The MA Professional Practice in Arts is a highly flexible postgraduate qualification designed for established professionals working in the cultural and creative industries. It has been developed especially to allow you to continue working and integrate your professional expertise with academic learning. In addition, you can make a claim for academic credits for your previous professional achievements through a formal Review of Learning, the first part of the course. This can then form the basis of your major project within your professional field.
Students on the course are actively encouraged to engage in networking within their field, as well as in complementary professions; using social media tools, face to face events and conferences.
The course's long-term value derives from its unique, award-winning structure. By recognising your professional experiences, you are invited to reflect on past achievement, current work and future direction. The course enables you to make full use of your skills, and find ways to align current work with future aspirations.
The MA Professional Practice in Arts is a highly flexible postgraduate qualification designed for established professionals working in the cultural and creative industries. It has been developed especially to allow you to continue working and integrate your professional expertise with academic learning. In addition, you can make a claim for academic credits for your previous professional achievements through a formal Review of Learning module in the first part of the course. This and other modules can then form the basis of your major project within your professional field. Students on the course are actively encouraged to engage in networking within their field, as well as in complementary professions; using social media tools, face to face events and conferences.
Phase one assessment consists of a Review of Learning portfolio and reflective essay (80 credits). In phase two there is a Continuing Professional Development Module (10 credits) and an Advanced Practitioner Inquiry Module (30 credit points). To complete the course there is major inquiry project worth 60 credit points.
Term 1 Review of Learning – 10 credits plus maximum claim for 70 credits based on existing knowledge – Module Code: WBS 4510
Term 2 Continuing Professional Development - 10 Credits – Module Code: WBS 4810 Work Based Research Methods (30 Credits) - Module Code: WBS 4630
Term 3 Negotiated Work Based Learning Project – 60 credits - Module Code: WBS 4760
What are the entry requirements for MA Professional Practice (Arts)?
You will have at least five years full-time professional experience
Your application will be considered on receipt of a completed application form accompanied by a full CV.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi
Visual Arts Practitioner / Consultant, Uganda
Award: MA Design (Professional Practice)
“I entered the MA Design (Professional Practice) after twenty four years as an informally trained Visual Arts Practitioner. I had worked for many years and was pleased that the course gave me access to post-graduate level study based on my prior experience. I chose a work-based study course because its design allowed me to continue with my work while gaining more skills through studying. The programme enhanced my ability to articulate the relationship between practice and theory. I also had an opportunity to develop my research skills and I now understand how to investigate the context within which I work. Since completing the programme, I have created a course for design students entitled: “Batik as a resource for design solutions” and my art-work now graces the covers of two internationally distributed books.”
“As a Senior Graphic Designer with local government, I became involved with the production of information material for minority groups. I knew this was an area that needed further exploration – legally, ethically and morally. The work-based study course allowed me to complete a huge amount of research that could also directly benefit my employer and their clients. Their contacts and support network were central to my success.
It seemed rather overwhelming to start, but the tutor support was great and after a while I realised that with a logical approach and a few deep breaths I could deal with anything. Prioritisation and determination are required in spades! The skills that I developed throughout the course proved invaluable in both my professional and personal life and I am so much more confident as a result.”
Lecturer of Graphic Design & Freelance Graphic Designer, UK
MA Professional Practice (Instructional Design)
“On entering the MA Professional Practice programme I was delivering FE design courses and working as a freelance graphic designer. My primary reason for choosing the programme was to further my professional development as both a design practitioner and educator. The programme enabled me to develop my understanding of research methodologies, a skill that I am now able to utilise in facilitating the learning and research of my own students. Also, I now have a far deeper understanding and practical application of instructional theory and its relevant technologies. My study helped me to initiate positive change to my team’s working practice, which, in turn, benefits my students. I have now progressed to teaching within higher education and I am currently writing our faculty’s new graphic design degree course.”
Professor, Graphic Design, Morocco
Award: MA Design (Professional Practice)
"When I started the MA Design (Professional Practice), I was a Graphic Design teacher in Singapore. I chose the course because it was accessible and suited my needs. It allowed me to study from a distance and continue to work. The course provided an opportunity for me to take significant steps in developing my career as my qualification opened many more options for academic teaching jobs. Since completing the course I have become a University professor."
Alison Pui-Yan LEE
Senior Fashion Designer, Hong Kong
Award: MA Professional Practice (Fashion Design Management)
“I am a fashion designer in Hong Kong and have been working in the mass market for nine years. When I first started the programme, Work-based learning (WBL) was a new approach to studying for me. However I really benefited from the features of the course. It is a flexible, distance learning programme, with the option of campus-based tutorials. I was free to study at my own pace, anywhere in the world. WBL is a well structured and useful model. In the context of the workplace, I have learnt how to effectively turn my experience into learning and knowledge, which helps me to work through problems encountered at work. These two things have enabled me to learn continuously even after the programme has ended.”