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Art and Design (MA)

The programme offers Art and Design professionals who are employed in the sector an opportunity to upskill through a combination of taught modules and independent research work related to their area of work.

It also provides training to graduates of related disciplines who wish to prepare for employment in Art and Design education.


You can apply directly to the University using the Apply Now button at the top of the page. 

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Contact Email: timi.oneill@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Timi O’Neill

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

  1. This programme aims to address the demand for qualified Art and Design professionals in countries or regions with emerging economies such as China, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Morocco or the Middle East.

  2. Our focus on training self-reflective Art and Design teaching practitioners has prompted the inclusion of content relating to policies, quality frameworks and professional values across all modules.

  3. This concern with key aspects of professional practice reinforces the fact that the aim of the programme is to develop highly skilled educational practitioners who also have the knowledge, analytical and research skills of successful Doctorate graduates. 

What you will learn

Course Overview

In line with the demands of the target markets for well-rounded, self-reflective and globally aware educational practitioners, the taught part of the programme (Part 1) places equal weight on the main areas of Art and Design education.

The overall aim of the taught part is to bring students up to speed with current discussions in the relevant academic sub-fields, preparing them for their independent research work in Part 2.

The research portfolio affords students an opportunity to specialise in one area and to explore a research topic linked to their employment or thought to have a practical impact in a particular area.

The programme will help students develop skills which are valuable to a wide range of employers, such as the ability to analyse complex information critically; the ability to present clear and coherent arguments and the ability to present complex information in a clear manner.

Module Topics

Level 7 (MA):

  • Approaches to Art and Design Research and Academic Communication (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Art and Design Practitioner Research Proposal (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Art and Design Work-based Learning Project (30 credits; optional)
  • Confirmative Praxis (60 credits; compulsory)
  • Professional Discourses (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Qualitative Research Methods Within the Creative Industries (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Review of Professional Learning within Art and Design (30 credits; optional)

The programmes assessment strategy consists of formative and summative assessments. Likewise, self-reflexivity as a professional attitude is expected of each graduate of this programme and will be embedded and practiced though specific assignments in all modules.

Module assessment is designed to prepare students for the task of submitting a substantial research thesis as part of their Part 2 research portfolio. Some modules therefore use a standard assessment pattern consisting of one or two longer essays and a presentation.

In some modules, however, student progress is assessed by using the portfolio format. The portfolio offers greater flexibility in the assessment of professionally focused skills, both collaborative and personalised, than the standard essay/presentation format.

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Entry Criteria

We require an undergraduate degree of no lower than 2.2. The subject areas are broad and not restricted to only art and design students. So, if you are from a humanities or social science background, please email us to discuss. As such, we focus on the candidate's professional and academic aims and goals. All students are invited to discuss their individual experiences with us.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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Further Information

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