Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £5,250 *
International Fees £13,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The Creative Practice MRes is a Masters level course based in the rich research culture of Westminster School of Media, Art and Design. Over one year full-time or two years part-time, you will develop and complete a major research project related to your creative practice, culminating in an exhibition presentation and a written reflection on your research.

The Creative Practice MRes is an ideal stepping stone to further practice based PhD research, as well as a unique opportunity to realise an ambitious creative project with the support of research-led practitioners across the field of the arts and media, as part of the internationally renowned Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) – the UK’s top-rated general art and design research centre. REF results link to CREAM with a score of 45% 4*, 46% 3*, 9% 2* in the UKs most recent UKs’s official REF (Research Excellent Framework).

The course offers access to the excellent resources of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, including the research culture of the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), our new Music Research Group and our internationally renowned Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI).

The course enables you to develop your practice and research skills in arts and media towards the completion of your research project, supported by expert supervision from eminent artists, theorists and designers, as part of CREAM’s extensive practice-based doctoral programme. You will work in close supervision with a researcher practitioner in your field of specialism, to assist you in the development of your individual research project.

You will have the opportunity to select and attend seminar programmes alongside CREAM’s doctorate students and MA students in a range of different art subjects relating to your interests. Our current range of research expertise includes photography, experimental and documentary moving image, digital art, curation, music and experimental sound, fashion and ceramics.

This is the right course for you if:

  • you have a creative project which you would like to develop
  • you would like expert guidance to support your creative process
  • you wish to engage in the research culture at Westminster School of Media, Art and Design
  • you would like to know more about studying for a practice based PhD
  • you are keen to develop your research skills as a creative practitioner.

The course offers unique opportunities to:

  • develop your creative practice in a renowned research environment
  • study with specialists in your chosen field of practice
  • progress towards PhD Study
  • build valuable connections in research and professional communities in arts and media
  • participate in its rich programme of events and symposia.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

The course runs from September to August, one year full-time or two years part-time. The Creative Practice MRes consists of three modules:

Modules

You will develop a practice-based research project of your choice, such as a film, exhibition or installation, addressing your own well-formulated research questions, which you will present at the end of the year along with a short thesis demonstrating and supporting your creative project.

Whole year – 140 credits.

Taught alongside CREAM’s PhD students, this module addresses key questions such as:

  • What makes artistic or media practice into research?
  • How to formulate research questions for creative practice?
  • How to situate one’s own creative practice in the intellectual and artistic environment?

With a choice of over fifty modules, you may decide to join one closely related to your research project or to explore a new area of study.

Possible Masters to choose your module from include:

  • Audio Production MA
  • Design for Communication MA
  • Documentary Photography and Photojournalism MA
  • Film and Television: Theory, Culture and Industry MA
  • Interactive Media Practice MA
  • Photography Arts MA
  • Social Media, Culture and Society MA

Entry Requirements

All candidates will be required to demonstrate an aptitude for creative practice as research. They will have to present a draft proposal for their proposed creative practice research project and will be interviewed face to face or by Skype by a member or members of the course team.

All candidates must possess either:

  • A good (first, good 2.1 or equivalent) honours degree including a substantial amount of creative practice, or
  • A good Masters degree (distinction, merit or equivalent) in a creative arts, design or media subject, or
  • Demonstration of substantial professional or professional-level experience in creative practice

Project proposal

Your application should include a proposal of about 500 words for the research project you wish to conduct on the course. This will be developed and refined in discussion with the course leader and your supervisor during the MRes.

Candidates for whom English is not a first language, or whose primary and secondary education was not conducted in English, or who do not have a degree taught in English will need to have IELTS of 6.5 or higher, including at least 6.0 in each element (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

All candidates will be required to demonstrate an aptitude for creative practice as research. They will have to present a draft proposal for their proposed creative practice research project and will be interviewed face to face or by Skype by a member or members of the course team.

All candidates must possess either:

  • A good (first, good 2.1 or equivalent) honours degree including a substantial amount of creative practice, or
  • A good Masters degree (distinction, merit or equivalent) in a creative arts, design or media subject, or
  • Demonstration of substantial professional or professional-level experience in creative practice

Project proposal

Your application should include a proposal of about 500 words for the research project you wish to conduct on the course. This will be developed and refined in discussion with the course leader and your supervisor during the MRes.

Candidates for whom English is not a first language, or whose primary and secondary education was not conducted in English, or who do not have a degree taught in English will need to have IELTS of 6.5 or higher, including at least 6.0 in each element (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

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Careers

The MRES in Creative Practice provides the tools to develop a profession in creative research and scholarship relating to teaching in higher education, working in archival research and related fields, as well as developing your work as a practicing artist, curator, designer and writer working in your chosen field.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £5,250 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

As a Masters level researcher it is anticipated that you will have access to some existing equipment for your practice, such as a laptop and camera, and a studio or working space for your creative research outside the University. Costs that will be covered through the facilities and resources at Harrow Campus at Westminster are detailed below, and the costs which you will be expected to cover yourself, for both the development and the final presentation of your creative research project. Access to University facilities and managing your budget for your project will be discussed in consultation with your supervisor and the MRes course leader.

Included in the costs of your study:

  • Equipment, such as cameras, are free to hire through the audio visual stores, and specialist software programmes can be accessed through computers in the library resources at Harrow Campus, and through relevant course facilities.
  • Workshops and tutorials are also available to develop the technical knowledge and skills appropriate to your project, and to using the technical facilities available, and can be arranged in liaison with the MRes course leader.

Additional costs will vary according to the materials required for the development and realization of your project. For example, researchers working with moving image may wish to explore the more costly option of 16mm film whilst others may prefer to use digital moving image, at a lower cost. Materials are available at a cost price through the technical stores at Harrow Campus. Please see the appended list for more details.

Other additional costs may include:

  • External field trips for the purposes of individual research.
  • Additional costs as may be required for materials on your chosen module option.
  • Materials for your final project exhibition.

Whilst the MRes will cover the costs of installation and AV equipment is available to hire at no charge, please anticipate budgeting for additional costs for further materials, depending on the nature of your final exhibition.

International tuition fee: £13,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

As a Masters level researcher it is anticipated that you will have access to some existing equipment for your practice, such as a laptop and camera, and a studio or working space for your creative research outside the University. Costs that will be covered through the facilities and resources at Harrow Campus at Westminster are detailed below, and the costs which you will be expected to cover yourself, for both the development and the final presentation of your creative research project. Access to University facilities and managing your budget for your project will be discussed in consultation with your supervisor and the MRes course leader.

Included in the costs of your study:

  • Equipment, such as cameras, are free to hire through the audio visual stores, and specialist software programmes can be accessed through computers in the library resources at Harrow Campus, and through relevant course facilities.
  • Workshops and tutorials are also available to develop the technical knowledge and skills appropriate to your project, and to using the technical facilities available, and can be arranged in liaison with the MRes course leader.

Additional costs will vary according to the materials required for the development and realization of your project. For example, researchers working with moving image may wish to explore the more costly option of 16mm film whilst others may prefer to use digital moving image, at a lower cost. Materials are available at a cost price through the technical stores at Harrow Campus. Please see the appended list for more details.

Other additional costs may include:

  • External field trips for the purposes of individual research.
  • Additional costs as may be required for materials on your chosen module option.
  • Materials for your final project exhibition.

Whilst the MRes will cover the costs of installation and AV equipment is available to hire at no charge, please anticipate budgeting for additional costs for further materials, depending on the nature of your final exhibition.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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