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Leading field-defining research for real-world outcomes, across creative practice, design, digital media and communication.

Create, communicate, design

As the world’s first Creative Industries Faculty, we are global leaders in experimentation, innovation and commercial development in creative practice, design and digital media.

QUT journalism academic Dr TJ Thomson, a member of the Digital Media Research Centre.

Our research centres

Our three specialist research centres focus on solving real world problems across digital media, creative practice and design.

Creative Lab

The QUT Creative Lab builds high impact, transdisciplinary research in the key priority areas of the performing and screen arts, and creative practice.

Design Lab

The QUT Design Lab drives Change by Design through collaborative and transdisciplinary design-led research across future technologies, community and health.

Digital Media Research Centre

The Digital Media Research Centre conducts world-leading research for a creative, inclusive and fair digital media environment.

Kate Eltham and Professor Greg Hearn will work with you to match you with our industry leading experts.

Partner with us

We can work with you to develop innovative world-class solutions in your business and address industry challenges.

We can support you to:

  • Drive research and development in your organisation or industry sector
  • Develop new approaches to innovation to thrive in a changing environment
  • Scale commercial opportunities for investment and new markets
  • Evaluate your social and economic impact
  • Access thought-leadership and policy insights in digital media, design, creative economy and innovation

For enquiries on working with us contact Kate Eltham via:

Our vibrant postgraduate community contributes towards a collaborative, cross-disciplinary and industry focused approach to research – pushing the boundaries of knowledge in the creative industries.

Depending on your interests, career aspirations and entry qualifications you can apply for one of three research degrees:

See our degrees
PhD student and 2018 Australian/Vogel Literary Award winner Emily O'Grady.

Master of Philosophy

1.5 years full time

Gain creative industries research skills by building upon your existing tertiary studies. Depending on your aspirations, this degree will strengthen your future career opportunities or set up your pathway to advance to a PhD.

Our MPhil

Doctor of Philosophy

3 years full time

Explore real-world issues and develop new theories, methodologies and models that could contribute to significant improvements in the creative industries. This doctorate is a continuation of your postgraduate research journey that advances ideas from your Master of Philosophy or honours program.

Our PhD

Doctor of Creative Industries

3 years full time

Establish your standing as an industry leader in the creative industries through sustained investigation of your field by engaging in cutting-edge theory and practice.


Contact us

Email us with any general research enquiries.