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Film and Media PhD project opportunities

Find out more about self-funded PhD projects in areas where we already have supervisors active and engaged in the research topic in Cambridge School of Creative Industries.

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Project outline

We invite PhD proposals that examine the expanded field of moving image in contemporary art practices. These may address questions and concerns including the uses of experimental film and video and their means of presentation.

Approaches may consider the examination of experimental film and video and their historical and contemporary contexts; uses of and relationships between analogue and/or digital film and video; questions of materiality/immateriality within the field of moving image; the impact of technology on moving image practices; installation and the moving image; performance and the moving image; the uses of sound within moving image practices; sculptural and spatial concerns in moving image practices; explorations of site and place; questions of spectatorship.

We are interested in cross-disciplinary projects facilitating new modes of expression that locate themselves where some of the above concerns may intersect.

These concerns are closely related to staff research interests relating to documentation, performance and the mediated image (Véronique Chance); audio, video, text, sculpture and site specificity (Rosanna Greaves); painting, video, music and text (David Ryan); experimental and independent film and questions of presence and place (Neil Henderson); experimental cinema and digital approaches (Simon Payne).

This project is particularly aligned to the Faculty Research Theme of Creative Technologies. We are also interested in projects that may also link to the other Faculty Research Themes of Performance, Arts & Well-Being; Communities; and Design, Culture & Sustainability, and that offer potentially innovative new knowledge and insights to these concerns.

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This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

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Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email [email protected]

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email [email protected]

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

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If you have an idea for a project that does not align with one of the pre-defined projects above, please contact us at [email protected]