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MA/MFA Contempory Visual Culture

Course Description

This interdisciplinary subject explores the meanings and effects of visual images and ways of looking. Through its core elements, options and route specific seminars, the programme examines the status of the visual in a society that is becoming increasingly saturated with visual technologies and interrogates the ways that images contribute to the formation of identities and social environments.

You will be encouraged to engage in a critical and creative approach to the subject. The MA provides opportunities for the production of a wide variety of academic writing as well as possibilities to develop critical thinking through visual practice. The programme encourages a high degree of independent research that will culminate in either a dissertation or a project combining written and visual material.

The MA Contemporary Visual Culture is made up of five units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is practice driven and focussed 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 establish key theories and issues relating to Contemporary Curating, Design Cultures and Contemporary Visual Culture and then develop these into more complex approaches.

You will also have the opportunity 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, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – what ever 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 Contemporary Visual Culture award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focussed 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.

You will study units in; Art- Contemporary Curating, Contemporary Visual Culture, Design Cultures. An option of one of the following: Digital Futures, Contested Territories, Health and Wellbeing, The Museum and the City - The City as Museum, Negotiated Study, Object, Women Artists and Surrealism

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.

The space allows opportunities to become involved in a wide range of live projects, publishing ventures and the chance to collaborate with other students, members of staff and outside institutions.

Visit the MA/MFA Contempory Visual Culture 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.

Course Fees

UK/EU FT students: £6,480 (per year) /£1,080 per 30 credit unit. Non-EU FT international students: £12,500 (per year)/ £2,085 per 30 credit unit.

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