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Learn how our highly regarded research drives dialogue across the communication and creative arts sectors. Get to know our research centres and groups and become a partner – we collaborate with government, industry and community.

Choose Deakin for communication and creative arts research

The School of Communication and Creative Arts is a leader in socially engaged and impactful research. Our research spans media and communication, literary and cultural studies, and creative, digital and performing arts.

Choose between a Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) to further your skills and contribute to the knowledge in your field. Our expert staff include award-winning and internationally renowned artists, writers and performers, and leading published scholars.

Discover our research strengths and find a supervisor

Do you want to contribute new ideas that make a lasting impact? When you study postdoctoral research at the School of Communication and Creative Arts, you'll be supported by world-renowned researchers who conduct research across several discipline areas. Deakin researchers rank in the top 1% for global impact, so you can rest assured that you’ll be learning from the best in your field.

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World-class research

Research at Deakin ranks well above world standard for studies in communications and creative arts. This ranking reflects our course quality, cutting-edge facilities, leading academics and outstanding graduate outcomes.

My PhD explores the way cinema illuminates the human condition, such as love, loss, memory, forgiveness that may have been lost or silenced within the frantic pace of contemporary life. The support and knowledge of my supervision panel has been invaluable, helping me to grow as a student, individual and young researcher.

Oscar Bloomfield

PhD student in School of Communication and Creative Arts

Our research centres and groups

The School of Communication and Creative Arts researchers are active across the Faculty of Arts and Education and lead the following research centre and groups.

Deakin Motion Lab

This centre is an interdisciplinary research and knowledge community focused on digital screen experiences. Co-convened by Professor Stefan Greuter and Associate Professor Victoria Duckett.

Critical Digital Infrastructures and Interfaces

This group is concerned with understanding the digital infrastructures that connect societies to develop critiques of these connections. Co-convened by Associate Professor Toija Cinque and Dr Luke Heemsbergen.

Advancing Rural, Regional Culture and Society

This group explores the future sustainability and resilience of regional environments and communities in the face of overarching social, environmental, educational and economic challenges. Co-convened by Professor Kristy Hess, Professor Emily Potter and Dr Gabi Mocatta.

Asian Media, Culture and Society Research

This group draws on scholars from across the arts, social science and humanities disciplines, who work in both national and transnational Asian contexts. Co-convened by Professor Sean Redmond and Dr Jian Xu.

Public Exchange Bureau

This school group seeks to investigate how pan-disciplinary creative research can build new and important connections with community and industry stakeholders with a specific focus on resilience, wellbeing, aesthetic innovation and diversity. Co-convened by Professor David Cross and Dr Katie Lee.

Reading Writing Futures

This school group investigates the role that practices of writing and reading have played in developing social and cultural transformation and how we can build on these to imagine possible futures. Co-convened by Professor Ann Vickery and Dr Andrew Dean.

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Reach your full potential and achieve your career goals with the support of a research degree or PhD scholarship. Our top scholarships recognise and reward students from a range of backgrounds and interest areas.

Featured projects

Public art and climate change awareness

Dr Fiona Hillary shares how a PhD in public art enabled her to create an immersive 360-degree experience encouraging audiences to consider their implication in climate change.

Deakin Motion Lab

Deakin Motion Lab focuses on three areas of emerging technology research within the visual arts industries. Each of the projects showcase research in virtual production, participatory screen, and immersive realities.

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Contact us

Get in touch if you have any questions regarding research in the School of Communication and Creative Arts.

General research enquiries
Professor Emily Potter, Associate Head of School (Research)
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Higher degree by research enquiries
Associate Professor Kristin Demetrious, HDR Coordinator   
Email Associate Professor Demetrious