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MA Contemporary Arts China

Course Description

The course aims to foster innovative perspectives and new understandings of Chinese contemporary art, design, visual culture and contemporary China, through transdisciplinary practice, research training and professional development.

It caters for recent graduates, curators, artists, designers, art historians, writers and more, who have the ambition to become active, globally-minded, research-led creative practitioners, researchers and professionals in the field of contemporary arts.

Affiliated with the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University, the course offers students an opportunity to gain professional experience by working with internationally renown partners, leading arts organisations, curators and practitioners, participating in seminars, residencies and live research projects in UK, China and internationally.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.


Modules include: Contemporary Arts in China; Global China, Art and Transcultural Communication; Professional Development; Professional Practice, Research in Practice and Self directed final dissertation or Practice-led Project.


The course uses a variety of assessment methods to enable you to fulfil the learning objective whilst developing your individual specialism. Most modules offer the option to submit practical work in addition to a written assignment and/or verbal presentations. The exact nature of these outcomes will be negotiated with and determined by with the module assessor/responsible examiner.

Visit the MA Contemporary Arts China page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have an upper second-class degree (or higher) in a relevant subject. International applicants should note that this is a demanding course that requires a high standard of reading, writing and listening skills, full-time students are expected to have a minimum English standard of IELTS 6.0.

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