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Our research in theatre, film, television and interactive media

Cutting-edge scholarship, creative practice, digital innovations and industry engagement.

We generate innovative ideas and practices that benefit culture, society and the economy. We foster connections between our areas of expertise to produce world-leading research.

Our research across theatre, film, television and interactive media embraces disciplinary approaches from across the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and engineering.

The Research Excellence Framework 2021

  • We’re one of the UK’s top 25 research institutions in the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest Research Excellence Framework results. And 83.3% of our research impact across film, theatre, television and interactive media is rated 4* - REF’s highest rating. 

Learn more about the 2021 REF results

Research strengths

Our research culture builds on our strengths in studying and making theatre, film, television and interactive media, and the ways in which those practices interact.

We use interdisciplinary approaches to explore the ways in which technology meets creativity, theory meets practice, humans meet computers, history meets the contemporary, live performance meets screen content.

Such innovation has led to several multi-million pound, industry-facing projects with digital creativity at their heart.

Impact and engagement

We work in innovative ways to further knowledge, make meaningful contributions to culture and society and disseminate our findings broadly and effectively.



Our professional facilities allow practice-as-research to flourish, with staff and research students exploiting excellent theatre facilities, TV studios and mobile recording rigs, and post-production suites.

Our first-class facilities and our diverse staff specialisms place us at the forefront of efforts to support the development of interdisciplinary research across the University.


University research themes

We engage actively with the University's research themes. Explore our main themes:

Major projects 

Our networks provide a forum for cross-cutting research collaboration and discussion:

Research seminar series

To showcase our research, and enhance collaboration, we hold a regular series of seminars including papers by visiting speakers, as well as presentations by University of York staff and current research students. 

See forthcoming research seminars