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MA/MFA Collaborative Practice


Course Description

The course explores the potential of collaborative practice. You will experiment with approaches to collaboration, challenging traditional disciplinary boundaries, subjectivities, roles and hierarchies. You will develop a personal line of enquiry that will be negotiated and applied through a collaborative project. Collaborations may involve communities, collectives, pedagogies, interactive arts, networks, environments, health, ethics, participation, public arts, cultural activism, anthropology, sustainability, spatial or sited work, politically or socially engaged practices and more.

Students will come from a range of disciplines and share a commitment to the exchange of ideas in a creative forum, as a powerful way to learn. Collaborative practice students will negotiate marginal positions, gaps, fissures and conflicts within existing structures, enabling them to innovate, propose critical interventions or radical solutions. You will be supported in the articulation of your ideas, development of working methods and the realisation of personal projects through a regular taught seminar series, individual and group tutorials, visits and guest speakers.

Course Content

The MA Collaborative Practice is made up of four units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is practice-driven and focused on the development of your existing practice. It will enable you to identify and explore new concepts and approaches negotiated through an individual Working Synopsis.

You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, archives, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – whatever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Collaborative award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focused on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Special Features

The course is taught by practicing artists and maintains active links with an international network of art professionals and organisations.

You will have your own spaces within communal studios, with full access to the Faculty’s workshops and other resources.

There is also a regular programme of artists talks and studio visits from professionals working in the field.

You will benefit from a regular programme of talks by visiting artists organised in association with The Whitworth Art Gallery.

The University library has outstanding Art and Design holdings, including a special collection of artist’s books and ephemera.

Visit the MA/MFA Collaborative Practice page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

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