Critical Creative Practice

With a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, the College of Arts, Media and Design drives creative thinking, action, and leadership in cultural entrepreneurship and the arts. Our faculty and students are committed to models of inquiry that emphasize both “thinking as making” and “making as thinking.” Critical Creative Practice refers to a constellation of contemporary cultural forms encompassing art, media, design, and architecture. This inquiry is characterized by its integration of rigorous intellectual inquiry and creative production as co-equal activities that enact new ways of knowing and understanding the world.


Associated Faculty



Ilya Vidrin, Assistant Professor of Creative Practice Research, is featured in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2022). 

Visiting Associate Teaching Professor Jason Donati (Art + Design) Dives into the Animation and Legacy of Spongebob SquarePants.

Professor Hillary Chute (Art + Design, English) Named to New York Times Book Review’s ‘100 Notable Books of 2018’ List

Assistant Teaching Professor Julia Hechtman (Art + Design) Explores Environment and Identity in Iceland With Fulbright Award.

Professor Hillary Chute (Art + Design, English) Explores Essence of Comics.

Film by Professor of the Practice Tracy Strain (Communication Studies) Featured in American Masters Emmy Nomination.

CAMD Hosts National Conference on the Arts in Research Universities.

Associate Professor Ed Andrews (Art + Design) Displays Work at Boston Sculptors Gallery.

Dean’s Research Fellows: Critical Creative Practice

The Dean’s Research Fellows conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that expands the boundaries of traditional disciplines.

Cammy Brothers, Associate Professor, Architecture

Derek Curry, Assistant Professor, Art + Design

Psyche Loui, Assistant Professor, Music


Perception, Practice, Creative Work: Insights from Across the Arts


In the Renaissance, figures such as Leonardo da Vinci were the rule, not the exception. It was commonplace to be an artist and a scientist, a painter and an inventor, a sculptor and an engineer. Today, the few people working in this way struggle to find a place within academic institutions that train students and hire faculty according to centuries-old disciplinary boundaries. The 2018-2019 Dean’s Research Fellows in the area of Critical Creative Practice are organizing a symposium that will result in a companion website and potentially a publication based on outcomes. The symposium will bring together people who work across what are typically bounded research areas to probe the role of creativity and practice in the production of knowledge in the sciences and the arts. It will address how different epistemologies, or ‘ways of knowing’, can contribute to a singular body of knowledge that transcends disciplinary understandings.

Center for the Arts

Based in the College of Arts, Media and Design, the Center for the Arts aims to make creative expression integral to the Northeastern experience.

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