UOW Creative Arts: Practice-based Research
The Faculty of Creative Arts at UOW is one of the few multi-disciplinary faculties in the country that encompasses both pure and applied research across the visual, performing and media arts, creative writing and journalism, as well as their interdisciplinary variants. Its mission is to inspire creative thinking, learning and art practices through a nationally significant, multi-disciplinary education and research in contemporary creative arts. The Faculty of Creative Arts continues to play an important and visible role in this robust research environment. Its focus on multidisciplinary intersections such technological and theoretical skills, project management capabilities, professional links and the fostering of deeper creative explorations are profoundly connected to scholarship, recognising the key role that creative and performing art practices can play in the contemporary Australian research environment. Achievements in these areas can be characterised in terms of their standing in both national and international arenas, evidenced through ongoing recognition from the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, the Australia Council for the Arts, in the form of Fellowships, studio residencies and project funding, and a range of quality artistic outcomes undertaken in peer-reviewed or equivalent venues and fora.
To view details of current Creative Arts research visit the Faculty of Creative Arts Research Online Selected Works Gallery
Research Degrees We Offer
Information for Students
Support for Higher Degree Research Students
The Faculty of Creative Arts offers three financial support schemes for Higher Degree Research Students:
- Student Research Project Funding Scheme
- Student Conference and Event Funding Scheme
- Student Research Support Scheme
Support for Research Staff
The Faculty's Artist-in-Residence program offers opportunities for creative researchers to spend time in the Faculty to work on their research and to collaborate with other researchers.
To apply for a research residency please email an expression of interest to the Associate Dean, Research, Creative and Professional Practice
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
The Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia Initiative (ERA) initiative assesses research quality within Australia's universities using a combination of indicators (such as publications, research income, esteem/applied measures) and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts. The results of ERA 2012 placed the Faculty of Creative Arts’ research quality in Visual Arts and Crafts at “above world standard” and Performing Arts and Creative Writing “above world standard.” The Faculty received an overall rating of "above world standard."
Faculty Research Committee
Faculty Research Committees (FRC) play a key role in research management at UoW, serving as the primary link between the University Research Committee (URC) and its various committees and the research and research training activities within the faculties. FRCs are pivotal in the dissemination and implementation of policies and procedures concerning research and higher degree research supervision and the selection mechanisms for URC research and postgraduate awards. Beyond this, FRCs may also act within faculties to promote and develop research excellence. For more information on University of Wollongong Faculty Reseaech Committees visit the UOW Faculty Research Committeess page
Current Faculty Research Committee members:
- Professor Sarah Miller (Chair) - Associate Dean, Research, Creative and Professional Practice
- Professor Amanda Lawson - Dean, Faculty of Creative Arts
- Professor Catherine Cole, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Creative Arts
- Associate Professor David Vance, Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning & Sub Dean
- Associate Professor Brogan Bunt, Head of Postgraduate Studies
- Professor Ian McLean, Research Professor, Visual Arts
- Dr Shady Cosgrove, Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing
- Dr Margaret Hamilton, Lecturer, Performance and Theatre
- Dr Su Ballard, Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts
- Ms Kim Williams, Higher Degree Research Student Representative
Contemporary Arts + Social Transformation (CAST)
The Strategic Research group Contemporary Arts + Social Transformation (CAST) seeks to enable and develop - as well as provide a focus for - high calibre creative research encompassing the visual, media and performing arts, as well as their interdisciplinary variants. CAST also supports writing as a creative practice, particularly as it interacts with other art form and discipline areas. CAST supports the development of creative research that is of national and international standing, alongside rigorous intellectual inquiry and ‘traditional’ scholarly research.
Institute for Social Transformation Research (ISTR)
The Institute for Social Transformation Research brings together scholars who are at the cutting edge of creative and community‐engaged research in the humanities, creative arts and social sciences, with a shared focus on understanding the impact of these changes on the pace of social and cultural transformation in our region and across the globe. ISTR aims to build Australia’s capacity to understand and engage with the globalising forces that are increasingly technologically mediated, but that continue to be configured by spatial, economic and temporal constraints.
Faculty of Creative Arts staff members who are currently members of CAST and ISTR are:
- Professor Amanda Lawson
- Professor Catherine Cole
- Professor Sarah Miller
- Associate Professor Brogan Bunt
- Professor Ian McLean
- Professor Stephen Tanner
- Jacky Redgate
- Derek Kreckler
More information about ISTR can be found on the ISTR web site.
Image credit: Derek Kreckler (2011) “untitled” (detail), series Big Wave Hunting 2011