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From doctoral project to cinematic release: A dialogue on the impact pathway of Colours of the Alphabet

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alastair Cole



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2018.

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Since its inception the practice-based PhD has had as its point of reference the traditional text based PhD. Whilst methodologies may differ, and the exact division and relationship between the written element and the practice output continues to vary between institutions, in the case of lens-based documentary practice at least, the film output has the potential to reach and impact upon audiences outside the academy in a way that traditional text-based doctorates rarely do.The dialogue below explores this ‘second public life’ of the practice-based doctoral output and in particular, the transition from a doctoral project to a more explicitly public facing and collaborative project. This transition forms the basis of the discussion between Professor Nick Higgins, the supervisor and latterly the producer of the documentary Colours of the Alphabet and Dr. Alastair Cole, the doctoral candidate and director of Colours of the Alphabet.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Higgins N, Cole A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Media Practice and Education

Year: 2018

Volume: 19

Issue: 3

Pages: 243-255

Online publication date: 24/01/2019

Acceptance date: 25/09/2018

Date deposited: 16/01/2019

ISSN (print): 1468-2753

ISSN (electronic): 2040-0926

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/25741136.2018.1529477


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