Art and design in academic research is the only field of study with a degree of abstraction difficult to describe in words. Yet there are many PhD programs and researchers worldwide who specialize in its disciplines as well as top universities in Europe and the United States that call the field home. Art and design are abstract and figurative, decorative, emotional and sensual, and such diverse creative acts communicate through expression. If research must involve a mixture of expressive and academic perspectives, what value can this complex field––which mankind has continued to live with––have in the world? What is to be our role from an academic standpoint? In this session, we will confront and challenge the future of creativity and expression in art and design research.