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Art and Design History MA: Research areas

The Contemporary Art Research Centre explores innovation in contemporary fine art, focusing on:

  • art and social context;
  • art and technology;
  • art and epistemology; and
  • art and materiality.

The Design Research Centre provides a creative environment for researchers engaging with the cultural, environmental and presentational contexts of design practice in its widest sense. Research in this diverse area is developed through five interrelated areas:

  • Curating the contemporary – focusing on new initiatives and perspectives on curating, including the interface between design, craft and fine art;
  • Design innovation – focusing on the presentational contexts of contemporary design practice;
  • Design for environments – including design for wellbeing, health and micro-environments, as well as spatial, aesthetic and critical enquiries into building typologies and cultural analysis of urban and leisure environments;
  • Design for screen – focusing on interdisciplinary and practice-based enquiries into screen-based media; and
  • Sustainability – multidisciplinary design research into issues of environmental protection and social justice.

The Visual and Material Culture Research Centre focuses on the practice, histories, and theories of modern and contemporary visual, spatial and material culture. This encompasses:

  • art, design, film and architectural practice;
  • art and design criticism; and
  • the history and theory of visual and material culture.

Since 1997, the group has organised a series of conferences and symposia in collaboration with major London museums and galleries.

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