Research at Swiss arts and design universities combines scientific and artistic approaches and is closely related to practice. Projects explore themes and issues in the arts and design, often in close connection with issues and questions in cultural studies and technology. Arts university research is dedicated to experimenting with artistic practices and to analysing socially relevant issues. The working methods and procedures of various disciplines are explored and further developed though close dialogue between theory and practice. Artistic work is theoretically substantiated and interpreted. Research also extends to all forms of designed communication.