AVPhD was the name given to an The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] funded training and support network for all those doing, supervising and examining audio-visual practice based doctorates, launched in September 2005. Its origins lay in a one day symposium in October 2004 at the University of Westminster, attended by more than 60 people from around the country and from abroad.

Discussions with colleagues prior to the symposium had suggested that HE institutions were working with a number of different models of the relation between theory and practice, and with differing expectations about what is submissable at PhD level. As a consequence, we set up AVPhD to provide collaborative training provision for doctoral students (alongside supervisors and examiners), funded by the AHRC.

Between 2005-2008 AVPhD network has facilitated a multi-disciplinary research community of over 400 people, creating an accessible forum for those both inside and outside Higher Education. Beginning in the South-East in our first year we quickly expanded to the rest of the UK, hosting and supporting four one day and eight two day training events around the UK and Ireland.

The publication of a dedicated Journal of Media Practice (Vol 9: Issue 1), with accompanying ScreenWork DVD, and the celebratory Viva Viva event in December 2008, marked the end of our AHRC funding for this current phase of our work. Nevertheless we still intend to support and consolidate a sustainable AVPhD network for all those working in the field, and we have identified an ongoing strategic need to build the capacity of the group of experienced AVPhD supervisors and examiners. We will continue this development of the network particularly through our website, as well as by encouraging more localised and regional initiatives to support supervisors, examiner and students.

In Past Events you will find programmes, articles and supplementary materials for the dozen AVPhD events that ran between January 2006 and December 2008.

Steering Group

  • Joram ten Brink – Professor in Film, Head of practice based PhD programme, University of Westminster
  • Ian Christie – Professor, School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck University of London
  • Tony Dowmunt – Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths University of London
  • Alisa Lebow – Lecturer in Film Studies, Brunel University
  • Cahal McLaughlin – Senior Lecturer, Media Studies, University of Ulster
  • Robin Nelson – Professor, Department of Contemporary Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Gail Pearce – Lecturer, Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Al Rees – Research Tutor, Department of Communication, Art and Design, Royal College of Art
  • Rosie Thomas – Reader in Art and Media Practice and Director of Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster
  • Zemirah Moffat (Administrator) – Doctoral student, University of Westminster (2003-2009)

Research Projects and Centres

CREAM is home to a range of research centres and projects.

PhD research topics

PhD Research Topics

The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media offers a doctoral programme as well as funded research studentships.