CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media), University of Westminster, is a world-leading centre and pioneer in practice-based, critical, theoretical and historical research in the broad areas of art, creative and interdisciplinary practice. 

CREAM runs a dynamic programme of exhibitions, screenings  and talks throughout the year. CREAM researchers take part in wide ranging academic and public engagement activities, reflecting the diversity and international scope of our research culture. For upcoming programmes visit events.

Doctoral Programme

The CREAM doctoral programme hosts a thriving international community of researchers exploring issues in art and design, film, photography, moving image, ceramics, cultural studies, art and technology/science, and music.


CREAM is now accepting applications for the AHRC-funded technē Doctoral Training Partnership, beginning in Autumn 2022.  

technē supports outstanding students pursuing the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches across a range of the arts and humanities. The University of Westminster is one of the nine universities that make up the technē consortium. 

As well as financial support, technē offers a developmental framework for doctoral researchers across the collaborating institutions, with research training, supportive community networks, professional and public engagement opportunities and a space for both independent and collaborative scholarship. 

The studentships include maintenance and fees for 3.5 years for a full-time student; or 7 years for a part-time student at 50% of the full-time studentship level each year (pro-rata if you have already started your PhD). Studentships are open to students who have already started their doctoral study but they must have at least 50% of the funded period of an AHRC award (usually 18 months full time) remaining at the time they start their scholarship. 

International students are eligible to apply for studentships but will be expected to pay the difference between the home and international fee rate themselves (as the studentship will only cover fees at the home rate, plus the stipend).  

The deadline for applications is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 3rd December 2021. Interviews will be held week commencing 17th January 2022. 

For further information on applying for technē studentships and funding opportunities for graduate research, please follow links to our Doctoral Programme.  

For more information on technē and the kinds of projects it funds, please see: 


Phoebe Cummings has been awarded an Artist Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute to develop her project Writing Sculpture: Recording the Ephemeral.  She will examine how other artists have documented sculpture through different forms of writing, as well as developing new texts and notation in relation to her own ephemeral works in clay, considering how they may combine with other sensory records to offer modes of reproduction, performance and collection.

Lucy Reynolds was awarded the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art Mid-Career Research Award 2021/2.


We are pleased to announce a unique doctoral partnership between CREAM and the Dartington Trust, building on shared visions, methods and rigour in practice-based research excellence. Based in the doctoral research environment at the Dartington Trust, doctoral researchers will have access to the expertise and facilities of both centres. PhD supervisory teams are drawn from across the two research cultures at CREAM and Dartington. Dartington Trust is a centre for arts, ecology and social justice, based on a 1,200 acre estate near Totnes, Devon in southern England. For more information about the history Dartington:

For further information on the CREAM/DARTINGTON NODE and opportunities to undertake graduate research, please follow links to our Doctoral Programme.