University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Creative and Critical Practice

The creative work is a piece of practice-led research where you critically explore an issue relating to, for example, form, genre, technology, representation, technique, or narrative through production. It might involve video, digital imaging, photography, interactive media, sound, or any other digital media or combination of media. The work may incorporate live performance and installation, in which case these elements must be documented in retainable forms, such as videos, scripts and plans that are approved by the supervisor(s). The final thesis as a whole demonstrates the integration of its practical and theoretical components, and written text and media practice complement each other. We offer supervision across a wide range of critical and creative practice with specialist focus on: documentary filmmaking; digital arts; photography; media practice for development and social change; sonic media. If you propose a research project in these fields, you are particularly encouraged to apply. You receive expert support from supervisors and technical advisors, and are expected to attend master classes by visiting practitioners, but there is no time-tabled technical tuition; we would therefore normally expect applicants to have had (and be able to demonstrate) a substantial amount of previous production experience in their chosen medium.

Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree with a Merit or equivalent in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.

Course modules

The 1st term is devoted to developing the research plan - typically refining research questions, designing a methodology and production plan, engaging in a literature review. By the end of the 1st year (or 2nd year if you study part time), you produce and present your 1st research paper or project, moving to complete the production of the creative work and written component over the next 2 years (or 4, if you study part time). You have access to our extensive studios, editing suites and equipment. All our facilities are bookable online and available for student access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via an access-control system. The practical component should fully exploit the medium (or media) in which it is working and should make a contribution to the thesis that could not have been made in words. It should not be merely illustrative of the theory but must make an original contribution in its own right, which relates back, in an integral fashion, to the theoretical component of the thesis. Recent PhD thesis titles include: life art/live art: a critical-visual study of three women performance artists and their documentation; u know them by their fruit: unfinalising the 'extreme other self' in documentary filmmaking.

Assessment methods

Progress is monitored by supervision meetings, annual reports, and an annual interview by a review panel. The thesis is presented as a substantial body of creative practice and a written element of 20000-40000 words (PhD) or 10000-20000 words (MPhil). The thesis is judged by an internal and an external examiner. The examination includes an oral defence.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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