4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
Creative and Critical Practice
Creative and Critical Practice enables you to develop your practice-led research in creative media production alongside critically engaged writing. Your research might involve a variety of practical approaches including video, photography and imaging, interactive media, sound, social media or process-based performative methods.
At Sussex, you’ll be able to take part in the activities of the Centre for Material Digital Culture. In Brighton, you’ll join a vibrant community for the arts and creative industries.
Areas of study
We offer expert supervision across a wide range of critical and creative practice:
- filmmaking and documentary forms
- digital arts
- media practice for development and social change
- sonic media.
PhD or MPhil?
You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.
- An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
- A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.
How to apply
If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:
- browse scholarships and funded projects in this subject area
- find a potential supervisor and propose your own research project.
Full-time and part-time study
Choose to work on your research full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. For details about part-time study, contact us at email@example.com
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Faculty profiles
Ms Joanna Callaghan
Senior Lecturer In Filmmaking
Research interests: Deconstruction, Film as philosophy, Film production, filmmaking, practice as research, practice led research, Practice-based research, video art
Dr Cecile Chevalier
Lecturer in Media Practice
Research interests: art, Automation, collaboration, collective instrument, conceptual art, Creativity, cultural memory, digital materiality, Embodiment and Technologies, expression, Human-Computer Interactions, interactive installation, interdisciplinary research, ludic, networked memory, Perception, Performance And Live Art, Post-digital, spatial practice, systems aesthetics
Ms Wilma De Jong
Senior Lecturer in Media & Film Studies
Research interests: Archives and media production, Documentary theory and practice, Film-based media (History, Theory & Practice), Interactive and web based documentaries, Media and international development, media and pressure groups
Dr Emile Devereaux
Senior Lecturer In Digital Media
Research interests: Critical Gender Studies, Digital Art & Design, Digital Cartography, Digital Culture, Interaction design, media history and theory, Tactical Media, Visual Studies
Ms Melanie Friend
Reader in Photography
Research interests: Media and film
Mr Adrian Goycoolea
Research interests: activism, Chilean History, Collage Film, Documentary theory and practice, Film, Film production, First Person Film, Found Footage Film, Human Rights, Installation, Political History, the avant garde, Trauma
Dr Margaretta Jolly
Reader in Cultural Studies
Research interests: Creative and critical writing, Cultural and Creative Industries, cultural studies, Everyday Life, Feminist theory, genre, history of feminism, letters and diaries, Life writing, Mass Observation, oral history, Self-identity, self-narratives, women's liberation
Ms Mary Krell
Senior Lecturer in Media & Film Studies
Research interests: Digital Art & Design, Digital Arts History, Theory and Practice, Interactive and web based documentaries, interactive art, interactive installation, Performance
Dr Alisa Lebow
Reader In Film Studies
Research interests: Activism and Documentary, Documentary theory and practice, Experimental Documentary, First Person Film, Jewish Culture and Film, Queer and Transgender Representation, Revolution and Film, Turkish and Middle Eastern Documentary
Prof Sally-Jane Norman
Research interests: Embodiment and Technologies, Performing Arts, Practice-based research, Scenography, Sonic Arts, Theatre History
Dr Martin Spinelli
Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies
Research interests: Aesthetics, arts interviewing, Broadcast News, Broadcasting History, Digital Humanities, ethnography, Journalism, Life writing, literary journalism, memoir, podcasting, radio, radio drama, Radio Studies, Socio-cultural impact of new media, Sound Art
Ms Lizzie Thynne
Reader in Film
Research interests: art cinema, contemporary television, Cultural and Critical Theory, Documentary theory and practice, Experimental Documentary, Feminist Art History, Film drama, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Life writing, Queer studies, Television History, Theory and Criticism, Visual fields, women's liberation
Normally a Masters degree with a Merit or equivalent in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.
English language support
Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.
Additional information for international students
We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.
Visas and immigration
Scholarships and fees
How can I fund my course?
Postgraduate Masters Loan
MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
Fees for self-funding students
Home: £4,195 per year
EU: £4,195 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year
Overseas: £15,100 per year
Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.
Life at Sussex
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