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Dr Angela Piccini


As an educator, I co-directed the MA in Archaeology for Screen Media (2002-12), which was an industrial partnership between the Departments of Archaeology, Drama: Theatre, Film, Television and Channel 4's Time Team series. Graduates of that programme now work across the broadcasting and creative industries and in the third and public sectors. Within that programme I taught Archaeological Theory, Heritage, Project Development, Media Archaeologies and the practice-based dissertation.

I led the co-design with staff and students of the 2011 Drama curriculum and was part of the team led by Ki Cater that designed the suite of MArts and MSc degrees in the new Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In Film & Television, I teach the practice-based Documentary unit and have convened and taught Film Histories, Practice-based Dissertation, Industrial Placement and Written Dissertation. 

My teaching practice encompasses:

  • Small-group tutorials and seminars to allow close analysis of critical texts and media practices;
  • In-class screenings to provide access to practices and space for collective discussion;
  • Lectures to heighten the communication of key information and complex ideas;
  • Practical workshops and critical responses to create spaces in which students can explore and expand their critical and creative skills and knowledge towards the production of practical work;
  • Online environments to encourage students to extend their tutorial and seminar work, to lead debate and to generate critical questioning and are useful for practical project development and documenting process;
  • Fieldwork to provide students with the opportunity to locate their practices in broader cultural contexts and to develop practical research methods and community-based practices shaped by appropriate ethical concerns.


Laura Aish is undertaking a practice-based PhD, following the successful completion of her MPhil (2016). She is working on video archive, experimental film and place in Taunton (2nd supervisor, Nariman Massoumi)

Greg Bond is a PhD student in Geography, attached to the Productive Margins project. His project concerns arts practices and public spaces and is located with Coexist. I am on his supervisory committee.

Myung-hye Chun is a PhD student in Film. I co-supervise her project with Professor Simon Jones (Theatre). Her Phd explores Krzysztof Kieslowski’s late films and philosophies and practices of care.

Will Finch is a PhD student in Music. I co-supervise his project with Guido Heldt. His PhD project explores music in the award-winning BBC documentary series Arena - the means by which Arena constructs ideas about music, and the uses the series itself makes of music.

Vesna Lukic is a DEAS Scholar, undertaking a practice-based PhD, co-supervised with Prof Tim Cole (Historical Studies) on the WW2 Kladovo Transport along the Danube.

Molly Niu's PhD research is concerned with remediation and the affordances of transnational digital compositing as it impacts on editing and post-production processes in both industry-facing and independent film. This is co-supervised by Dr Charlotte Crofts, UWE. (Submitted, February 2018)


Greg Bailey's Views and Soundings: Marking Boundaries for Archaeological Practice (awarded 2018) is a practice-based PhD, based in Archaeology & Anthropology and in Film. It develops Greg's research from his MA in Archaeology for Screen Media to investigate how different media practices produce contemporary archaeologies. Greg is concerned with the means by which archaeologists can effectively, creatively and critically communicate the urgent political and social relevance of archaeology in contemporary culture through the moving image.

Sy Taffel was awarded his PhD in 2013, in systems-based and ecological theories in the understanding of digital media forms. His research discusses the materiality of networked media, ecological blogs and the performativity of software. Sy's research was co-supervised by Professor Jon Dovey, Director of REACT, UWE.

Yuyu Zhang was awarded an MPhil in 2016 for her practice-based work on expanded cinema.