Welcome to the Research Institute Art & Design
Director - Professor Karen Fleming
The Research Institute for Art and Design, RIAD, represents the research and advanced scholarship of art, design and architecture carried out by over 60 academic and research staff at the University of Ulster. The majority of researchers are based on the Belfast campus with another sizeable group on the Magee Campus.
Ulster is also recognised as a leading university in knowledge exchange with industry and in academic enterprise arising from research.
The active artists, designers and researchers in RIAD are also engaged in teaching, ensuring all -important relevance and innovation in taught undergraduate and masters programmes. There is vibrant research student community with about 40 students researching for art and design PhD at any one time. Several decades of experience in groundbreaking research carried out through art practice methodologies complements historical, theoretical, philosophical and design research approaches.
Much of the art and design research is independently recognised as world leading. The research and is published and disseminated through academic formats including books journal articles and conferences including all-important digital and web publication. A large volume of RIAD research is manifest as practice and is in the public domain in exhibitions, public events, performances and is in many of he world’s leading collections and archives.
RIAD research activity is undertaken in the areas of Applied Art, Design and Fine Art. The Research Institute Art and Design has established cross-disciplinary and cross-institution scope alongside specialist and thematic research through 6 overlapping clusters of research activity:
The shared research concerns expressed in the research cluster themes ensure dynamic hubs for project generation, external grant development, event organisation with critical debate and peer review. Research Students are also engaged in these clusters
- Sign Up for Research Alerts
- Art & Design PHD Topics 2014
- Application for membership to RIAD
- RI Strategic Form
- Internal research funding - guidance notes
- Purchase requisition
- Purchase Plan Document
- Membership Criteria