December 7th, 2012

COFA: Australia’s Top Art and Design School

COFA, UNSW has received top results in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 National Report.

A 5′ is the highest rating possible in this prestigious report.

COFA received ‘5’ ratings in the following three areas:  Art Theory and Criticism, Film Television and Digital Media and Visual Arts and Crafts.

No other university/art school achieved more than one 5 in the Creative Arts area.

The ERA is produced by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and is a comprehensive review of research undertaken in Australian higher education institutions.

COFA’s Associate Dean Research, Professor Jill Bennett explains,

“The ERA outcome is a reflection of COFA and UNSW’s commitment to a long term strategy for research growth. Our leading Research Centres and groups have been established for a decade and the National Institute for Experimental Arts was founded in early 2011 to support innovative experimental practice at the highest level.

The results attest to the depth of research at COFA—but also to the fact that we are now very strong across the board in digital media, art theory, and all areas of visual art practice.”