Research and projects

Researching the future

Research at RMIT School of Design leverages creative critical practice to explore futures that are diverse, sustainable, equitable and inspiring. Our world class* group of researchers traverse the disciplines of communication, industrial and digital design to engage pressing contemporary challenges in urban futures, social innovation, information systems, material cultures and health. These interdisciplinary research areas share values that emphasise social justice, thoughtful design action and a critical engagement with place and culture. 

* ranked 5 ★, 1st in Southern Hemisphere and 12th in the world for Art and Design (World University Rankings 2019).

 

Footprints as knowing 
responding to shared places
we are shimmering

- Akama, Kerr & West, 2019

Our preferred mode of research inquiry is through collaboration with external research partners and end users. We undertake collaborative projects that range in scale from studios, where students and industry partners engage in speculative design prototyping, to Australian Research Council funded projects, national Collaborative Research Centres and global partnerships. Based in Melbourne Australia, we operate internationally through RMIT locations in Vietnam and Spain as well as through wider networks within Asia, Europe and North America.

Contact School of Design Research and Projects

Email: design.research@rmit.edu.au
 

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Research centres and groups

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program

RMIT School of Design has an internationally renowned higher degree by research (HDR) program supporting practice and thesis research across the disciplines of Communication, Digital and Industrial Design. Our leadership in creative practice research undertaken through practice-led and project based approaches supports reflective, generative and applied practice; while thesis based research supports enquiry though philosophical, historical, experimental and field studies. HDR activity is central to the intellectual life of the School of Design. HDR scholars work in close collaboration with their supervisory team, a rich community of colleagues throughout the School and University, as well as broader industry partners to in pursuit of new knowledge and ways of practicing and thinking about design. 

The School offers both PhD and Masters by Research programs to support candidates at different stages of their research career.

Prospective HDR applicants should review the School’s Guideline’s for Prospective Applicants, as well as the School of Design 2020 HDR Projects Guide.

Higher Degrees by Research enquiries: design.hdr@rmit.edu.au

Projects

Projects in the School of Design blend critical theory and design-relevant practice. Renowned scholars, researchers and students collaborate on projects in our centres, labs and groups, combining expertise across our range of design focus areas.


Featured projects

Unlocking Digital Assets

This ethnographic research project focuses on defining the relationship between humans and digital assets; what are they, how they are currently emerging as part of everyday life, how they generate or accrue value, and how they might continue to develop as part of our digital-material futures.

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Augmented Spatiality

This studio addressed how recent technological advances in computing, sensing and actuation as well as custom designed materials could be retrofitted to the visionary city of the immediate past to foster concurrent interaction in physical and virtual public space.

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My First Six Months

My First Six Months is a Project in the Industrial Design Program, School of Design at RMIT University. The focus is upon a blended, flipped and contemporary learner orientated pedagogy in three first year courses. The project asks the question: What is progressive student centred pedagogy in design education?

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Unlocking Digital Assets

This ethnographic research project focuses on defining the relationship between humans and digital assets; what are they, how they are currently emerging as part of everyday life, how they generate or accrue value, and how they might continue to develop as part of our digital-material futures.

Read more

Augmented Spatiality

This studio addressed how recent technological advances in computing, sensing and actuation as well as custom designed materials could be retrofitted to the visionary city of the immediate past to foster concurrent interaction in physical and virtual public space.

Read more

My First Six Months

My First Six Months is a Project in the Industrial Design Program, School of Design at RMIT University. The focus is upon a blended, flipped and contemporary learner orientated pedagogy in three first year courses. The project asks the question: What is progressive student centred pedagogy in design education?

Read more

Contact School of Design Research and Projects

Email: design.research@rmit.edu.au
 

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