Socially Engaged Arts Practice with Community Experience
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Art and Design
Start Dates(s): September
One year full-time, two years part-time
- Develop your knowledge and skills relating to current debates and practices
- You will develop your arts practice within a socially engaged and collaborative context
- Undertake placements, residencies and live project opportunities with communities, arts and public sector organisations.
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
This programme is open for September 2018 entry only.
Socially Engaged Arts Practice focuses on building relationships between artists, members of communities and organisations by working alongside those communities in ways that inform the artist’s practice. Through such practice, communities and individuals can be supported to articulate their own concerns and priorities. Students on the programme may work with a community in a specific area or identify a community of users from public places such as schools, hospitals, museums/galleries or sites of commercial interest to collaborate with.
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 students at an advanced level in developing, extending and applying complex strategies and process based activities within collaborative, community based, and informal educational contexts, enabling detailed discourse and the creation of a contextual framework from which to practice.
Socially Engaged Arts Practice focuses on building relationships between artists, members of communities and organisations working alongside those communities in ways that inform the artist’s practice. Through such practice, communities and individuals can be supported to articulate their own concerns and priorities. Students on the programme may identify with a specific community in a specific area or identify a community of users from public places such as a school, hospital, museum/ gallery or sites of commercial interest.
The programme structure consists of 5 modules, 4 of which are delivered within a collaborative framework allowing all students across the Masters in Art & Design programs (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 1 module is tailored to the specific programme learning outcomes.
For the full-time study option:Semester 1 - October 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 within the creative and cultural industries.
This semester focuses exclusively on a self-directed major project/ exhibition.
The aim of this module 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
During the 'major project’ you are provided with a supporting supervisor, in developing concerns and practice-drivers accrued throughout your programme, 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)
- Developing Approaches to Engagement (30 credits)
- Real World Context (30 credits)
- Exploring Theory & Practice (30 credits)
- Definitive Practice (60 credits)