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REF 2014 Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory

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Research at Bucks is supported through a network of subject communities known as Applied Research Groups (ARGs) which are led by Research Professors, ARGs support staff and student researchers and teaching and learning subject experts. Art & Design specialists constitute the largest research presence in the Faculty of Design, Media & Management.

The Faculty has supported three cognate Art and Design ARGs in REF 2014: Art Contexts, Practices and Debates, Furniture and Adcoms.
The Art & Design research for REF 2014 relates to the ARGs, Adcoms and Art Contexts, Practices and Debates. You can view it using the tabs on the left hand side of the page.


The University's research ambitions include:

  • supporting our specialists to attain a worldwide reputation through strategic collaborations
  • driving innovation in wider international subject communities by encouraging the growth of externally funded research centres
  • developing a track record in research of learning, teaching and knowledge acquisition

Art Contexts, Practices and Debates:
The strategic goal is to realise international potential through publications, exhibitions, creative artefacts and innovative design concepts with national and international collaborations.

Adcoms: The strategic goal is to outreach teaching internationally, to create new intelligence and production and to capitalise on research opportunities with global media groups, expanding conference presence and consultancy potential.


Primary beneficiaries from the research fall into two sectors: private businesses and public and government organisations. For the former, consultancy has been undertaken based on research outcomes, and through design innovation subsequently going to market. Companies and industry sectors also benefit from research through new or improved products and information.

Engagement may be through formal partnerships, shared conferences, and workshops for clients, specialist publications or commissioned work. Physical engagement with products is brought to the attention of commercial sectors and interested public consumers through trade fairs and product promotion, for example 100% Design, London Design Week and through web sites and sales.

We reach our public audiences through museums, cultural and heritage sectors, through TV and YouTube.
Exhibition visitors benefit from curation of artefacts resulting in new insights into culture and history of the discipline; new products brought to the attention of the public and new approaches to the history of the subject have influenced exhibition design and commentary.

Publication through books and exhibition catalogues makes research available over a longer period of time and articles written for popular specialist magazines achieve general engagement through reportage or profiling of research outcomes.

International impact has been achieved by the development of education provision through research of emergent communications industries in the Middle East; publications in international education journals enables outreach from art and design to Higher Education in other geopolitical contexts.