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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK/EU students*

    Full-time students: £7,000
    Part-time per taught credit: £53
    Part-time per dissertation credit: £27

    *Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part-time study are shown here as a guide

  • Last Updated

    24 June 2019


This unique course, the first of its kind in the UK, builds on this country’s significant history of community-based and socially engaged art initiatives addressing social and environmental issues. You will be encouraged to take creative practice beyond the institution to build on your own interests, networks and communities. Creative skills are developed in an effective and targeted way, and grounded in critical understanding and theory.

Why study MA Art and Social Practice at Middlesex University?

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 Middlesex University'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. It will provide you with a productive environment for debate and critical enquiry across creative disciplines where ideas can be shared and collaborations fostered. Visits to external projects, organisations and events together with virtual interactions with peers from other universities will connect you with others immersed in parallel fields of study 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 who wish to make a difference by developing 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.

Course highlights

  • Experienced practitioner-led teaching.
  • Off-site project work based on your own interests, contacts and communities.
  • A programme of lectures, seminars and external visits to inform and enhance your practice.
  • Studio space for both full and part-time students.
  • State of the art facilities and workshops with contemporary and traditional equipment, archives and a full range of digital tools including software labs, 3D printing and media studios.
  • An active research context with staff specialism in social practice.
  • An university context that supports interdisciplinary working.
  • Access to London's thriving scene of social engagement, cultural activism and urban renewal.
  • International university partnerships offering opportunity for exchange and placements.
  • Collaborative events such as the Art and Social Practice virtual symposia and seminars with University of Highlands and Islands to share work in progress and ideas with peers across institutions.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Visit the Art and Social Practice MA page on the Middlesex University website for more details!




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