Master by Project (Restoration and Conservation)

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  • Objectives
    The focus of an MA by Project is a self-originated substantial body of independent work. The research project may be practice-based, or developed as a thesis. The project may involve the development of design(s), artwork(s), craftwork(s), artifact(s), article(s), musical instrument(s), or research on existing examples of the above, or processes for the production or development of the above, submitted as a body of practical work with accompanying reflective and critical report. Alternately, the research can be written up and submitted as a dissertation. It is undertaken by proposing a project and then carrying it through within a supportive and structured framework. The course welcomes applications concerned with the restoration or conservation of specific items, materials, processes or methods.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants are expected to possess an honours degree in applied art, design, fine art, music technology, or restoration and conservation. However, applications are considered from those who possess degrees in related disciplines, and those with related professional or BTEC qualifications. Consideration will be given to those without standard entry qualifications, who have gained non-certified experience through prior learning, provided evidence is given that this is commensurate with entry qualifications for a postgraduate course.
  • Academic title
    MA by Project (Restoration and Conservation)
  • Course description
    Course structure
    The course is based on a commitment to independent study at postgraduate level.

    The course involves thinking and working through what is entailed in the project, and locating it in appropriate contexts. The research methods module and research seminars are designed to open up a range of approaches to the analysis and discussion of research methods and strategies, in order to foster analytical, reflective, and evaluative skills, and the ability to locate practice within critical, theoretical, and cultural contexts.

    You follow a core programme of research seminars, and an agreed course of independent study monitored by a negotiated learning agreement. During the first semester both full-time and part-time students develop their initial ideas into a fully worked-out project proposal. This is put before the examination board for approval before progress on the course can continue. Completion of the MA requires that your project proposal is developed into a body of practical work of the required standard with a critical report, or developed into a body of research written up as a thesis.

    The course is able to offer access to a wide range of specialist workshop provision including:

    -jewellery, silversmith and metal workshops
    -woodmill with CNC routers
    -ceramics, printmaking, and painting studios
    -CAD, 3D scanner, water-jet cutter, and rapid prototyping machines
    -musical instrument making
    -darkrooms and digital moving image editing.

    The integrated learning resource unit provides facilities for media support, open access computing (Macs and PCs), and specialist library stock including slides and videos.

    Career opportunities
    With the course emphasis on self-management, communication, and analytical skills, entry into a wide range of careers is possible. The course is also designed as preparation for study at MPhil and PhD levels.

    Attendance & duration
    Full-time: one year, day or evening sessions
    Part-time (day or eve): two years, flexible

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