Creative Arts - Creative Practice DProf

Creative Arts - Creative Practice DProf

School of Journalism, Media and Performance


Post- graduate





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  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 Years Part Time: students will take more than three years to complete the modules so you should discuss with your tutor. Part-time students should note that there can be prerequisites that affect the order in which modules can be studied.

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Professional Development

  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:

    September, December, March or June

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Why study this programme?

The Professional Doctorate has practice at the forefront of the research through testing defined methodologies, developing your own personal and professional curiosity in a specific area of academic interest, to gain invaluable skills and knowledge to progress your career and creative goals.
Ultimately to make a contribution to new and original knowledge in your chosen field; in a supportive framework within a supervisory team, who will help you develop your research topic and keep you on track.

At level seven specific research methods are introduced and developed according to the specific intention of each individual student. Planning and management of projects are tested according to the direction of the research. Developments in practice are scaled to suit the wider goals for level eight, but also be in keeping with expectations for masters level study

At level eight the research focus is articulated towards approval by a Research Degree board. Pilots projects are tested through rigorous planning and techniques are explored through practice, context and reflective evaluation.

Student are thereby prepared for the Doctorate Arts Practice whereby they fully realise a practice-based doctorate arts project that makes a significant contribution to original knowledge. Leading through to the Viva Voce whereby the individual is able to defend their specific contribution to original knowledge. 

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Entry Requirements

Applicants for entry to level seven are welcome with qualifications in subjects across
the arts and are required to demonstrate understanding of and commitment to creative
practice. If applicants do not have the preferred entry qualifications, they will be considered
with equivalent qualifications or if they can demonstrate how they will benefit from this course
and achieve timely completion.

Applicants who already possess an equivalent master’s level degree may gain direct entry to
the level eight modules (the practitioner-researcher component of the course) if there is
sufficient parity between the existing degree and the proposed practitioner-research.
Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential
Learning (APEL) may be claimed in relation to this course up to a maximum of 180 Level 7

Programme at a Glance

DZ4000 (L7) Creative Practice (60 credits)

DZ4001 (L7) Research (20 credits)

DZ4002 (L7) Project Management and Planning (40 credits)

DZ4003 (L7) Major Project (60 credits)

DZ5001 (L8) Strategic Management (20 credits)

DZ5004 ((L8) Practice as Research Methodology and Methods (20 credits)

DZ5002 (L8) Diagnostic Pilot Arts Project (80 credits)

DZ5003 (L8) Doctorate Arts Project (240 credits)

Further Information

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £5,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £2,650 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

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