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The Contemporary MA (Canterbury & Paris)


Course Description

This is an interdisciplinary programme in the field of contemporary culture. It is a unique collaboration between the University of Kent and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London.

The MA allows you to choose from a range of modules, each focusing on different aspects of contemporary culture. You will be taught jointly by academics and practitioners in the School of English, the School of Arts, The School of Music and Fine Art, and curators at the ICA. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enrich your academic knowledge and professional development with research trips, and a public presentation opportunity at the ICA.

The programme provides you with a deep understanding of the relationship between disciplines in the arts and an appreciation of the way in which interdisciplinary thinking makes it possible to grasp and respond to key issues in contemporary culture. The MA equips you with the skills, knowledge and professional experience to progress into areas such as artistic practice, related higher postgraduate research, arts management and policy, and a variety of other careers within the arts.

This programme allows you to spend your first term at our Canterbury campus, while participating in the collaborative module taught partly at the ICA in London, before relocating to our Paris Centre in the historic corner of Montparnasse for the spring term. Students will be able to choose from a wide variety of modules in the areas of Contemporary Literature, Creative Writing, Film, Drama and History and Philosophy of Art. At the Paris Centre students are offered a range of modules inspired by Paris and its unique cultural history. The ICA will coordinate a study visit to Paris which, in partnership with key galleries and artists, will seek to contextualise contemporary culture in an international setting.

The MA in the Contemporary provides students with a deep understanding of the relationship between disciplines in the arts and an appreciation of the way in which interdisciplinary thinking makes it possible to grasp and respond to key issues in contemporary culture. This pioneering educational opportunity will equip students with the skills, knowledge and professional experience to progress into areas such as artistic practice, related higher postgraduate research, arts management and policy and a variety of other careers within the arts.

Course structure

In addition to the core module (Reading the Contemporary, taught jointly by academics and practitioners in the School of English, the School of Arts, The School of Music and Fine Art, and curators at the ICA), you will be able to choose from a wide variety of modules in the areas of contemporary literature, creative writing, film, drama, and history and philosophy of art. You are invited to attend an induction at the ICA at the start of your studies to introduce you to the facilities and are encouraged to make use of the ICA’s programme of seminars and events. In addition, the MA will also involve research trips and a public presentation opportunity at the ICA.

- Professional Development

Besides engaging with ICA curators through the core module in Reading the Contemporary, students will also participate in three research trips in the Autumn, Spring and Summer semesters, led by ICA curators and responding to contemporary artistic developments, media and platforms. Students will be encouraged to apply to vocational placements within the ICA's Creative Team for two days a week over 3 months, working directly with the curators of Talks, Exhibitions, Artists' Film Club, Cinema or Learning and Touring programmes. Students will enjoy unique access to the knowledge of the ICA's Creative Team while working on they final project, and will have the opportunity to present their projects publicly at the ICA at the end of the year.

Modules

You take one compulsory module (EN842 - Reading the Contemporary) plus one additional module offered by the School of English, the School of Arts or the School of Music and Fine Arts in the autumn term and then two from the broad range of Paris modules in the spring term. You are also expected to attend the Faculty and School Research Methods Programmes. You then write the dissertation between the start of the summer term and the end of August.

Modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. They are based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Assessment

Assessment is by a 5-6,000-word essay for each module and a 12,000 word dissertation.

This programme is also available at Canterbury only or full-time at Paris.
https://www.kent.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/index.html?tab=taught-masters

Visit the The Contemporary MA (Canterbury & Paris) page on the University of Kent, Paris website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

The University of Kent, Paris Taught MA Scholarship Fund - No. of awards TBC

The University of Kent, Paris is pleased to announce a scholarship fund worth £25,000 for taught Master’s students studying during the academic year 2016/17.Please find below the conditions and criteria of the scholarship fund and how to apply

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £5,000

Eligibility

- The scholarship fund is open to applicants who have been offered a place on any of the Kent, Paris MA programmes for the academic year starting in September 2016, whether split-site (Canterbury and Paris) or Paris only.- It is open only to applicants intending to study full-time.- UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are all eligible.- Candidates will be assessed on academic excellence, and will usually hold by July 2016 a first-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, or hold by July 2016 an equivalent non-UK qualification or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information

https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/search/FNADUKPARI02



Entry Requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent). For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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