Over the last 15 years, art practice across the globe has experienced a significant shift as artists have sought to work in the wider public sphere in support of social and environmental change. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and participatory engagement, this course will support you in forging your own artistic route built around your interests, networks and communities. New creative and social skills together with enhanced critical understanding will help you develop a practice that is effective, meaningful and relevant for your society.
The School of Art and Design at Middlesex University hosts some of the UK's most experienced and renowned practitioners with cross-disciplinary experience in the fields of community-based and socially engaged art practice.
The MA Art and Social Practice builds on the School's historical roots in the progressive Hornsey College of Art, at the forefront of encouraging artists to engage and participate with communities and institutions to positively impact the world around them. Its Socially Engaged Practices research cluster will provide you with a productive environment for debate and critical enquiry across creative disciplines where ideas can be shared and collaborations fostered. At the same time, an annual virtual symposium will connect you with others immersed in parallel fields of study nationally and internationally to extend your horizons, widen your knowledge and forge connections for the future.
This practice-based course is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the UK specifically designed for cultural practitioners, or those with experience of working creatively in the fields of community development, urban studies or cultural management, who wish to develop their work in an outward-facing way. You will leave the course well-equipped to pursue self-initiated projects and commissions or develop your work through the cultural and community sectors.
Taught by some of the UK's leading artists and practitioners, this course is divided into five modules taken over three semesters (if studied full time).
Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to bring your own interests to the assignments while extending the boundaries of your current artistic practice through experimentation, research, analysis and creative exploration.
This module is an introductory postgraduate module that will challenge you to define your aspirations and set personal and professional goals. The module aims to:
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The academics involved are all members of the Socially Engaged Practices research cluster
Dr Loraine Leeson | Programme Leader
Alberto Duman | Lecturer in Art Practice and the Community
Simon Read | Associate Professor, Fine Art
Professor Paul Haywood | Deputy Dean
Professor Graeme Evans | Professor of Urban Cultures & Design
Dr Neelam Raina | Senior Lecturer, Fashion & Interiors
Professor Sonia Boyce | Professor in Fine Arts
This course is taught through tutorials, lectures, seminars and workshops delivered by academic and professional practitioners with a diverse range of skills and expertise. The focus is on engagement with outside agencies, however students are supported through all processes of development, negotiation and delivery of this work.
Seminars, discussions, visits to outreach projects and input by experienced project partners active in the cultural and community field help stimulate ideas, providing a wider context against which individual projects are developed. One-to-one tutorials help students to develop an individual programme of work built around their own interests, networks and communities, while extending existing artistic skills and competencies.
The MA Art and Social Practice does not have formal placements; rather, students negotiate with or build groups with whom they wish to work. As well as cultural institutions and SMEs it is also possible to work within a more formal organisation, such as a school or hospital.
To be accepted to study on the MA Art and Social Practice, we normally require a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. Applicants from across Art, Design and Media are all welcome, including those who have specialised in arts administration or management. Applicants without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant practical and professional experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas university, to find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email email@example.com.
For details of other equivalent English language requirements that Middlesex accepts see international entry requirements.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. The quickest way to apply is by making an online application; once you have created your account and completed your application, you will be able to track the progress of your application online. Alternatively, you can fill in an application form and return it to the appropriate admissions office. UK and EU students should apply directly to the London office. Non-EU international students can apply to our international admissions office in London, or use our network of regional offices across the world to assist you with your application.
The application is just the first step in our selection process; we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work. We've put together some simple notes to help you prepare:
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us; there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
You will be well prepared for a career in cultural production through independent fundraising, commissioning and the instigation of new SMEs and/or charities.
The MA Art and Social Practice will also prepare you for employed work in the outreach departments of cultural institutions, or for taking a creative role within community or development organisations.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Full-time students: £7,500
Part-time per taught credit: £50
Part-time per dissertation credit: £25
You would not usually pay more to study part-time than the full-time fee rate. Find out more about how to calculate your part-time course fee.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Part-time per dissertation credit: £42
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) offers funding for some subjects. Find out more.