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Arts and Creative Industries PhD

Overview

The School of Arts and Creative Industries has a major commitment to scholarship and research. We recognise its significance in underpinning course provision, particularly at postgraduate level, and in developing enterprise and knowledge transfer with the media, arts and creative sectors.

All research students are enrolled in the LSBU’s postgraduate Key Skills programme. In addition, they can undertake research methods training from relevant MA and MSc courses, as well as taking part in specialist events and activities, which ensure an inclusive and thriving research culture.

Our applied research tackles real-world issues and encompasses a wide variety of methodologies and approaches, including practice-based research, empirical work on audiences and texts, and theory-driven analysis. Read the Arts and Creative Industries Research blog for up-to-date information about research activities.

The School is home to the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, which uses a trans-disciplinary approach to analysing the use of the image in network culture.

Areas of PhD research

We offer PhD supervision in a range of subject areas, methodological approaches and theoretical approaches, including practice-based research. We welcome proposals in all areas of research relevant to the School, but are particularly interested in applications which relate to one or more of the following:

  • drama and performance
  • network cultures
  • digital storytelling (including digital journalism)
  • sonic culture

Research environment

Research students benefit from engaging with highly qualified academic staff and become a vital part of our dynamic research culture.

Research excellence

80% of our research was awarded 3* out of 4* for impact – ‘very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance’ – by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Scholarship opportunities

The Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at LSBU invites applications for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with Rhizome, commencing in October 2016 for a period of three years (full-time). The topic is Performativity and Preservation in the Archive of Online Born-Digital Art. Read more about the scholarship.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Distance learning
Duration
6 years
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Exploring  the benefits of bilingual radio drama

    Exploring the benefits of bilingual radio drama

    LSBU researchers and their collaborators explore the methods and benefits of creating bilingual radio drama a compelling dramatic experience.

  • Multiculturalism and Britishness at the Tate

    Multiculturalism and Britishness at the Tate

    Home to greats like Hockney, Turner, Freud and Hepworth, the Tate occupies a special place in the UK’s cultural psyche. But how does the notion of a national collection representing Britain – perhaps even a discourse of ‘Britishness’ – fit with a 21st-century idea of identity?

Modules

Employability

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.

When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.

Attending conferences

Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences and to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.

Transferable skills

A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Jonathan Banatvala

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Course Director, MA Creative Media Scheme and MA Cultural Management

Jonathan Banatvala is Course Director for the Theatre Practice: Creative Producing (BA Hons) and Creative Media Industries: Cultural Management (MA) courses. He is Artistic Director of Moving Theatre one of  the UK's foremost independent producers of international collaborative work and described by the European Cultural Foundation as the "UK's leading exponent of bilingual theatre".


Dr Leon Betsworth

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Lecturer in English Literature

Dr Leon Betsworth is a Lecturer in English Literature in the Division of Arts and Performance within the School of Arts and Creative Industries.


Dr Maria Chatzichristodoulou

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Director of External Development and Enterprise, Head of Creative Industries

Dr Chatzichristodoulou studies the intersections between performance and new technologies, investigating innovative performance paradigms. She is also interested in issues of curation, social engagement, public policy, and funding in relation to live art and media art practices.


Prof. Andrew Dewdney

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media
Job title: Professor of Educational Development

Andrew works within the Centre for Media and Culture Research and his current research is focusing on the impact of online networked cultures upon analogue archives and their representations in museums and galleries.


Prof. Philip Hammond

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries /
Job title: Professor of Media & Communications

Prof. Philip Hammond is Director of Research for the School of Arts & Creative Industries. He has published widely on representations of war and conflict in news, film and video games; post-Cold War international relations; and the politics of environmentalism.


Prof. Janet Jones

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries /
Job title: Dean, School of Arts and Creative Industries

Professor Janet Jones is Dean of the School of Arts and Creative Industries. An authority on the media industry, Janet spent 15 years at the BBC as series editor for ‘BBC for Business’. Janet’s research and publications span digital journalism, journalism and democracy, and more recently the potential of news games and playable documentary to change the way users interact with the news agenda.


Dr Iris Luppa

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media
Job title: Senior Lecturer: Film Studies

Iris' research interests include Weimar cinema and theatre, writing on film in Germany in the 1920s and Weimar exile directors in Hollywood.


Dr Donatella Maraschin

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Creative Technologies
Job title: Senior Lecturer, BA Journalism

Dr Donatella Maraschin's current research addresses the latest developments in digital storytelling, with a particular interest in the immersive narrative strategies found in long-form digital journalistic formats and their influence on the formation and understanding of networked subjectivity.


Dr Elena Marchevska

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performance

Elena's interests are in screen and feminist performance practice, focusing on contemporary multimedia performance practices. She is particularly interested in the relationships between performance, the female body and digital writing.


Dr Alex McSweeney

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media; Arts and Performance; Creative Technologies
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr. Alex McSweeney is an actor, writer/director, senior lecturer and acting teacher with an extensive range of credits on stage and television.


Prof. Hillegonda Rietveld

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Creative Technologies
Job title: PhD Coordinator, Centre for Media and Culture Research

Prof. Hillegonda is PhD Coordinator for the Centre for Media and Culture Research. Her research interests include Electronic dance music, DJ cultures, technocultural memory, sonic and embodiment of space, and immersive analysis.


Dr Suzanne Scafe

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Course Director, English with Creative Writing

Suzanne is a Reader in Caribbean and Post-colonial Literatures  in the School of Arts and Creative Industries. She has published several essays on black British writing and culture and Caribbean women's fiction.


Dr Patrick Tarrant

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media
Job title: Course Director - Film Practice

Dr Tarrant is a filmmaker whose primary interest is in experimental and documentary filmmaking and the expressive possibilities of montage.


Siobhan Thomas

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Creative Technologies
Job title: Course Director - Game Design and Development

One of the top 30 Women in Games 2016, Siobhan Thomas is Course Director of the BA / BSc (Hons) Game Design and Development degree at LSBU. Siobhán is a game designer and writer specialising in augmented reality and pervasive learning games.


Dr Karlien van den Beukel

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media; Arts and Performance; Creative Technologies
Job title: Course Director - Creative Writing

Karlien's research interests include modernist poetry and twentieth century dance, and digital poetics in translation.


Facilities

  • Edric Theatre

    Edric Theatre

    A dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity that can be set up in numerous configurations. The main auditorium, 30-seat studio and backstage facilities are used by drama, performance and technical theatre students. Facilities are available for commercial hire.

  • Borough Road Gallery

    Borough Road Gallery

    The gallery is a home for visual art and a unique part of the University's heritage. Opened in 2012, the Borough Road Gallery contains valuable and significant works of Post War British Art in a public collection, produced by the celebrated artist and teacher David Bomberg (1890-1957).

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level. You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Application code
P052639
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Application code
P052639
Application method
Mode
Distance learning
Duration
6 years
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Application code
P052639
Application method

Home, EU and International students should apply for our full-time and part-time postgraduate research courses in the UK using the online system provided by the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) via UCAS Postgraduate. You can apply for up to 10 courses – create your application in your own time and complete unfinished sections when you're ready. Use their Track service to follow your applications as they progress through the system and receive any offer replies online. All application enquiries can be put to our Course Enquiries Team by phoning 0800 923 88 88, or emailing course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk.

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

To apply for a scholarship complete a PhD application using the UKPASS system (select Arts and Creative Industries) and complete section seven of the application form.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4260International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 9003Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £13720
International £40315
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2556International fee: £7875
AOS/LSBU code: 9023Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £13720
International £40315
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4260International fee: £4260
AOS/LSBU code: 9055Session code: 1DS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £22240
International £22240

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

At the London Doctoral Academy we are committed to supporting and developing professional researchers who are driven to make a difference. We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations - and when they're available we'll publish notices on the London Doctoral Academy site.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Exploring  the benefits of bilingual radio drama

    Exploring the benefits of bilingual radio drama

    LSBU researchers and their collaborators explore the methods and benefits of creating bilingual radio drama a compelling dramatic experience.

  • Multiculturalism and Britishness at the Tate

    Multiculturalism and Britishness at the Tate

    Home to greats like Hockney, Turner, Freud and Hepworth, the Tate occupies a special place in the UK’s cultural psyche. But how does the notion of a national collection representing Britain – perhaps even a discourse of ‘Britishness’ – fit with a 21st-century idea of identity?

  • Mickey Mayhew, PhD Sociology and Media Studies

    Mickey Mayhew, PhD Sociology and Media Studies

    Mickey came to LSBU to pursue a PhD and to develop his writing career; he now has several books on the shelves of the UK’s iconic independent bookseller, Foyles.

 
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Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Course Enquiries - International

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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