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Course content

Course Overview

Create art that engages audiences directly. Gain work and contacts in the creative industries. Enhance your ability to gain funding for participatory projects. Develop both advanced theoretical knowledge and practices of working in participatory settings. Earn a highly relevant Masters qualification.

This course is led by staff who are experienced in working within innovative and prestigious projects in participatory settings themselves, such as The Arts Council funded - The Cultural Spring. Academics also have links to a range of organisations who manage and organise such events.

You’ll engage with practical projects through large and small arts organisations and directly with communities, schools and other groups. The programme also aims to encourage an holistic approach to arts practice and provide a learning structure which will facilitate dialogue, collaborative working and peer support.

Course Content

Modules on this course include:

Certificate stage
Introduction to Working in Participatory Settings (30 credits)
Participatory Arts in Practice (30 credits)

Diploma stage
At Diploma stage, you will explore research methods that are specifically relevant to participatory practice an will also undertake and evaluate a live project reflecting you area(s) of interest.
Research and Praxis (30 credits)
Participatory Arts Live Project (30 credits)

Masters stage
At Masters stage, you can choose a practical dissertation/live project or a written dissertation (60 credits)

Teaching and assessment

You’ll experience a range of teaching methods including online learning, peer learning, student-led seminars, workshops, small group work, individual and collaborative project work, supervised independent learning and tutorials.

You’ll also be encouraged to develop your own theoretical and methodological perspectives to inform your future educational, professional and personal practices. The programme provides a learning and teaching framework within which the growth of subject-specific knowledge, analytic abilities, teamwork, time and organisational management, production, presentation and practice-oriented competencies can be developed and assessed.

Facilities & location

Teaching for this course is based at our state-of-the-art David Puttnam Media Centre. The award-winning facilities available include a 200 seater cinema, radio and TV studios, which also hosts the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies. You will have access to the array of arts and media facilities across the institution.

We subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date articles.

Students are helped to develop their research skills working with lecturers and library staff to develop their awareness of art history as well as contemporary art and design and the wider contexts of the subjects.

Some of the most important sources for your course include:

- Art Full Text + Art Abstracts: A major resource for media and arts information
- Design and Applied Arts Index: Covers journals featuring both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century
- British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC): Provides resources for the production, study and use of film and related media
- JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’): Provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles
- Screen Online (BFI), which is an online encyclopaedia of British film and television, featuring clips from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive

Visit the Participatory Arts and Media - MA page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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