The Creative Arts Research Centre brings together researchers from music and media and aims to form synergies between the arts and humanities and innovative technologies without undermining the integrity of core disciplines. There is a close connection between the research of the centre and learning and teaching in the School of Informatics and Creative Arts and research outputs also reflect the diversity of dissemination achieved by researchers, which is replicated in the activities of students.
The Creative Arts Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology supports researchers across five thematic strands:
- Creative Arts Practice
- Media, Culture, Community and Society
- Creative Industries and Future Technologies
- Musicology and Ethnomusicology
- Creative and Aesthetic Pedagogies
These thematic strands reflect both the excellence in research achieved by researchers in the centre and pathways into which the researchers are moving in response to the demands of industry and society.
The Creative Arts Research Centre at DkIT was established in December 2016. The research output from the centre enhances the Institute’s cultural remit to the North East region and its communities and will build upon recent work in the area of interdisciplinary research, recognising that research is increasingly expected to be accountable to society and many projects aim to benefit our society and local communities. Many projects in the centre across the arts and humanities involve external collaborations with regional industry, community groups and other Higher Education institutions in Ireland and internationally. The centre is also committed to attracting more funding and researchers to DkIT in the future and making the research outputs accessible to the local community in the first instance.
This strand includes a number of research areas from across the disciplines of music and creative media.
Research in this theme seeks to go beyond commenting on or reacting to what is emerging. Instead researchers investigate and create experiential, critical and non-discursive forms that engage with pressing issues around the media, culture, community and society.
The Creative Industries are recognised as a significant area of growth by the Government and the European Union. This sector is experiencing rapid development and represents an expanding area in terms of graduate employment and research.
The study of music is fundamental to our academic mission at DkIT and is an integral component of our programmes in the School of Informatics and Creative Arts. Musicology and Ethnomusicology are
Education is related to most areas within the disciplines of music and creative media. The development of research expertise in the field of education includes the creation of new methodologies characterised by theoretical innovation and new practical approaches.