University of Westminster

Course Introduction

Please note: this course is subject to validation approval.

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.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Research - MRes
2 years
Part Time
Master of Research - MRes

Qualifications required:

  • 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) A good (first, good 2.1 or equivalent) honours degree including a substantial amount of creative practice, or
  • b) A good Masters degree (distinction, merit or equivalent) in a creative arts, design or media subject, or
  • c) 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).