The Creative Arts Academic Subject Cluster incorporates the broad sweep of Design, Music, Drama, Dance, Architecture, Visual Arts and Culture. Each is an area of research strength in one or more of the White Rose institutions.
In Drama and Dance, Sheffield and York’s expertise in historical theatre complement those of Leeds in contemporary performance. There is a tradition of interdisciplinary co-supervision in these areas, together with significant overlaps with Media.
In Music, the White Rose boasts three strong research departments at Leeds, Sheffield and York, with world-class facilities (e.g. York’s Music Research Centre), robust partnerships to support performance and composition (e.g. Leeds and Opera North), and an existing record of consortium activity (e.g. Sheffield’s involvement in the Music Preserved archive at York). There is increasing activity across all three institutions in other areas, including Music Psychology and Computer Music.
In Visual Arts and Culture there are particular strengths at Leeds, including partnerships with organisations such as the Henry Moore Institute. There is significant potential for collaboration across the White Rose institutions in subjects including Aesthetics, Cultural & Museum Studies, and Postcolonial Studies.
Design has a strong profile at Leeds, with synergies across all three White Rose institutions, e.g. with Health Sciences and Complex Systems Analysis at York. The Leeds’ International Textiles Archive is a major research resource. Design at Sheffield is represented in Architecture, where Computation, Digital Design and Innovation is one of four key research clusters. The Creative Arts cluster encourages research applications that are both discipline-specific and inter/multi-disciplinary in nature.