Research in art and design

Our creative-led research in art and design covers a broad range of disciplines. Visual artists, spatial and fashion designers, film makers and more come together to explore broad notions of art and design through a variety of research projects.

Research disciplines

  • Visual arts
  • Graphic design
  • Spatial design
  • Product design
  • Digital design
  • Fashion and textile design

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Assoc Prof Rod Thomas
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Nova Paul
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Assoc Prof Rod Thomas
What makes a treasure, a treasure?
29 Nov, 2022
Art and law expert Rod Thomas tells The Detail why New Zealand should keep a list of protected artworks to strengthen the country's cultural heritage.
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New professors and associate professors
17 Nov, 2022
AUT is delighted to announce the promotion of 15 of its academics to the position of Professor and 30 to Associate Professor.
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Record ranking for AUT
12 Oct, 2022
AUT has claimed its highest-ever place among New Zealand universities in the latest global rankings.
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Artwork responds to climate crisis
23 Sep, 2022
Combining matauranga Māori and western science, an online artwork tracks the decline of Haupapa Tasman Glacier.
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Nova Paul's work in Indigenous Triennial
11 Apr, 2022
Senior Lecturer of Visual Arts, Nova Paul, is exhibiting in the inaugural Indigenous Triennial at the Winnipeg Art Gallery/Qaumajuq in Winnipeg, Canada.

Study a PhD in art and design

Make a significant original contribution to knowledge in the art and design field with a PhD. Check the brochure for details around scholarships, postgrad facilities and entry requirements.

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PhD candidate David Bailey’s story


Get an in-depth understanding of the PhD research journey at AUT – these videos profile the work of David Bailey in the field of virtual reality.

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