School of Communication, Culture & Creative Arts

  • Description
  • The School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Cul­ture & Cre­ative Arts (CCCA) brings together a num­ber of aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­plines that share a com­mon inter­est in the explo­ration and pro­mo­tion of the per­form­ing and cre­ative arts and their role in our society.

    The School has a vibrant teach­ing and learn­ing ethos, informed by excel­lent schol­ar­ship and research, which has been recog­nised as ‘world lead­ing’ in the Gov­ern­ment Research Assess­ment Exer­cise 2008. The School is com­mit­ted to devel­op­ing the full poten­tial of all its mem­bers in their cho­sen fields.

    Staff Research

    There are many active areas of research in each of the pro­grammes that, together, com­prise the School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Cul­ture, and Cre­ative Arts. Cur­rent research engages with the knowl­edge and ped­a­gog­i­cal devel­op­ments in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent aca­d­e­mic fields, its con­tri­bu­tion reflected in the steady out­put of schol­arly arti­cles, mono­graphs, and reviews as well as pub­li­ca­tion of poetry and short sto­ries, pro­fes­sional involve­ment in the­atre and media, and jour­nal­ism and aca­d­e­mic editing.

    Such exper­tise means that the School is able to offer stu­dents in each pro­gramme a cur­ricu­lum that is informed by the most recent and rel­e­vant devel­op­ments in the field. The School is also able to offer a cur­ricu­lum taught by staff engaged in an active and crit­i­cal appre­ci­a­tion of the lat­est in ped­a­gog­i­cal research with regard to Higher Education.

    Accord­ingly, high-​level aca­d­e­mic research has a cen­tral role in the activ­i­ties of the School. Staff are enthu­si­as­ti­cally com­mit­ted to their areas of exper­tise and are also aware of the need to com­mu­ni­cate this enthu­si­asm to stu­dents through effec­tive ped­a­gog­i­cal prac­tice. Research informs and inspires the cur­ricu­lum and also ensures its effec­tive pre­sen­ta­tion to students.

    Within the Eng­lish Pro­gramme, and as befits a depart­ment located beside Horace Walpole’s lit­tle Gothic cas­tle, we have par­tic­u­lar teach­ing and research strengths in eighteenth-​century and romantic-​period lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture. The Cen­tre for Joseph Con­rad Stud­ies is a focus of inter­na­tional research into the life and works of one of the lead­ing authors in Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture. The School also boasts exper­tise in areas of Applied Lin­guis­tics such as cog­ni­tive approaches to sec­ond lan­guage learn­ing, task-​based lan­guage teach­ing, and ulti­mate attain­ment in a sec­ond language.

    Cre­ative Writ­ing tutors cur­rently include pub­lished nov­el­ists and short-​story writ­ers, a writer of children’s nov­els, an advert­ing copy writer, review­ers and an active journalist.

    In Soci­ol­ogy, cur­rent research projects include “Japan­ese Soci­ety and Cul­ture,” “Cul­ture, Eth­nic­ity, and Edu­ca­tion,” “Global Moder­nity,” and “Gen­der and Sex­u­al­i­ties,” and “Media and Crime.”

    The tutors within the Drama pro­gramme are pro­fes­sional prac­ti­tion­ers. Their research reflects the two strands of the dis­ci­pline: Drama and Per­for­mance Stud­ies, and Phys­i­cal The­atre. Among the recent and forth­com­ing books are: Holis­tic Body­work for Per­form­ers, Women’s Voices in Tan­za­nia, Per­for­mance and Tech­nol­ogy: Prac­tices of Vir­tual Embod­i­ment and Inter­ac­tiv­ity, A Hand­book of Cos­tume, and It’s Only a Gameshow: Evolved Intel­li­gence and Reality.

    These exam­ples of aca­d­e­mic research are com­ple­mented by pro­fes­sional con­tri­bu­tions to Per­for­mance as Research in Prac­tice that include such pro­duc­tions as Can­cer Tales, Labels of Love, Woyzeck, Love Wars, Sleep No More, and Robin of Wych­wood. Col­lab­o­ra­tions with pro­fes­sional the­atre com­pa­nies and prac­ti­tion­ers include: Punch­drunk and Clean Break, and Nell Dunn and Julian Crouch.

    Finally, the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cul­ture and Film Research Group incor­po­rates staff from Soci­ol­ogy, Film and Pop­u­lar Cul­ture, Media Arts and Irish Stud­ies. Staff in the research group are engaged in work that largely focuses on film and visual media includ­ing Audi­ence Stud­ies, Cult Film and Tele­vi­sion, Ani­ma­tion Stud­ies, Hor­ror, Gen­der Stud­ies and Sub­cul­tures, and Fans and Youth Cultures.

    Details

    Website smuc.ac.uk/ccca
    Phone +44.20.8240-4071

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