Ulster is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. It makes a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and plays a key role in attracting inward investment. Its core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.
Technology and knowledge transfer and commercial exploitation of ideas are promoted by the University's Office of Innovation through a range of initiatives and ongoing research and consultancy with business and industry. The University is a major contributor to the Research and Development capacity within Northern Ireland.
Research and study at the University supports the growth and international reputauion of Northern Ireland's creative industries. The Arts Faculty includes courses such as music, creative tehnologies; design; drama; film studies; dance; media studies and production; and journalism.
The Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment includes courses such as architecture; art and design; textile art, design and fashion; multidisciplinary design; and fine art. The Design for Interaction and Animation course aims to provide students with specialist knowledge and professional skills needed in the diverse creative practices associated with interactive design and animation.
Starting in January 2014 is the MBA Creative Technologies programme aimed at developing management and leadership skills of professionals in the creative sector. It is an innovative curriculum combining the core elements of the MBA with a strong focus on developing and understanding the essential skills needed to strategically manage and lead creative businesses. The Univesity is also leading the Honeycomb – Creative Works initiaitve. This is a £3.58m programme targeted at the digital content sector across the INTERREG IVA region of Northern Ireland, the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland and the western seaboard of Scotland.