Leaders in art and design research
As part of a leading Australian research-intensive university, UNSW Art & Design is at the forefront of innovation and creativity.
Our faculty is an internationally recognised centre for arts-led transdisciplinary research in science and technology and our strengths span Art Theory and Criticism; Film, Television and Digital Media; Visual Arts and Crafts.
UNSW Art & Design has won more Australian Research Council funding than any other art and design institution nationally. With this funding we have initiated pioneering research programs in immersive interactive environments, visualisation, robotics, art and politics, Indigenous knowledge and global issues.
Founded by Professor Dennis Del Favero, UNSW's iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, was established in 2002, as a multi-faculty centre spanning the Faculties of Art & Design, Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering and Science and the independent National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). The Centre's principal focus is interdisciplinary creative arts, engineering, humanities and science research into immersive interactivity.
Over a number of years UNSW Art & Design also hosted the pioneering Holography and Haptics Lab led by acclaimed artist and researcher Professor Paula Dawson.
In 2010 the National Institute for Experimental Art (NIEA) was developed by Professor Ross Harley (now Dean) and Professor Jill Bennett.
Founded in 2013 by Associate Professor Mari Velonaki, UNSW's Creative Robotics Lab aims to provide a structured environment that facilitates the creation of experimental interfaces that promote interactivity in physical spaces. The Creative Robotics Lab is established in partnership with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney and the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) with UNSW Sydney.
Established in 2014 by Associate Professor John McGhee, UNSW Art & Design's 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab is an award-winning cross-disciplinary research hub that explores arts-led approaches for visualising complex scientific and biomedical scan data.
Located at the UNSW Art & Design campus the EPICentre (Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre) has operated since 2016 and is a shared UNSW research centre that undertakes visualisation research in the fields of art, design, science, medicine and engineering. The most advanced facility of its kind, UNSW's EPICentre represents the next generation in medical imaging technologies, engineering, high-performance visualisation, simulations and applied artificial intelligence. This groundbreaking new interdisciplinary Centre applies integrated design thinking and a interdisciplinary approaches to research to enable scientists to see their research data in real time and three dimensions.
Collaborating with a network of national and international universities, research centres and corporate partners, UNSW Art & Design initiates and drives creative transdisciplinary research that aims to address global issues.
Among other research groups and collaborations UNSW Art & Design houses the following centres, labs and programs:
- National Institute for Experimental Art (NIEA)
- iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research
- Creative Robotics Lab
- Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGlam)
- 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab
- Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics
- Environmental Research Initiative for Art (ERIA)