The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has been recognised for its creative arts research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 64% of UCA's submission classed as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour and 93% recognised for its quality internationally.
As a specialist institution, UCA is committed to creative practice and understands research and enquiry to be at the heart of lifelong practice-led pedagogies in the creative arts. Our researchers represent a broad range of practice as artists, designers, architects, filmmakers, photographers, historians, theorists and curators. Their research leads to the creation of buildings, artworks, installations, books, articles, ceramics, exhibitions, textiles, reports, films, photographs and moving image, as such they offer a broad understanding of art and design that reaches into allied areas of the media, communication and the built environment.UCA researchers and academic staff work alongside, supervise and mentor a range of postgraduate research students working toward MPhil and PhD research degrees. Research students are central to the vitality of the research culture at UCA and their work pushes the bounds of creativity and innovation.
The University for the Creative Arts places great emphasis upon Research & Enterprise, making it one of five domains through which it articulated its new five-year Strategic Vision in 2013.
Research centres play a central role in the co-ordination of research around areas of specialist academic focus.
As a specialist university, collaboration within and beyond the university remains an essential conceptual driver for our research..
Staff research at the University for the Creative Arts
UCA Research Funds provide financial support to both established and early career researchers for the creation and the delivery of research projects..