Full time & Part time September, January PGCert, MA, PGDip 1 year full time, 2-7 years part time
Creative Arts & Design (9) Social Work (32)

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Are you passionate about using your artistic skills to make a positive impact in society? Then the MA Applied Arts and Social Practice at QMU is the perfect programme for you. This unique course will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to apply your artistic talents in social contexts such as health, education, and social welfare. With small class sizes, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate and share experiences with fellow learners. The teaching team, with their expertise in community art and applied theatre, will guide you towards a sustainable career in your chosen field. So, join us in Edinburgh, a vibrant hub for arts and culture, and become a part of the growing creative health and wellbeing movement.

About the course

How can artists and other creative practitioners work successfully with communities, outside of the traditional cultural spaces such as galleries, theatres, or museums?

There is a growing interest the role of artists working within health, education, social welfare or other sectors, and this MA Applied Arts and Social Practice will allow students to graduate with a better understanding of how artists apply their skills in social contexts. At the same time, it will explore the practical and enterprise skills to develop a sustainable career in their chosen field. 

You may find the course particularly suitable if you have already – or want - to work within socially engaged art and want to broaden your understanding of your professional practice. It is a useful degree for those with significant workplace experience who want to gain a formal qualification in a flexible manner. It is also suitable for recent graduates of fine, contemporary or performing arts courses, especially those who have developed a set of artistic skills and want to learn how to apply them to community projects.

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Entry Requirements

A UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a creative subject area OR significant work experience in arts-led community projects.

You will be required to outline your creative practice as part of the application so that we can ensure we have suitable expertise and facilities to support the type of work you wish to undertake. You will need to provide this in the form of a portfolio.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

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Where will I study?

Where is Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh


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Student Profile

Becky Hope-Palmer

Becky is a freelance theatre director, with a strong career working with different production companies across the UK. She currently works full time, predominantly at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a visiting director, as well as on "A Play, A Pie and a Pint" in Glasgow and at Dundee Rep.

"I chose to study at QMU during the pandemic as the course was in my hometown and meant I could access the course easily whilst the theatre industry was dormant."

"I was attracted to the course as I had worked with community groups a little in my work as a theatre director and was interested in refining my skillset in facilitating groups such as this whilst I had the time. The course looked like it covered a variety of topics and would link us up with practitioners specialising in applied theatre in Scotland.

"On the course, I really enjoyed connecting with my fellow classmates. It was coincidentally an all-female group and everyone had different creative practices, which was really lovely. We also got to spend some time working at North Edinburgh Arts Centre which I found beneficial for practical work.

On graduation, I’m now back working full time as a freelance theatre director in Scotland and the UK. I work predominantly at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a visiting director, A Play, A Pie and A Pint in Glasgow and am currently working at Dundee Rep.

I have been able to feed in some of the practices I learnt whilst on the course to my work and am keen to do more.

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