Digital media at Newcastle focuses on practice-led interdisciplinary research in art and technology and creative applications of new technologies.
Staff in a number of academic schools, but in particular the School of Arts and Cultures, use digital media to develop research and teaching in art and technology, and creative applications of new technologies. They are committed to public engagement, participation and collective action and they have published, exhibited and performed at arts centres, festivals and conferences worldwide.
The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 classed 85 per cent of our research in art and design as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, placing us in the top five universities in the UK in terms of research quality. Research projects in digital media have been funded by grants from bodies such as the UK research councils, the Arts Council, and the European Commission. We also have links with a number of international institutions devoted to technology and arts research and practice. Staff and students are based in a number of locations across the School including Culture Lab, an on-campus interdisciplinary research facility and world-class art and technology centre. It provides an environment where academics, postgraduates and practitioners can work creatively and step outside traditional subject boundaries.
Students on the PhD programme come from a range of degree subjects including languages, film, music, art history, fine art, multimedia technology and computing. Some are artists and professionals who may not have a degree but do have significant experience.
If you choose to do a PhD, we can offer a broad spectrum of opportunities including interactive/generative art, digital performance, interaction design, digital film, imaging and music. A new, digital-focused MA in Creative Arts Practice, that draws on teaching from a variety of subject areas (including Fine Art, Film, Music, Architecture and Creative Writing), has recently been approved and we will be teaching the first cohort of students in the 2012–13 academic year.