Visioning the Future II

Visioning the Future II: Doctoral Education in the School of Film, Music & Theatre at UCC

Following the success of Visioning the Future, we are now embarking on Visioning the Future II: Doctoral Education in the School of Film, Music & Theatre at UCC. This project aims to build on our previous work to develop an internationally competitive Doctoral School in the School of Film, Music & Theatre (FMT) at University College Cork. 

Through focus groups and surveys with staff and doctoral students, the research will review current procedures across the three departments of Film & Screen Media, Music, and Theatre, and propose policies and recommendations to strengthen our doctoral programmes, and develop structures to support identified student needs.

Visioning the Future II will result in a dynamic and student-centred FMT Doctoral School which will be a beacon for the pedagogies of PhD teaching in the creative disciplines of Film, Music, and Theatre for both Traditional and Artistic Doctoral programmes in Ireland.

This 6-month research project is hosted by the University College Cork School of Film, Music & Theatre and funded by the Irish Higher Education Authority through a National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Award. 

Meet the team

Laura Rascaroli, Project Lead

Laura Rascaroli is Head of School and Professor in Film and Screen Media at UCC. Her research interests span European and World cinemas; experimental nonfiction, the essay film, and first-person cinemas; artist film and the post-medium moving image; film space and geopolitics; and the politics of form. She is the author of several monographs, including How the Essay Film Thinks (Oxford UP, 2017), The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (Wallflower, 2009), and Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (Wallflower, 2006), and coeditor of collections including Expanding Cinema: Theorizing Film Through Contemporary Art (Amsterdam UP, 2020) and Antonioni: Centenary Essays (BFI, 2011). Her work has been translated into several languages. She is the General Editor of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.


Inês Bento Coelho, Postdoctoral Researcher

Inês Bento Coelho is a scholar, artist and lecturer. Her current research explores best practices in doctoral education in artistic research degrees, encompassing policies and protocols, supervision, peer-learning and student wellbeing. She published Artistic Doctorate Resources with Jools Gilson (2021), a major resource for PhD students and staff. Inês holds a practice-based PhD across visual and performing arts funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (The Glasgow School of Art, 2019). Her doctoral research explored choreographic approaches in installation art, focusing on space awareness and performativity within site responsive contexts, with a practice spanning across performance, installation and film. She has previously taught at University of Glasgow, The Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins, the Croydon College of Art, the University of Derby, and the Faculties of Fine Arts Lisbon and Porto. She is currently a Researcher at The Glasgow School of Art in the Erasmus+ project Advancing Supervision for Artistic Research Doctorates.



Yvon Bonenfant, Head, Department of Theatre, University College Cork

Dan O’Connell, Head, Department of Film & Screen Media, University College Cork

Jeffrey Weeter, Head, Department of Music, University College Cork