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The Centre for Socially Engaged Practice-Based Research (SEPR) offers a distinctive, multidisciplinary postgraduate and research environment, attentive to the concerns of documentary film and photography, participatory media practice, screen media, visual anthropology, cultural studies, installation and exhibition. SEPR foregrounds the use of lens-based practice and ethnographic methods as a dominant methodological orientation, with the aim of promoting a self-reflexive and critical understanding of the use of digital media technologies in the production, theorization and dissemination of new knowledge within and outside the academy.

SEPR doctoral students pursue either a 4-year full-time practice-based PhD integrated into DIT’s structural programme or a part-time 2-year PhD by Prior Publication with a focus on practice, designed for established practitioners (filmmakers, photographers, visual artists, journalists) wanting to reflect on their creative practice during the past decade.