Art and design: history, practice and theory

REF 2014 Highlights

Grade point average increased from 2.7 in 2008 to 2.88 in 2014
100% of impact deemed 'very considerable' or 'outstanding'
100% of environment deemed internationally excellent or world leading

Research in this area is carried out in our Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, specifically in our schools of Art, Architecture, Fashion Textiles and 3D Design, Jewellery and Visual Communication. We have a world-leading research environment for the study, innovation and public dissemination of contemporary fine art, architecture, design and visual culture.

See our full UoA 34 submission on the REF website

To underpin this, we have developed an infrastructure comprising two research centres:

These centres create opportunities for sharing, collaboration and guidance for individual researchers. They are dedicated to making, exchanging and translating into everyday knowledge the techniques, methods and practices that challenge and embolden the landscape of art and design and directly influence the higher education curricula.

We also have the following research platforms:

These platforms, along with our research centres, all work towards building on the unique cultural heritage of Birmingham. Our commitment to bringing cutting-edge design innovation to the regional cultural economy is at the centre of our research philosophy.

Research Stories

Find out more about our research projects in this area.
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Research People

Meet our researchers and read more about their work.
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Research Centres

Find out about the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR).