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Overview of Research at MICA

In the last two decades, there has been much excitement about and development in the ‘creative industries' and a greater appreciation of the role of creative professionals in a changing new economy.

Research in art and design has come to represent a recognized driver of innovation and creative, competitive advantage in this new economy. Building on its international reputation as a leading school of art and design MICA is poised to play an exemplary role in the development of research in art and design.

Similar to how it is defined in the sciences, research in art and design is understood as original investigation that leads to the generation of new knowledge, advancement of scholarship, invention and creation of new ideas, images, experiences and artifacts and lastly, innovative use of existing knowledge. While the specific methodologies, philosophical assumptions, motivations and outcomes of research in art and design might differ from those found in the sciences, the scholarly merit, methodological rigor, socio-cultural relevance and innovative quality is often comparable. With the changing research climate that emphasizes interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches and teams to solve complex problems, the transferable skills and knowledge of artists and designers who are particularly adept at collaborative research have come to be considered especially critical. A greater understanding of the relationship between innovation and creative practitioners has also increased the interest in the research processes and outcomes of artists and designers.

Research at MICA is a strategic priority and we aim to enable our community of students and faculty, to engage in systematic and sustained research activities in art and design. In addition to dedicated research centers that will carry out research in specific issues, there are various curricula-related initiatives that enable students to participate in project-based research experiences where they understand research processes, tackle real-world problems in partnership with community and industries, collaborate in interdisciplinary teams, learn to translate and transfer their ideas into tangible outcomes and most importantly, become creative practitioners who are both reflexive and independent. The college works on many of these research projects in collaboration with an extensive list of community, industry, university, and government partners.