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Inclusive Arts Practice MA (PGCert PGDip)


University of Brighton School of Art

Full time & Part time September PgDip, MA, PgCert Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

About the course

Our Inclusive Arts Practice MA is aimed at artists or individuals from related fields who are working in healthcare, education, the arts or the community sector.

It may be a suitable programme if your employer is looking to support relevant training and development opportunities for their staff.

The course aims to equip students with the necessary skills to initiate and manage truly inclusive arts projects with diverse and marginalised groups, for example those with learning difficulties or experiencing social exclusion due to economic or health reasons.

You can choose to study for either a full MA award or a PGCert. There are opportunities to work in diverse settings from schools, galleries, artist studios and design studios to day centres, photographic studios and FE colleges.

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Entry Requirements

Normally an honours degree in a relevant discipline, or a recognised equivalent professional qualification.

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.

International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through the Extended Masters programme at the university's Language Institute.


Course Content



Where is University of Brighton


Student Profile(s)

Sue Winter

MA Inclusive Arts Practice is a brand new course and it’s trying to make art and art education more accessible to people with learning disabilities and also those people who might not access art or might be, for some reason, excluded from art.

Choosing the course
The course perfectly fitted with what I wanted to be doing with my life next. I’ve always had an interest in art and have been doing it throughout my life. In particular though, it combined with my interest in working with people with learning disabilities and I had never seen a course like this anywhere in the country. Finally, I was living in Brighton already so nothing could be more perfect!

About the course
Course leaders are people practicing in this field as well as academics, so they have real practical knowledge and application about the work and their level of expertise is great. The course also offers a wider political understanding of exclusion.
I’ve really valued the practical opportunities on the course, like working alongside the Rocket Artists. To have the range of visiting speakers here has also been great. For example, the head of occupational therapy, art therapists and community learning disability team workers have all come in and talked to us.

I have benefitted from being able to use studio space – I get to use the carpentry areas for example if needed. There is so much available if you want it. If you are a photographer you can use the dark room, and the library is also a fantastic resource.

3 top tips about the course
1. Have a real interest in social inclusion.

2. Have an understanding of why art is important and can help and support people to be more socially included.

3. Have a passion for art and a wide interest for art application and practice.

Living in Brighton
I have lived here for ages, so it’s my home! I love being by the sea and it’s great that Brighton’s not too big. You can have a great social life without having to travel too far. Being close to London means you have access to exhibitions and other events.


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