Doctor of Creative Arts (Performing Arts)

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.

Doctor of Creative Arts (Performing Arts) at University of Winchester

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL - formerly known as AP(E)L)
Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study and/or experiential learning may apply for RPL. Please note that any credits or marks gained from previous study shall not be counted in your final result as your award is calculated solely on the credits and marks accumulated while registered at the University of Winchester.

An application for RPL to exempt the postgraduate research student from part of the research skills programme, or from a module of the pre-thesis stage of a professional doctorate programme should normally be submitted at the application stage.  Please note it can not be used in relation to the thesis for Professional Doctorate, MPhil or PhD qualifications. Please refer to the RPL Policy for further details or email

Part-time: The first two modules, each of which last a year, are exclusively part-time. Students may elect to study via part-time or full-time study for the final creative thesis module. The programme is designed to complement existing artistic practice.

Start dates: September

Distance learning available

Teaching takes place: 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.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

Application process: In the first instance, please contact the Programme Leader for more information. Applicants may then submit an application online at UKPASS.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

September 2017 Entry


  • Year 1 | £6,000
  • Year 2 | £6,000


  • Year 3 | £1,998
  • Year 4 | £1,998
  • Year 5 | £1,998
  • Year 6 | £1,998

Total cost | £19,992

For more information about tuition fees, visit our Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

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 ongoing 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.

  • Studio 1: Practice, Research, Creativity, Aesthetics, Innovation
  • Studio 2: Research and Development


Studied over 2 years (full-time) or up to 4 years (part-time) - this is a refinement of the output into work of publishable 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.

Programme Leader

Assessment is by a combination of written and documented practical work. The exact balance across these is negotiated with your supervisors, through developing an assessment contract, and is adapted to each practitioner's work, and to each module. Viva voce examinations are required for the Studio 2 module and Thesis.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Writers/artists emerge from this doctorate with a refreshed portfolio of work, with strong, savvy, competitive and intelligent documentation and with an enhanced ability to both demonstrate and articulate their work's originality. This should improve their ability to justify work in terms of publishing and funding and to market their work to appropriate environments, bringing new perspectives, skills and approaches to other opportunities.

Programme Leader: Dr Yvon Bonenfant
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827505

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

The following policy documents provide additional information in regards to the application process for this course: 

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