Postgraduate MA

Socially Engaged Arts Practice

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Course

One year

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

Do you want to empower communities through the power of art? Socially engaged practice involves collaboration and participation with people, through co-authored and co-produced activities that helps to define an environment, attitude or experience, and is often defined by the process of these interactions, rather than an outcome. Considering pressing issues such as inclusion, mental health awareness, homelessness, amongst many others enables students of this course to explore a wider variety of real-life scenarios and apply an artistic approach and understanding to developing conversations and debate around these areas with relevant stakeholders within a community.

Artists have a history of using their creativity to highlight the topics that matter to them. If you want to be part of the next generation of socially engaged artists - through either full-time or part-time study - our socially engaged arts practice programme is for you.

You’ll work with communities or projects that have a story to share, from youth clubs and local organisations, to cultural groups and institutions and use your arts practice to explore these compelling stories through the development of participatory events within this community, before potentially disseminating these findings to a wider populace, in a variety of forms. You’ll also gain an arts education relating to social issues, learning to use research and reflection to guide your creative process and create art that shines a spotlight on causes that matter.

You will:
  • Learn the skills needed to forge a professional career in the world of social and community art through engagement within dedicated communities.
  • Develop co-authorship and co-curation skills in managing and producing community inspired and facilitated projects.
  • Collaborate with other art and design students from different courses, strengthening your ability to work across multiple disciplines
  • Develop essential transferrable skills such as research, presenting, and self-reflection, as well as refine your artistic and creative abilities
  • Graduate with a strong portfolio of work that represents the outcomes of your community-based engagement and demonstrates your success in managing projects.

Want to learn more about studying on this Master’s community arts programme? Come along to our Open Day or contact our MA in Contemporary Fine Art programme leader, Tim Isherwood.

Our supportive course enquiries team can help you with any general questions you may have. You can also explore all of our Art and Design courses.

Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You are a committed fine art or creative practitioner who wants to develop your personal practice in a community setting.

2.

You want to learn by undertaking placements, residencies, and live project opportunities with communities, arts and public sector organisations.

3.

You hope to develop your knowledge and skills relating to current debates and practices.

Course details

All about the course

If you’re passionate about enabling communities to express and explore their own voices through artistic practice relating to contemporary social issues to current issues or represents communities that are important to you, through either full-time or part-time study this socially engaged art master’s programme is a fantastic way to move your career in a new direction.

During the first semester, you’ll learn how to make effective use of research techniques in identifying and developing relationships with chosen or identified communities, how to present your findings and ideas, as well as gain an understanding of how collaboration and engagement with communities can be applied to your own creative process.

Following on from that, your second semester will expose you to some of the practical and theoretical issues faced by socially engaged artists, You will work closely within your chosen communities to undertake a work placement which will help develop tangible real-world experience and enable you to apply your creativity and knowledge to benefit a particular project or organisation.

You’ll finish this arts and community course by completing a final major project, in which you’ll use all of the skills you’ve gained and developed during your studies. From research to critical reflection, you’ll be able to negotiate and work on a project of your choosing to serve as a clear demonstration of your understanding and creative ability.

Find out what you’ll be covering in each module by taking a look at the full course breakdown below.

Full-time: semester one

Creative Research Methods

This module focuses on the understanding of and the application of a range of practice based research methods. You are initially encouraged to develop an individual line of inquiry that will be explored through a variety of creative research methods of which you are supported through lectures, seminars and tutorials. This module has two assessment points at week seven and 12 and submissions will generally be project based (70%) with an underpinning written component (30%).

Exploring Theory and Practice

This module deals with the theoretical and practical issues faced by practitioners in the context of art and the creative and cultural industries. The module supports you in developing new ideas through research and practice and through an appraisal of the context in which they operate. Particular emphasis is placed on contexts that emerge from international perspectives and from contemporary debates around creativity.

Full-time:semester two

Real World Context

Through the Real World Context module you will undertake a placement in a relevant work place to gain new experiences and test out developing ideas and activities. The creative and cultural industries embrace a range of professional subjects. Given the transversality of these industries, it is important for you to have sufficient knowledge about the sector and its wider contexts, enabling you to identify and acquire professional skills within and across relevant sub-sectors. It is also important to enable you to understand and have experience of working in a multidisciplinary environment and an international context.

Applied Practice

Within the module you will examine how your design practice can be applied to external contexts such as notions of live projects, commissions and external sites. You will be expected to commitment to a establishing a mature design practice and evidence your research focus through this.

Full-time:semester three

Definitive Practice

The aims of the major project are to offer you the opportunity to critically engage in a major project in which the emphasis will be on defining and analysing through action research, and developing a constructive practical response to a line of inquiry or research question while formulating your own resolutions or conclusions from your body of work. The culmination of this module is an exhibition or other form of public exposition.

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.

Part-time: Year one, semester one, two and three

Creative Research Methods

This module focuses on the understanding of and the application of a range of practice-based research methods. You are initially encouraged to develop an individual line of inquiry that will be explored through a variety of creative research methods of which you are supported through lectures, seminars and tutorials. This module has two assessment points at weeks 4 and 12 and submissions will generally be project-based (70%) with an underpinning written component (30%).

Applied Practice

Within the module you will examine how your design practice can be applied to external contexts such as notions of live projects, commissions and external sites. You will be expected to commitment to a establishing a mature design practice and evidence your research focus through this.

Real World Context

Through the Real-World Context module, you will undertake a placement or residency in a relevant workplace to gain new experiences and test out developing ideas and activities. The creative and cultural industries embrace a range of professional subjects. Given the transversality of these industries, it is important for you to have sufficient knowledge about the sector and its wider contexts, enabling you to identify and acquire professional skills within and across relevant sub-sectors. It is also important to enable you to understand and have experience of working in a multidisciplinary environment and an international context.

Part-time: Year two, semester one, two and three

Exploring Theory and Practice

This module deals with the theoretical and practical issues faced by practitioners in the context of art and the creative and cultural industries. The module supports you in developing new ideas through research and practice and through an appraisal of the context in which they operate. Particular emphasis is placed on contexts that emerge from international perspectives and from contemporary debates around creativity.

Definitive Practice

The aims of the major project are to offer you the opportunity to critically engage in a major project in which the emphasis will be on defining and analysing through action research, and developing a constructive practical response to a line of inquiry or research question while formulating your own resolutions or conclusions from your body of work. The culmination of this module is an exhibition or other form of public exposition. 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.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Practical Projects

25%

65

10%

Reflective writing

TEACHING

As part of this community arts course, your timetable will include a breakdown of your scheduled lessons with timeslots for you to explore your independent research interests.Your classes will be based at our New Adelphi building.

This course uses a range of teaching and learning settings including lectures, seminars/workshops, tutorials, situated learning (e.g. ‘live’ projects) and independent learning. Studying on a master’s level programme will require you to conduct critical self-reflection in order to get the most from the process. You’ll do this through self-directed projects where you have the opportunity to negotiate what you study and what you’ll deliver for assessment.

You’ll 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. If you’re studying part-time, you will have concentrated module delivery in the mornings alongside full-time students.

Learning activities include exercises such as team and peer-based learning, studio practice and critical seminar-events, site visits, visiting professionals, work placements, online activities and critical debates.

ASSESSMENT

You’ll be assessed throughout the course on a combination of your coursework, as well as the contextual research that has influenced it. You’ll also be asked to keep reflective journals such as logs or sketchbooks.

All submissions are comprised of a body of practice plus a contextual and critical research portfolio, and reflective logs/journals and case studies. As the ‘thesis’ is embedded in the action research there is no requirement for a separate, written dissertation - although you may elect to do so, alongside a written supportive statement of 3000 words per module,if appropriate, by negotiation with final award Course Team.

*You can negotiate the format of your submissions, in response to the needs and priorities within your practice, and in line with contemporary professional practice habits.

BE A PART OF A CREATIVE, SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

All our Art and Design courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.

Each year - through the Create Awards – our School rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our final year and postgraduate students.

Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it.

ART AND DESIGN FACILITIES

This MA in Socially Engaged Arts Practice is based at our £55 million New Adelphi building, the home of design and creativity on campus.

When you study with us, you’ll learn from our experienced tutors and demonstrators, who’ll teach you how to use our art and design facilities. These include:

Studio space – dedicated areas for each course, giving you room to think and create.

MarkerSpace workshop - create digital rapid prototypes using 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters and more.

Photography studios - industry-standard photographic studios, which you can use in conjunction with darkrooms and digital printing facilities.

Workshops – from print to textiles, wood to metal, our range of workshops allow you to take your ideas from page to reality and work in a variety of media.

Mac suites - equipped with the industry-standard software you’ll need during your studies and in the world of work.

Take a 360 tour of our New Adelphi building.

Teacher Profile

Sam Ingleson
Programme Leader for MA Art and Design master's suite

Sam Ingleson is a multimedia visual artist. Her art practice is centred in social engagement and participatory performances. Her core research themes are the exploration of creative space and engagement in the formation of artistic strategies that include makers and performers. Sam’s current interest is collaborating to developing board games that bring groups of people together to celebrate, learn or reflect. This has led to the publication of a chapter 'An artists approach to board games', in: Moseley, A & Whitton, N (eds.), New traditional games for learning, A Case Book.

Sam is currently working with the Institute for Dementia at the University of Salford using game based methodologies to raise awareness and generate personal narratives around dementia. This is part of an ongoing body of work looking at how we can use games to engage with and widen the dementia debate.

Sam was previously the artistic director of Artists and Education (2003-2010), a company with a database of over 100 artists that devised, delivered, and evaluated artists’ residencies with young people. The company worked extensively in the North West with external partners including: Creative Partnerships, the Arts Council, and Salford and Manchester City Councils.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

Upon graduating from this socially engaged art master’s programme, you may choose to pursue a variety of career paths. For example, you could become a freelance artist, working in galleries, prisons, youth centres, hospitals, and schools.

Alternatively, you may take the knowledge you’ve gained and go into teaching, through a variety of formal and non-formal workshop or residency settings. This could take place in primary and secondary schools, further and higher education, prison education, youth clubs, or residential and care homes, to name a few.

As well as that, you will also have a lot of options available from a wider perspective, thanks to the transferrable skills gained during your studies. Being able to research, develop and present ideas to a professional level is a skillset valued by many employers.

Additionally, you may decide to continue your practice-based and driven research, supported via MPhil/Phd courses, at the University of Salford.

FURTHER STUDY

Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further academic research path through our doctoral (PhD) programmes on a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal.

Career Links

Our MA Art and Design programmes have great working relationships key cultural organisations within the North-west. These include the Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, Hotbed Press, Turnpike Gallery, Islington Mill, Castlefield Gallery, International 3, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Artworks, Mark Devereux Projects, Textbook Studios, Dr Me, Magma Books and HOME. Talks are also in process with community organisations in Salford and the North-west, including Pendleton Together and The Children's Society and The Seashell Trust, which will provide opportunities for students to work with and respond to local communities and initiatives.

The range of opportunities for students spans from residencies and internships, to live projects and design briefs, to external mentoring and professional talks.

Requirements

What you need to know

APLICANT PROFILE

To gain a place on this MA Socially Engaged Arts Practice course, you’ll have to submit a personal statement and meet our entry requirements when you apply.

Within your MA Socially Engaged Arts Practice personal statement (up to 4000 characters), we’ll want to understand:

• what motivates you and what current experiences do you have in terms of art and design and community/socially engaged arts practice?

• how have you been involved and what did you do?

• do you have any knowledge in the arts sector; are there any projects that inspire you?

• What are your future goals; is it to work in the arts sector, for example?

and why the University of Salford and this postgraduate degree is the right choice for your future goals.

For some applicants, you’ll be asked to provide us with a portfolio of work and potentially take part in an informal group seminar discussion or interview– either live or on camera – to demonstrate your skills.

Normally we'd invite you to attend a face-to-face interview. At the moment though, we’re reducing the number of people we have on our campus. Once you’ve made your application to study with us, we’ll contact you and let you know the next steps.

Want to know more about our Socially Engaged Arts programmes? Come along to our Open Day or contact our programme leader, Tim Isherwood.

Our supportive course enquiries team can help you with any general questions you may have. You can also explore all of our Art and Design courses.

Which qualifications do I need?

Applicants are required to present a portfolio (or equivalent) at interview. Applicants are also asked to provide a short statement describing their practice to date and motivations for study.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants must also provide evidence of proficiency in English (some countries are exempt from this- detailed information can be obtained from the International Relations Office). Evidence of proficiency in English takes the form of IELTS 6.5 band score.

 

Standard entry requirements

Standard entry requirements

To join this MA you should have a second class honours degree, 2:2 or above.

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,100per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,350 for home and £2,505 for international per 30 credits
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,280per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15345per year
Part-time 2022/23 £1,380 for home and £2,557.5 for international per 30 credits
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
 
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022