Design, Culture and the Creative Arts Research Group

Art and Design

The members of the Design, Culture and the Creative Arts Research Group display a multitude of approaches to the arts, design and creative thinking. Designers, animators, film makers, art and design theorists, performing artists, fine art practitioners and new media researchers come together to facilitate debate, discourse and collaboration.

Research themes

Our three most prominent research clusters encompass:

  • Digital Media and Moving Image
  • Design
  • Fine Art

Postgraduate research student enquiries 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.
  • 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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Research impact

We recognise that the impact of our research not only depends on the quality of research outcomes, but on reaching and creating informed audiences. We see access to specialist audiences, networks, interest groups and the debates within professional fora as central to enabling and enhancing impact. We seek both to connect with wider audiences for challenging forms of contemporary practice, and engage in highly developed specialist discourses. Impact depends on revolutionary and innovative insights, but their application in the world depends on effective dissemination.


For more information see individual profiles of current members of the Design, Culture and the Creative Arts Research Group:

Visiting professors and fellows

  • Visiting Professor Tom Gutteridge, Fellow of the Royal Television Society, formerly Chair of Skillset North and is non-executive director of Northern Film & Media.
  • Visiting Fellow Richard Klein, ITV Director of Factual.

Research students

More about our research students

Get in touch

For more information about the work of the group, please contact Robert Burton Principal Lecturer in Design (Head of Section).
T: 01642 384062