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Postgraduate Diploma-MA Art in Public

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Conditions You should normally hold a good honours degree or equivalent qualification in a Visual Arts subject or cognate area. The course is suitable for graduates of BA Fine Art, Contemporary Art, History, Cultural Studies and Visual Cultures and cultural practitioners with an existing artistic, art management or curatorial practice in the field of Art in Public.. Applicants who have substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of work and written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities may be considered as an alternative entrance route.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma/MA Art in Public
  • Course description
    The programme is offered in full- and part-time modes.

    Full-time

    45 weeks (two + one semester) Delivered from September to June then September to January of the following academic year.

    There is the possibility for an exit award after 30 weeks with a Postgraduate Diploma.

    Part-time

    90 weeks ( 3 academic years)

    There is the possibility for an exit award after 60 weeks with a Postgraduate Diploma.

    The Programme

    This programme has been developed within the newly established MRes matrix creating a research environment for all courses delivered at postgraduate level.

    This new Masters programme Art in Public has evolved from current complex concerns for the role of art and artists in a dramatically changing society under the influence of two main interlinked societal trends: globalisation and digitisation.

    It engages in the interrogation of the civil ‘territories’ of art and the modes of practice to inhabit and develop them. The programme seeks to develop testing modes of working that are dialogic, participatory, interventionist and collaborative in intention and structure. These practices are embedded in a larger context, often cross-connected with social movements of globalised, networked societies. In developing these practices, this course aims to re-imagine the relationship between the contexts of the local and the global.

    Students are expected to be highly self-motivated and able to undertake individual research from the start. The programme has been designed for creative professionals who seek to acquire knowledge and skills in practice and intervention in the complex public territory of art and civil society.

    Based in Belfast, where experimental modes of interventionist and engaged art practices have been developed in contested spaces for many years, the MA Art in Public aims to draw on and build from this context. Public is seen as neither a pre-existent substance nor an immutable terrain. Rather, public practices are themselves involved in permanently constituting plural public spheres in a constant state of negotiation.

    Throughout the programme students will work with external partners and be expected to develop innovative art practices.

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