Research for Creative Practice

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
20 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA W80012 Creative Writing,
MA QV2312 Film Studies,
MA W81112 Scriptwriting (Theatre and Digital Media),
MA W8F912 Wild Writing: Literature, Landscape and the Environment,
MA W81212 Theatre Practice

Module description

This is a ten-week module running throughout the autumn and spring terms that prepares MA Creative Writing, Wild Writing, Scriptwriting, Theatre Practice and Film Studies students for conducting effective project research and equips them for their creative dissertation. The dissertation is a crucial component of all these MA schemes and this module offers students the chance to develop their creative practice in terms of the different modes of research that inform a creative dissertation.

The module is a companion to LT901 Research Methods, which guides postgraduate students through primary and secondary research methods required by critical and analytical humanities disciplines. Taught components of LT905 Research for Creative Practice will sometimes coincide with taught components of LT901 Research Methods, where relevant bringing the taught cohort together in interdisciplinary exchange, and also offer specific instruction to students working on their creative dissertation.

The purpose of this module is to show students that creative work across disciplines can arise from creative research practice, and that creative work can be a response to research material. The module will also expand the students' understanding of research from other primary and secondary textual and digital sources to include archives and experiential research. This module will show students how research can shape and guide multiple outputs and will demonstrate potential pathways from the genesis to delivery and dissemination of creative projects.

The course is also recommended to first-year LiFTS PhD & MA by Dissertation students undertaking a creative project as the main component of their doctorate.

Module aims

• To introduce students to the various research methods involved in creative practice.
• To help students through the conception and execution of their dissertation.
• To understand and apply research skills utilised by creative practitioners.
• To provide students with structured inspiration and preparation that will orientate their expectations and working practices for future creative projects.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the research methods involved in creative practice
2. Critically evaluate the pertinence of particular research methods in relation to their own creative practice
3. Deploy research methods appropriately for their creative practice
4. Develop their creative practice in line with expectations and standards of commercial and/or academic bodies

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is organised into two-hour sessions, running fortnightly over the autumn and spring terms. There will be set readings for some sessions, and on occasion students may be required to prepare materials in advance.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Formative assignment: Annotated Bibliography (2,000-2,500 words)    0% 
Coursework   COMPULSORY: Dissertation Proposal (for Supervisor allocation)    0% 
Coursework   Summative assignment: Creative Project Research Dossier (4,000 words)    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Matthew De Abaitua, email:
Ms Annecy Lax, email:
LiFTS General Office – email: Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Celia Brayfield
Bath Spa University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 18 (90%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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