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Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

The Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications combines creative and cultural disciplines within an interdisciplinary environment embracing arts, humanities, social sciences and technology. We promote research and student education in an environment of methodological innovation aiming for excellence in critical, historiographical, theoretical and practice-based modes of inquiry. We undertake research that is interdisciplinary and collaborative as well as supporting the work of the individual scholar.

Our five schools champion intellectual achievement in the fields of Design, Fine Art, Histories of Art and Cultural Studies, Media and Communication, Music, and Performance and the Cultural Industries, creating an environment that fosters intellectual and creative risk-taking. Current areas of research with cross-faculty participation include: digital humanities (especially in the fields of social media and archives); heritage and accessing the past; digital performance (across theatre, music and a range of live art contexts); citizenship and communication; critical humanities; cultural co-creation and user-centred design processes; medical humanities and, critical cultural policy studies. These are underpinned by a broad, deep and rich portfolio of individual and group research interests.

The Faculty enjoys an enviable reputation for innovation in engaging a range of communities (public, industry, community and policy) in research through a systematic programme of knowledge exchange supported by its dedicated Culture, Society and Innovation Hub and the Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange which it shares with its sister, the Faculty of Arts. We enjoy a wide range of partnerships with external organisations across the breadth of creative and cultural disciplines. Our extensive range of creative exhibition and performance spaces provide important sites for the development and exhibition of research, student education and knowledge exchange.

The Faculty consists of five schools: