Under the supervision of one or more staff members with expertise relevant to the project topic, students will produce:
The 20,000-30,000 word dissertation is a critical piece of writing, demonstrating an advanced ability to research, investigate and discuss relevant ideas, debates, contexts, creative processes and products/texts. The dissertation should provide a contextual framework for the creative portfolio and demonstrate advanced levels of appropriate subject knowledge, insight and understanding. It should also use appropriate academic referencing and bibliographic conventions.
Portfolio of Creative Work
This can comprise different types of material depending on the research topic and subject matter:
Film and Television
A full-length production equals a performance time of normally between 60 minutes and 120 minutes. Each production should demonstrate an endeavour to take on a different directing challenge – this might be done through exploring different forms, different styles of text, through using mixed media, varied target audiences, or different styles of theatrical performance. A submission of three monologues, for example, is not permitted – candidates are required to demonstrate that they can direct more than one actor onstage.
Games and App Design (information coming soon)
The critical reflection should engage with the candidate’s intellectual and creative progress over the period of the research. It should document the creative process and how this relates to the research questions and research context explored in the dissertation. The reflective essay may also augment the written dissertation and creative practice in a manner similar to that of detailed appendices on questions of context and methodology that are sometimes included in orthodox academic doctoral theses in the humanities and social sciences.
The portfolio provides a record of the candidate’s professional development and intellectual/creative progress over the period of the research and is designed to assess his/her ability to critically reflect and comment on the development of their creative practice and relevant processes and to demonstrate a process of professional development and engagement with the industry. These learning outcomes are intended to augment the written dissertation and creative practice in a manner similar to that of detailed appendices on questions of context and methodology that are sometimes included in orthodox academic doctoral theses in the humanities and social sciences.