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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 2013 to June 2014 .

The series is primarily programmed on Wednesday afternoons 2.00-5.00 p.m. starting on October 2nd with an introductory session by Dr 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, focussing 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 curatorial practices and 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 new UCL Humanities PhD mode of thesis, Creative Critical Writing. 

This year we are again inviting guest writers, artists, curators and publishers, in addition to faculty from the Slade and UCL to run the Creative Thesis sessions. Dr 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 Prof Michael Newman, Prof of Art Writing, Goldsmiths College, UL. A critic, writer and theorist Michael will be running a session in conjunction with Matts Gallery; Artist and writer Prof Yve Lomax (Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths Art Writing programme), author of Writing the Image and Sounding the Event, and co-director of the independent publishing company ‘Copy Press’, will focus on writing practice as philosophy; Dr Kristen Kreider, Royal Holloway who will focus on the poetics of experimental writing and writing for performance; Kit Hammonds, free-lance writer and curator who teaches on the RCA programme Curating Contemporary Art; David Thorp, free-lance curator and gallerist currently at MOMA Oxford; Saradha Soobrayen, freelance writer, poet and writing tutor.

In addition we will be running an all-day session on Dec. 4th entitled ‘Publication’ with Elisabeth Lawes, UCL library in charge of Small Press Collection; Marita Fraser, UCL Nordic Press; Jane Rolo, Bookworks publishing company; and writer and novelist Tony White, Piece of Paper Press.

The spring term follows with a seminar on shifting a writer’s relationship to language with poet, editor and translator Fiona Sampson; a non-verbal exploration of visual signifiers with writer and visual culture theorist Prof Adrian Rifkin and an exploration of the outer limits of research with sound-artist, performer and writer Dr Aura Satz.

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. There will also be visits to external art venues to discuss curatorial practice and the staging of an event in the spring term addressing issues of research and public engagement.

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


Registration information will be available in due course.

Page last updated: 22nd July 2010