Combining creative and critical practice Combining creative and critical practice

In the late 1980s UEA pioneered a new type of creativity PhD in the UK, blending academic study with creative discipline to produce a work of art or literature. This now includes subject areas such as creative writing and world art, as well as film and television.

The PhD in Creative & Critical Writing

In 1990 the Jordanian/British writer Fadia Faqir became UEA's first student of the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, which has since grown into a thriving research programme in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

Literary resources and archives at UEA include the Doris Lessing Archive, the Lorna Sage Archive, the Pevsner Art Catalogue Collection and the papers of W.G. Sebald.

The PhD in Professional Practice at the School of Film, Television and Media Studies

A substantial part of this PhD by Professional Practice may be creative, film archival/curatorial or educational in content. The creative theme will be represented in the thesis submission by a substantial dossier of practical film, video or transmedia work, presented in an appropriate, accessible and enduring format (see published guidelines for format details).

This will be analysed in a written commentary of 40,000 to 50,000 words. The purpose of the commentary is to show a critical understanding of professional practice, whilst setting the dossier material in a broader historical and theoretical framework (including the context of the film and TV industry and media marketplace), and simultaneously drawing attention to the originality and utility of the work.

The substantial dossier of practical film, video or transmedia work may be either or both of the following:

  1. A body of quality work built up through professional practice over many years, especially if such practice can be shown to be thematically coherent and/or show a consistent contribution to or original and creative departure from the body of work in that field or genre.
  2. A new piece of creative work or works carried out during the PhD period and designed and created to be part of the research project to explore and test the stated research questions of the dissertation in which case the new piece of work should be of sufficient quality and professional craft, and demonstrably an original contribution to the chosen field, in order to satisfy the examiners under the guidelines above. Note that the entire cost of production of original work (including development, production and post production) is the responsibility of the student and not the University.

Find out more about the Film, Television and Media Studies PhD by Professional Practice.

The PhD in Professional Practice at the School of Art History and World Art Studies

In the Professional Practice programme of the School of Art History and World Art Studies, a substantial part of the thesis may be curatorial, educational or creative in content. 

This is represented in the thesis submission by a substantial dossier of practical work presented in an appropriate, accessible and enduring format. This will be analysed in a written commentary of 40,000 to 50,000 words. The purpose of the commentary is to show a critical understanding of professional practice, to set the material in the dossier in a broader historical and theoretical framework, and to draw attention to the originality and utility of the work.