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Course content

Study in the studio, classroom and professional environments alongside like-minded students on a dynamic course that explores the theories and new ideas in contemporary art and design. You could choose to specialise in areas such as curating and sound art, and you will be encouraged to debate current practice with your peers during project work, weekly seminars and artist workshops.

You will develop your professional relationships taking part in projects and events in the region and beyond. We have forged close relationships with the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, which will provide opportunities for you to develop your creative skills in professional settings and promote your work to influential organisations.

The majority of your time will be spent in the studio, and you will have the chance to showcase your work at an end-of-course exhibition. Previous students have also taken part in exhibitions and collaborations at Leeds Art Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery in London, the European Exchange Academy and Another Vacant Space in Berlin, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the British Art Show.

INSIDE/OUT

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Course Benefits

The course utilises global networks by entering into relationships with art institutions, magazines, embeds course projects in major exhibitions and collateral art and design projects. Senior Lecturer, Peter Lewis is a professionally acknowledged international curator with world leading research, invited as artist and curator by major international galleries and museums. Through these connections students' practices are introduced directly through the art and design industry.

The course welcomes visiting lecturers and students are encouraged to meet with artists after the lecture to discuss their work. Also the journal /seconds, edited and published by Peter Lewis, with an editorial board of world leading researchers, provides students with access to the debates and theories that will enable their developing practice.

You will have access to the studios and workshops of the award-winning Broadcasting Place building, equipped with everything from the latest Macs and software to letterpress and printmaking workshops, photographic darkrooms, a digital print unit, animation workspaces and 3D construction facilities. You will have access to a range of cameras, lighting, video and sound recording equipment. In addition the course is supported by the virtual spaces of a dedicated e-portfolio web site that students use to upload work, gain feedback from their tutors and to interact with other students.

Job prospects

With your communication and entrepreneurial skills nurtured alongside your creative abilities, you will be well placed to pursue a career in public or commercial galleries, museums or design studios. You could work as an exhibiting artist, publisher, critic, designer, photographer or curator. You could also continue your studies by working towards an MPhil or PhD.

  • Exhibiting artist
  • Designer
  • Publisher
  • Curator

Visit the Art & Design - MA page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

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