Contemporary Arts Practice with Industry Experience
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Art and Design
Start Date(s): September
One year full-time
Two years part-time
2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.
Full-time - £7,560 per year (180 credits)
Part-time - Pro-rata by credits - contact for details
- Develop your knowledge and skills relating to current debates and practices
- Access to your own studio space and workshop support.
- You'll be offered placements, residencies and exhibition opportunities with key arts organisations.
- Part-time study option
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
This programme is open for September 2018 entry only.
This course is designed for students to refine their subject specific practice through creative industry experience, studio based experimentation, contextual research and critical dialogue to enable them to graduate as professional artists within the wider context of contemporary arts networks.
During your time with us, you will be encouraged to undertake independent contextual and theoretical research that will improve your capacity for independent enquiry, creativity and professional practice.
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in group exhibitions, residencies and live projects as we work closely with key cultural organisations within the North West. These include; The Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, Hotbed Press, Islington Mill, Castlefield Gallery, International 3, Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Artworks, Mark Devereux Projects and HOME.
This course embraces a range and diversity of practices and aims to:
- Provide the skills needed to professionalise careers through embedded creative placements and live projects with industry and community organisations.
- Develop creative, critical, analytical and intellectual competencies appropriate to Masters level degree study, which is informed by current industry practice.
- Develop advanced understanding of research methods in the context of contemporary art & design practice and to understand how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research.
- Enhance your knowledge and understanding of professional, contextual and collaborative frameworks appropriate to their experiences and objectives by establishing intellectual debate to enable the articulation and dissemination of their propositions.
- Assist you at an advanced level in developing, extending and applying complex strategies and approaches to the development of a professional studio practice, embedding the knowledge and skills required to establish you as an arts practitioners within the wider context of contemporary arts networks.
Contemporary Arts Practice is for committed artists who wish to develop their personal creative practice towards a higher, professional level. It actively encourages the pursuit of individual agendas for study and for personal choice of media/disciplines selected from the range of practices within the field.
You will contextualise your work via rigorous analysis of relevant cultural discourses and reflective studio-based practice. Running alongside this, is the notion of embedding this practice within the creative industries through public exhibition as well as responses to opportunities provided by our industry partners. Studio production is emphasised as a key driver for practice development and there is a challenging seminar programme and a comprehensive schedule of visiting or visits to artists/art professionals and venues.
The programme structure consists of five modules, four of which are delivered within a collaborative framework allowing all students across the Masters in Art & Design programmes (Contemporary Fine Art, Socially Engaged Arts Practice and Design for Communication) opportunities to engage with your peers whilst working through individual assignments focused around each programme. The remaining one module is tailored to the specific programme learning outcomes.
For the full-time study option:Semester 1 - September to February
Semester 2 - February to June
Semester 3 - June to September
You will take five core modules and will study one day a week. Full-time students will have concentrated module delivery in both the morning and afternoon
During the first semester, focus is placed upon you investigating, critically-reflecting and presenting ideas and findings; developing an understanding of research methods for practice; experiencing different strategies and a broad approach to the subject area.
Importance is placed on developing:
- the ability to explore, manage and present research content/drivers and potential of your individual practice
- the ability to identify and articulate practice-derived and research issues from your studio production or live projects
- the ability to analyse, critically reflect and present your developing concerns and any potential outcomes.
This semester focuses upon developing student knowledge, ability and application to explore different practical and theoretical issues relating to a variety of practices in art and design, and the creative and cultural industries.
This semester focuses exclusively on either self-directed major project: practice/or major project: dissertation.
The aim of the self-directed major project: practice is to offer you the opportunity to critically engage in a major practice-driven project in which the emphasis will be on production, analysis and critical reflection in response to your practice-drivers and concerns; or major research project: dissertation, in which the emphasis will be on developing a constructive response to a research question.
During the 'major project’ you are provided with a supporting supervisor, in developing concerns and practice-drivers accrued throughout the chosen programme of study, via a programmed series of tutorials. Individual tutorials and peer interaction/group discussions are integral to the development of the major project.
You will take five core sequential modules and will study one day a week. Part-time students will have concentrated module delivery in the mornings alongside full-time students.
- Creative Research Methods (30 credits)
- Expanded Studio Practice (30 credits)
- Real World Context (30 credits)
- Exploring Theory & Practice (30 credits)
- Definitive Practice (60 credits)