Art and Design subjects remain world’s best

Art and Design subjects remain world’s best

RMIT has eight subject areas ranked in the top 100 globally in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Four subjects retained their place in the top 50 with Art and Design also maintaining its number one position in Australia. 

Other standout results included Architecture and the Built Environment, ranked second in Australia and 25th globally, Communication and Media Studies, 4th in Australia and 42nd globally and Library & Information Management coming in at 2nd in Australia and 29th globally.

RMIT also had a further four subjects in the 51-100 band, four in the 101-150 band and another four in the 151-200 band, making 16 subject areas ranked in the Top 200 globally.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Alec Cameron said the rankings reflected the University’s commitment to quality teaching, connections to industry and outstanding learning and research. 

“We are proud of our standing as an innovative university of technology, design and enterprise,” Cameron said. 

“These latest results confirm RMIT’s continued competitiveness both globally and locally.”

World-leading in our arts and humanities strengths 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President, Professor Tim Marshall said the latest results confirmed RMIT’s global reputation for excellence in subjects across its Arts and Humanities offerings.

“These results are testament to RMIT’s enviable standing in the areas of Architecture and Built Environment, Art and Design and Communications and Media studies, Marshall said.

“We are delighted to be recognised both here in Australia and internationally for the quality of our high-calibre teaching and research practices across these diverse, innovative and industry-connected programs in our College of Design and Social Context.”

Subjects in the Top 100 globally

RMIT’s eight subjects ranked in the top 100 globally were Art and Design, Architecture and the Built Environment, Communication and Media Studies, Library and Information Management, Engineering – Civil and Structural, Development Studies, Geography and Materials Science.

RMIT is ranked among the world’s top universities in 28 of 45 assessed subject areas featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject its biggest ever world university rankings by subject, covering 54 subject areas across 1,602 institutions from 93 countries. This thirteenth edition of the rankings combine feedback from academics and employers worldwide and assess academic impact, as measured by citations and the H-index.


Story by: Karen Phelan and Angel Calderon


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