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University of Bolton, Full Time Masters Degrees in Creative Arts & Design

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This programme is for artists who want to develop their specialist studio practice to a higher level. The course will give you the opportunity to enhance your practical and creative skills as a practicing artist, underpinned by a contextual research-based programme of critical studies. Read more
This programme is for artists who want to develop their specialist studio practice to a higher level.

The course will give you the opportunity to enhance your practical and creative skills as a practicing artist, underpinned by a contextual research-based programme of critical studies. You will be given a personal supervisor at the start of the programme, and you will also work in the studio alongside your fellow MA Fine Art students.

It builds upon the distinctive approach to arts practice currently offered on the undergraduate fine art programme at the University. The course combines the use of established media and techniques with an ethos of open learning and experimentation using new and alternative media.
You will enhance your practice through a critical and contextual understanding of your creative methods, enabling you to develop and broaden your work in the formulation and articulation of your ideas.

Through contacts with external partners and arts-based agencies you will engage directly with the world of contemporary fine art, extending your knowledge of the commercial side of the art world. This aspect of your practice will also be supported by learning business management skills such as creating a business plan and writing proposal briefs for commission, exhibition and project work.

The course is taught by practitioners with extensive experience of creative media and the broader art world. In addition to studio work, (which will take up the bulk of your time here), you will learn through lectures, master classes, field trips, seminars, presentations, group work, tutorials and independent study.

The fine art department has excellent facilities for a variety of creative practices. These include a fully-equipped wood workshop; a fully-equipped metal workshop with facilities to work with a wide variety of metals, including a small aluminium foundry; a printmaking studio; a ceramics and casting studio with two large kilns; and a digital studio equipped with the latest AppleMac computers, a range of high end software and printing facilities up to A1 size.

Special features

The open nature of the fine art studio means you will have the opportunity to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to your work and make use of the high level facilities available within the studio set-up.

The fine art department has established strong links with a number of arts organisations and groups within the region, including Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, Bolton At Home, Queens Park and Bolton Landscape Department, Bolton Schools Liaison Network, Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Hospital Arts, and a large number of private organisations who regularly commission our students.

Students from the undergraduate programme have successfully set up three large studio groups in the region and studio spaces are available for students to rent in these studios at very reasonable rates. Two new contemporary art galleries have also been set up by our students in the past three years.

The department has also set up an undergraduate programme in fine art in Athens and students from the programme have an opportunity to spend some time at the art school in the centre of this historic city.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

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The MPhil/PhD in Creative Writing is for writers who want to embark on a course of sustained study and research at a high level of academic and creative achievement. Read more
The MPhil/PhD in Creative Writing is for writers who want to embark on a course of sustained study and research at a high level of academic and creative achievement.

Your studies will consist of research into a specific subject area relevant to your chosen field of creative endeavour and a substantial work of creative writing, consisting of a collection of poems, a prose work or a dramatic script for stage, screen or radio.

The subject of your academic study and your creative writing submission will be agreed with your tutor during the process of your application. It is expected that your final creative writing submission, and the process of its development, will be of a professional standard.

Available Projects

Examples of projects include a study of ‘victimhood’ in the novel in parallel with writing a novel involving victims, a study of metaphor in poetry as a means of helping people either as clients or therapists in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), war poetry and the poetry of confession.

Students embarking on creative writing PhDs tend to have developed particular areas of interest as part of an MA in Creative Writing from Bolton or elsewhere. For example, you may have a particular fascination with a creative or formal problem in your art or an interest in how writing can help in the community. There are many possibilities and it is worth discussing your ideas with us.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

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The MA Photography course focuses on the fields of international photojournalism, documentary and travel photography, and is designed in particular for postgraduate students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to pursue a career in these areas. Read more
The MA Photography course focuses on the fields of international photojournalism, documentary and travel photography, and is designed in particular for postgraduate students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to pursue a career in these areas.
You will explore issues of photographic culture, image economies and visual representation, and develop an understanding of how the practice of making photographic images is affected by these issues in terms of both your approach to the subject and the style of your photographs. You will apply your learning through a series of practical assignments.

The course is designed to be accessible to professional photographers and photo educators studying part-time as well as those wishing to study full-time and complete in a single year.

What will you study?

In term one you will consider a range of practical and ethical issues that have an impact on the practice of photography by researching four research questions. You will explore these issues through readings, lectures, discussions and practical assignments.

In the first half of term two, you will plan for two picture stories, one travelogue and one issue based, which you will then go on to shoot in the second half of the term. This work will be based on a further four research questions. At the end of term two, you will edit and discuss your projects with professionals, peers and tutors leading to preparations for continuing one of the two projects into term three.

In your final term you will have 10 weeks to expand your work in progress into a substantial body of work with ‘The Book’ module in which you will have the opportunity to develop a photographic book on a personally researched theme. You will negotiate a learning contract with your tutor from which the final project will be assessed.

The type of issues you will study include image libraries and the commercialisation of the photo market, the changing nature of picture news gathering and photojournalism, issues of ethics and social responsibility in photography and the importance of meaning and context in photo images. The insight you gain from this study will inform your approach to taking photographs.

You will study the work of contemporary practitioners in these areas of photography and the relationship between their work and the markets they supply.

In addition, you will develop an appreciation of the practical requirements of planning, research and preparation for photography assignments.

Entry to the course is based on the assumption that you are a technically proficient photographer. It is important to note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the technical skills to complete the practical work.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

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