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Research

The Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, with a full-time faculty of 123 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, scholarship aimed at increasing the world’s knowledge and understanding, and the creation of works of inspiring and entertaining visual, performing and media arts. The Westphal College prides itself on its commitment to working collaboratively 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 virtual and immersive realities with collaborators from many other Drexel Schools and Colleges. The Department of Design’s programs in Fashion Design and Product Design are actively engaged in research on smart textiles and the development of products to improve human life. The Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism has diverse expertise related to the urban and built environment. The Arts Administration & Museum Leadership graduate program studies our regional and national cultural institutions. Faculty in Dance, Theatre, PhotographyFilm & Television, and Art & Art History are notable artists with national reputations.

The strength of the Westphal College is our expertise in recognized creative fields, and our culture, which embraces interdisciplinary 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.

Westphal Research Council

Neville Vakharia, Michael Wagner, Andrew Zitcer, Genevieve DionJulie Goodman-HawkinsKathleen MartinDaniel ChungMiriam GiguereElizabeth MilroyNicole KoltickJichen Zhu, Joseph Hancock, and Rosalind Sutkowski.

Research Accomplishments