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University of Warwick: Applied Screen Studies

Institution University of Warwick View institution profile
Department Film and Television Studies
Telephone 024 7652 4928
Study type Research


This PhD enables students to incorporate practice into their doctoral study, taking an approach which understands practice as a mode of research, or as the application of research.

Course overview The project must be led by clear research questions, with the practice element working as a means to investigate, challenge or respond to those questions. The practice element can take a variety of forms and proportions (with a minimum of 30% and a maximum of 50%), but in all cases represents the exploration of critical, theoretical or historical issues in Film and Television/Screen Studies, through a practice-based output.

The various forms of this applied screen practice include, but are not limited to: - A critical video essay

  • A moving image and/or audio documentary or experimental film

  • Curated screenings/an exhibition of creative works or artefacts

  • A digital installation

  • An innovative collaboration with a partner institution

  • An engagement and impact project at regional, national or international level

The balance between written and practical elements in this PhD will depend on the form that the applied practice takes. Those making a documentary, for example, might produce a 40,000 word written piece that would represent 50% of their PhD.

Those pursuing a more traditional research-driven written doctoral project would produce a 55,000 word thesis and an 'applied research' portfolio, which translates the research into a set of screen-based impact and public engagement activities that should start but might not be completed during doctoral study. This element would then represent 30% of the PhD.

At the mid-year review in Year One, the student presents a case for the percentage split of their particular project between traditional written thesis and practice work, and is also the point at which the particular form the practice element will take is agreed.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD


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