Creative Practice MRes

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UKPASS code: 060401 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Part-time day/evening
Start: 14 September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Location: North-West London
Campus: Harrow

Important tuition fee information – please read.

Alumni discount.

Home/EU: £2,500.00
Overseas: £6,250.00

*Please note: this course is subject to validation

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 Content


The Creative Practice MRes consists of three modules:

  1. Research Project in Creative Practice (whole year – 140 credits)

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.

  1. Research Methods in Creative Practice (first semester – 20 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?
  1. Optional Module of your choice (20 credits) selected from our wide range of arts, design and media post-graduate courses.

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:

Associated careers

The Creative Practice MRes provides the tools to develop a profession in 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.

Course Leader

Dr Lucy Reynolds is an artist, writer and curator who has lectured and published extensively, most particularly focused on questions of the moving image, feminism, political space and collective practice. Her articles have appeared in a range of journals such as Afterall, the Moving Image Review and Art Journal, Screen, Screendance, Art Agenda and Millennium Film Journal, and she has curated exhibitions and film programmes for a range of institutions nationally and internationally. As an artist, her films and installations have been presented in galleries and cinemas internationally, and her ongoing sound work A Feminist Chorus have been heard at the Glasgow International Festival, the Wysing Arts Centre and most recently as a European Chorus for the No Fun without EU arts event, Vyner Street. She is currently editing an anthology on Women Artists, Feminism and the Moving Image, for publication in 2018.

Length of course

The course runs from September to August, one year full-time or two years part-time.


The course is based primarily at Westminster’s Harrow Campus, but events, lectures and resources can also be accessed at other campuses such as Marylebone and Regent Street.

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.


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  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

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