Research in the arts is organised through LUCA's Faculty of the Arts, this research is closely linked to the academic degree programmes of LUCA. Practice based research projects are managed through LUCA Pro, these projects are linked to the professional degree programmes of LUCA. Research projects in the field of architecture are incorporated within the Faculty of Architecture. 

Faculty of Arts 

Encouraging and facilitating research is one of the core tasks of the LUCA Faculty of Arts. Research is organized in four thematic research units and coordinated by the central Research Board. The board and research units support artists and research groups, develop interdisciplinary research projects, and supervise PhDs.

Because of its imaginative and experimental potential, the Faculty not only believes in the added value of artistic research for education and artistic practice, but also for the sciences and society in the widest sense.

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Thanks to their accumulated expertise, the researchers of LUCA Pro are accessible for questions and problems coming from industry and even from small and medium-sized organizations.

We offer innovative and authentic advice and solutions through practice-based research and innovation in the areas of interior design, construction technology, visual design, photography, film and video.

Crossovers with academic programs ensure that this research is powered by state-of-the-art scientific knowledge. Research activities are closely linked to programs offering professionalism in the education system.

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Faculty of Architecture (KU Leuven)

The research of the Faculty of Architecture is hosted by the Department of Architecture of the KU Leuven. The research in this department aims at transdisciplinary relevance. It is organised around three research calibration points.

The research at Campus Sint-Lucas focuses on (explorative) imagination which refers to design research, designerly thinking, research by design, etc. and the institution is internationally rewarded for this approach.

The second approach, (contextual) understanding, is referring to history, theory, criticism, sociology, anthropology, etc. and acts in constant dialogue with the first approach. The calibration point (technical) rationality, referring to engineering sciences, building techniques, building rationality, etc., is developed by a limited amount of researchers.

All these approaches reflect historical ties with the Faculty of Arts. The Faculty offers a PhD in Architecture.

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