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Research & Innovation

The Creative School is an international leader in practice-based research, creative scholarship, and design thinking, grounded in a meaningful commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Embracing a transdisciplinary approach, we leverage our broad range of research expertise to partner with academic institutions, community organizations, and industry leaders to create global solutions for real world change. The scope of scholarly, research, and creative activities in The Creative School is far-reaching: its faculty and graduate students investigate field-defining research questions in a variety of modalities from publications, reports, and policy documents; films, television programs, story design, and new media production; to designs, performances, exhibits, and installations.

Message from the Associate Dean

"The Creative School is renowned for its distinctive and vibrant culture of scholarly research, and creative (SRC) activities. Its nine schools and eighteen research centres make up a dynamic SRC ecosystem in which faculty and students work closely with community and industry partners to engage in path-breaking initiatives dedicated to real-world transformation."

— Natalie Álvarez, Associate Dean, Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activities

Explore our research expertise at The Creative School

Interdisciplinary Research & Innovation Space

Charles Falzon in The Catalyst research space

The Creative School Catalyst

The Creative School Catalyst is one-of-a-kind space dedicated to scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activities. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Catalyst houses SRC projects, labs, and centres across multiple disciplines under one roof. We bring brilliant minds together from across all 29 programs in The Creative School to innovatively explore and impact the world in which we live.

Areas of Research

Experiential Media

Audience Engagement

Indigenous Creative

Social Change

Creative Data

Live Entertainment

Media & Communication Innovation

Dimensions Pilot Program

The Dimensions Pilot Program is a federal initiative supported by all three federal research granting agencies to support post-secondary institutions seeking to increase equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activities.

Reem El Asaleh

Dimensions Faculty Chair, The Creative School