Research is an inseparable part of creative practice and of art education. In order to further the creation of artworks, products or services, makers carry out various research activities.

This connection with professional practice has led to HKU playing a leading role in research and innovation. Research also leads to improvement of creative processes, to insight into the characteristics of the profession, to valuable interaction with the outside world and to innovation. HKU therefore plays a leading role in research and innovation.

Increasing professional awareness

For makers in the creative professional fields, it is important to be aware of the diversity of creative processes and the value of experiencing them. Creative research creates insight into creative processes (of the maker and of others), which generates greater professional self-awareness.

Innovation in creative industries

Research into creative and design processes provides knowledge and insights, which are useful to the relevant professional field and sometimes to the full range of creative industries. Insight into the diversity of creative processes contributes to learning how to work in a multidisciplinary context and to innovation in creative processes in a specific professional field, as makers discover new methods and make new connections.

Research and education

Lecturers research their own role and development as a maker and as an educational professional. They conduct research into creative processes and thus enrich education or contribute to a broader knowledge base within HKU and outside. They search for ways to improve and to innovate, through experimenting with teaching methods, knowledge and insights from other disciplines.

Connections with the outside world

Research and innovation are the catalysts of long-term connections and collaborations with involved parties in the arts and in other areas. The projects thus generated focus on innovative applications for the creative industries and for social sectors and themes. Research into interfaces between these areas leads to multidisciplinary applications that help to solve organisational or social issues. A large part of this collaboration in the area of research and innovation is internationally oriented.

How does HKU organise research?

Professors, research programmes, expertise centres and labs stimulate and develop research, as well as conducting it. They work mainly on the basis of long-term assignments aimed at increasing knowledge and finding innovative working methods and solutions. The schools, too, formulate themes and needs for research and innovation, as creative research is part of the educational programme. The HKU expertise centres focus on compiling and disseminating the insights, knowledge and skills gained in a particular subject.

HKU adheres to the Code of Conduct for applied research of the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences.

Sharing knowledge and forming networks

HKU actively stimulates the compilation and sharing of knowledge and insights about research and innovation with internal and external partners, and its dissemination to all interested and involved parties. In recent years, the research and innovation projects carried out have developed an extensive network of strategic collaborative partners in the Netherlands and abroad, who join us in investing in research and innovation. HKU Expertise Centre for Research and Innovation  has a coordinating function and is linking pin within HKU. It stimulates and structures research in HKU, connects researchers, lecturers, students and external partners, and compiles and disseminates insights and results from the research. An example is the Research Programme Research in Creative Practices.


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