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MA Contemporary Arts Practice

Course Description


The Contemporary Arts Practice MA course will simultaneously support and encourage you to develop your own practice in relation to your respective discipline and also in relation to a broader contemporary discourse.

Once you have progressed from certificate level to diploma level, you will be encouraged to align yourself with one of the pathways depending on your own particular interests. Pathways you can follow include Fine Art, Media Arts and Digital Arts.


The very nature of the discourse surrounding Contemporary Arts Practice means that an approach will not generally be described in terms of discipline specific traits and it is more likely that contextual underpinning and technical resourcing will probably inform choice in this area.

The course will comprise of route specific modules and modules which are shared with the other courses from the ‘linked array’. The course will culminate in a module entitled MA Major Project, and this will include the production of a body of work for public display and a supporting text based component.

Throughout the course, you will engage in dialogue with your peers irrespective of your own preferred discipline. You may collaborate where appropriate through live art, phonic art and new media or may choose to engage with painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, moving image, lens-based art, photography, digital video or expanded cinema.

You will be supported by academic staff whose research profile directly influences their teaching.

Visit the MA Contemporary Arts Practice page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an honours degree in an art or design discipline, but if you are accomplished in an aspect of art and design practice, you will be considered on your merits. Applicants must submit a portfolio presentation of their work in any media and should also demonstrate some experience or knowledge of hybrid media in convergent arts-related activities. Applicants must also have a capacity for critical thinking and reflection and be able to demonstrate this in written form. Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

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