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.
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.