessories and fashion as an emerging global practice.

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