The Master of Arts in Creative Practice is new for 2013 and has been specially devised for creative practitioners; recent graduates and professionals who wish to examine, strengthen and deepen their practice within their own context. This course is all about the individual.
The unique programme encourages you to pursue an individual research proposal for the duration of the programme which will allow you to examine and strengthen your own practice and place it at the centre of your studies. It addresses the needs of graduates in art and design, who want to continue to develop their practice; develop their identities in the context of the creative and cultural industries; maintain contact with other creative practitioners; develop freelance or other career paths in the context of a portfolio career.
The programme is intellectually demanding, but not theory heavy. It’s ideal if you have experience as a practicing artist and a need to devote time and energy to your work in a real art-school community and atmosphere. Learning will be dynamic and interactive, and cohorts will be encouraged to share and collaborate with one another.
STAFF & FACILITIES
We are a specialist art and design institution, so there are many contacts within the College to ensure that you’ll communicate and collaborate with fellow creative people.
Specially selected staff, with post graduate expertise in their particular fields will be on hand to give MA in Creative Practice students individual advice and insight. Staff will encourage you to forge links within industry leading to the development of original work which has relevance to a specific market. Tutors are involved in practice-led research which will continue to enrich the MA programme throughout the course. Tutors are passionate, engaged and will help you get the best out of your practice.
You will have full access to the industry standard facilities in the College. We provide workshops for specialist disciplines, areas in which to exhibit and well-supported networks of PCs and Macs. Our Library & Learning Resource Centre offers you access to over 30,000 books and 140 national and international magazines, as well as a vast range of multi-media resources.
The College’s ongoing commitment to maintaining up-to-date industry-standard technology means you’ll be able to produce the highest-quality work, meeting or even exceeding the demands of modern practice in art, craft and design.
The course is not about developing new skills, instead you are helped to extend and deepen your own skills, experience and ideas, so a research proposal is a key part of the application process.
The proposal will outline what you hope to explore, and should be a project which will last throughout the course of your study, with a firm outcome at the end. Interviews will play a crucial role in selection.
Typical applicants for the MA in Creative Practice could be art and design graduates with a 2:1 or above or current practitioners wishing to direct or redirect their work in the following ways:
- Deepen their understanding of their practice
- Extend existing skills
- Work at a higher level
- Understand or create a context for their practice
- Understand their practice as research
- Develop knowledge about the methodologies of creative practice
- Meet with other like- minded practitioners in order to develop their work through discussion and critical evaluation
METHODS OF STUDY
The course is flexible and is designed to meet the needs of a variety of artists and designers.
Running from September 2013 to August 2014 the course gives you many study options. It can be taken as a Full Time MA for one year or a Part Time MA for two years.
List of Module Titles
Practice and Personal Development
Research Methods 1
Professional Context 1
Research Methods 2
Professional Context 2