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Creative Thesis: Exploring the Parameters of the PhD Thesis

Course Description

The Creative Thesis series is run by the Slade School of Fine Art (Dr Sharon Morris and Dr Hayley Newman).

This year the course will run as a series of bi-weekly workshops and seminars from October 2014 to June 2015.

The series is primarily programmed on Wednesday afternoons 2.00-5.00 p.m. starting on October 1st with an introductory session by Prof Sharon Morris. All sessions will be held at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Please e-mail Hayley Newman to reserve a place.

The aim of the programme is to investigate the parameters of the doctoral thesis as a Creative Thesis, and in particular doctoral research involving a practice element. The series aims to explicate issues around research practices and methodology, focusing on the possibilities of writing and structuring a PhD thesis in its relation to studio and other forms of practice. The various backgrounds of the contributors will open up different possibilities of research methodology, exploring relations between theories and practice, experimenting with modes of writing and the relation between the visual and the verbal. In response to the demands of the practice-led PhD option at the Slade this series will also address questions associated with the exhibition or staging of the work of art as forms of a research thesis. The series will also explore modes and genres of creative writing that address critical writing through a self-reflexive practice, dove-tailing with the UCL Humanities PhD mode of thesis, Creative Critical Writing.

This year we are again inviting guest writers, artists and thinkers, in addition to faculty from the Slade and UCL to run the Creative Thesis sessions. Prof. Sharon Morris (Slade School) will run an introductory session on the basics of thesis construction and Dr Hayley Newman (Slade School) will run a session on the parameters of a practice-based PhD research thesis and this will be followed by a series of guests. These include Dr. Uriel Urlow, senior Research Fellow at the University of Westminster, who as an international artist, theorist and writer will be exploring plural methodologies of research; Dr Kristen Kreider, Royal Holloway who will focus on the poetics of experimental writing and writing for performance; Saradha Soobrayen, freelance writer, poet and writing tutor; Sally O’Reilly, writer, reviewer and critic and writer in residence at the Whitechapel Gallery, author of The Body in Contemporary Art, 2009.

The spring termin addition to the regular biweekly seminars and workshops, we hold an annual PhD research week at the Slade Woburn Research Studios. In the spring term our seminars will focus on modes of dialogue, argument and presentation. Our invited guests include; Dr. Marsha Bradfield, post-doctoral research fellow in Critical Practice at the CCW Graduate School (UAL), who is an artist, writer, curator and educator interested in collaborative cultural production, authorship and subjectivity; Howard Caygill, professor of philosophy at CRMEP Kingston University and author of On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance, Bloomsbury, 2012; Hester Reeve, an artist, philosopher and performer who teaches at Sheffield Hallam University and is interested in philosophical agency, feminist insistences and David Bohm’s Dialogue, and filmmaker, writer and curator Dr. Nicole Hewitt, who lectures at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts.

Each session is focused on the pedagogy of practice and many of the workshops ask you to write in situ and to respond directly to issues raised in discussion. Please bring with you hard copy writing materials, pen/pencil and paper. Some of the workshops will also include the opportunity for you to bring short pieces of text addressing particular issues, including problems you may have with thesis writing.

Researcher Development Framework Categories

A3) Creativity
D2) Communication and dissemination

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • Students in Arts & Humanities
  • Students in Built Environment

Course Organisers

  • Organiser - Prof Sharon Morris - (Slade School of Fine Art)
  • Organiser - Dr Hayley Newman - (Slade School of Fine Art)
  • Administrator - Ms Kasia Bronk - (Organisational Development)


Registration information will be available in due course.

Page last updated: 23rd April 2015