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Research

The Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, with a full-time faculty of 125 and a student body of over two thousand, encompasses a wide range of expertise in virtually all fields of design, media and the arts. The College’s faculty and students are passionate about their research pursuits, some of which are recognizable as traditional funded research focused on important real world problems, as scholarship aimed at increasing the world’s knowledge and understanding, and in the creation of works of inspiring and entertaining visual, performing and media arts. The Westphal College prides itself on its commitment to working collaboratively and across disciplines, and all faculty are encouraged and supported to undertake research within their given fields. Digital Media faculty work in serious gaming, artificial intelligence and simulations with collaborators from many other Drexel Schools and Colleges. The Department of Design’s programs in Fashion and Product Design programs are actively engaged in research on smart textiles and the development of products to improve human life. The Department of Architecture & Interiors has diverse expertise related to the urban and built environment. The Arts Administration program studies our regional and national cultural institutions. Faculty in Dance, Theater, Photography, Film & Video, Art & Art History are notable artists with national reputations.

The strength of the Westphal College is our deep expertise in notable creative fields, and our culture which embraces interdisciplinarity and collaboration. As artists, designers and scholars, we have unique skills as creative problem-solvers, design thinkers, and as deep observers of humanity which we seek to share in collaboration with colleagues from engineering, the sciences, education, business and the health professions.

As artists, designers and scholars, we have unique skills as creative problem-solvers, design thinkers, and as deep observers of humanity which we seek to share in collaboration with colleagues from around and beyond Drexel University.

URBN Research Committee Members

Genevieve DionJulie Goodman-HawkinsKathleen Martin , Daniel ChungMiriam GiguereElizabeth MilroyStefan Rank and Nicole Koltick