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Ethics of Art and Design MA

Course Description

Our Art and Design Ethics MA degree offers you an opportunity to develop your critical and analytical understanding of ethical issues, alongside subject-specific modules focusing on your particular area of expertise and interest. It is designed for professionals and students wishing to gain a qualification in ethical aspects of their field.

Course structure
Run through the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) at the University of Brighton, the Art and Design Ethics degree is one of seven distinct degrees that explore applied ethics or ethics in relation to art and design, education, healthcare, media, medicine or politics. One year full-time and two year part-time options are available. No previous familiarity with philosophy is assumed. Individuals will benefit from being members of an interdisciplinary cohort with differing professional and occupational experiences, and mixing with students from other MA courses.

Areas of study
Four core modules introduce the activity of philosophical thinking and prepare you for the research project. Then subject-specific modules are taught by staff in the relevant area of the university, identifying and addressing the ethical concerns particular to each degree. For instance, the art and design ethics modules, ‘ethics of practice’ and ‘the ethics of representation’, are taught by staff from the Faculty of Arts and Architecture. These modules provide a fascinating exploration of issues relevant to individuals working in the arts. For example, ‘ethics of practice’ examines sustainability and social responsibility in design, issues of ownership and appropriation when curating, and questions of new media copyright.
The research project, the culmination of the MA, consolidates the experiences, practices, and research skills developed on the course into an extended argument in the chosen specialist area.

Core modules:
Introduction to philosophical thinking
Moral thought and practice
Research methods
Research ethics

Art and design ethics modules:
The ethics of practice
The ethics of representation

Research project

Career and progression opportunities
Ethical standards and practices are often part of the regulatory framework in ‘traditional’ professions such as law and medicine. More recently questions of ethics have come to the fore in a broad range of professions, and the academic fields of philosophy and ethics are increasingly concerned with application and practice. Professional artists are thus becoming increasingly aware of the interplay between their creative practice and its impact on the public, in terms both of the production of works and of their exhibition, curation and circulation. This degree offers an unusual opportunity to explore the issues this raises.

Visit the Ethics of Art and Design MA page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent. Appropriate prior learning is accredited.

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