Taught course

Doctor of Creative Arts (Performing Arts)

University of Winchester · Department of English and Creative Writing
PhD by taught

Entry requirements

Normally a good MA focussed in a relevant creative discipline, but all applications are considered. Applicants with appropriately focused MAs or MFAs may apply for credit (RPL) toward appropriate portions of the programme. Application process: In the first instance, please contact the Programme Leader for more information. Applicants may then submit an application online at UKPASS.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Creative Arts (Performing Arts) at Winchester is an exciting and innovative response to the needs of creative writers/artists who wish to push forward, expand and refine their practices.

This programme provides a space within which practising writers/artists can develop and refine their compositional ability and rigour within the broad paradigm of writing/performance and within advanced, professional practices. We focus on the student's ability to conceive, realise and critically evaluate the success of her or his original writing. We understand success can be defined in many ways, but we insist every person must settle on his or her own definition of success and be able to defend it.

This means we provide a reflective, creative space, with a focus on advanced, informed, sophisticated creative practice which experiments and innovates. The programme helps each student to further uncover, reveal and discover their originality and to articulate the contribution that original work is making to the larger artistic sphere or the professional environment.

Students may either choose to bring some of their on going creative writing/practice within the framework of the doctorate, or they can elect to use the doctorate to experiment with new and untested ideas, away from the commercial, financial and political pressures of their practice and its funders.

After the first module, assessment can be by creative practice portfolio and viva voce without written theorisation, as long as the practice evidences a clear, distinct and original contribution to the profession of making and realising. However, students always have the option to write a critical piece.


  • Practice, Research, Creativity, Aesthetics, Innovation
  • Research and Development


300 credits over 2 years (full-time) or up to 4 years (part-time) - this is a refinement of the output into work of publishable or suitable public performance standards.

Students prepare a portfolio of finished work. In all cases, the research underpinning the portfolio contents must be perceptible within the artistic product in the sense that they must express an original contribution to the field of professional writing/performance research. If this is not evident in the artwork, argument can be made for this as part of the portfolio in a range of other forms such as media presentation, a performance, a lecture and supportive writing.

The first two modules require participants to attend two obligatory intensives per year, during which lectures, seminars and work sharing sessions with supervisors and other students takes place where possible (arrangements may vary to suit individual students' needs). This is complemented by individual supervisory contact, similar to other doctorates. The thesis is by individual supervision only.

Students are required on campus for two one-week periods, usually one in September and one during the Easter holidays (which may change on negotiation). Most teaching is undertaken via one-to-one supervision. There is optional summer use of the campus facilities. Students can be supervised using Skype and other technologies if they live at a distance.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent language test. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

UK students
Pre thesis £6000 per year

Qualification and course duration

PhD by taught

full time
48 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Yvon Bonenfant
+44 (0) 1962 827505