Our Research

The School of the Arts and Media (SAM) is distinguished by contemporary and interdisciplinary scholarship in the creative and performing arts and humanities. In the 2012 Excellence for Research in Australia Report our research in Performing Arts and Creative Writing; and Film, Television and Digital Media received the maximum score of five and was rated in the top category - outstanding performance well above world standard. These results cement SAM as a national leader in these research fields. The School has an exceptional record of scholarly achievement in English Literature and Cultural Studies with academic staff comprising Australia Research Council Postdoctoral, Future and Professorial Fellows.

The School of the Arts and Media has achieved excellent results in the last Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2018-2019) round. We were rated 5, well above international standards, for research output in specialist studies in Creative Arts, Writing and Film Studies.

With prominent academic staff, innovative teaching and state-of-the-art facilities the school produces research that is relevant, influential and engaging. 

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SAM Cells

SAM Cells are small cross disciplinary research groups that contribute directly to enhancing the School's outreach capacity and address aspects of the UNSW strategic plan.

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Media Research Nodes

The Media Research Nodes based in SAM are small clusters that include members from other Schools and Faculties. The Nodes are as follows: Digital Media (convened by Kath Albury); Transdisciplinary approaches to Media (convened by Andrew Murphie); Systemic Functional Linguistics (convened by Peter White); and Asian/Other media cultures (convened by Ramaswami Harindranath).

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