The Liverpool School of Art and Design offers a rewarding research opportunity for you to develop your art and design research ideas, methods and skills under the tutelage of expert practitioners in one of the oldest schools of its kind outside of London.
-Course offered full time (1 year)
-Develop your research and creative output in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within the modern, purpose-built and RIBA award-winning John Lennon Art and Design Building, in the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter on Mount Pleasant
-Direct links with Liverpool’s most significant arts organisations, such as TATE Liverpool, Biennial, FACT and design agencies Uniform, -Smiling Wolf and Non-Conform
-A valuable foundation for progression to PhD study
-Enhanced career opportunities through working with arts organisations, networking and collaboration
Postgraduate study at the Liverpool School of Art and Design is committed to giving a voice to those with a passion for uncovering new and established configurations of form. Our Art and Design graduates are people who confidently make their own creative decisions in both research and practice.
This programme allows the exploration and critical appraisal of individually negotiated Art and Design research projects. You will explore subject-specific research practices, with an ultimate view to interpreting these concepts, methodologies and debates in your own final art and design project.
Applying a range of historical, contemporary and critical processes, you will produce a rich and original piece of work using a specialist, descriptive and interpretative vocabulary.
You will also acquire skills in scholarly presentation, organisation communication, documentation and evaluation.
Under the guidance of specialist supervision, and amongst a diverse community of fellow researchers, your work will include the opportunity to present a Symposium at Tate Liverpool and will culminate in the MRes thesis. This final assessment and celebration, will provide you with experience of real-world research processes. This will include an academic Q&A and new opportunities to connect with professionals in this heavily networked arts sector.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Research methods for arts, professional and social studies
Introduces you to library, bibliographic, online and other facilities necessary for postgraduate research; assisting you in recognising and applying appropriate strategies for developing a research project
Professional development for researchers in arts, professional and social studies
Provides you with professional guidance geared to the conduct and dissemination of research
Research proposition and development
Offers the support of a practical and critical environment within which students can develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate their research.
Assesses the feasibility of a proposed research project via a literature review including an investigation of primary and secondary source material
A school-wide module which promotes in depth investigation into contemporary creative practices and provides, through collaboration with established key partners, an understanding of the social, cultural and economic environment of the city
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
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Art & Design MRes offers people from a range of backgrounds an avenue into research that includes: students with a first degree but with no training in research methods, employees in the cultural industries who seek a formal training in relevant research techniques, and international students. The Masters programme is open to both full-time and part-time, home and overseas students. You will normally be expected to have a good first degree in a visual arts related subject, although applications from students with other degrees will be considered.