Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: MA/PgCert in Applied Art and Social Practice

Closing date: Wed 31 Jul 2024: 8am

A one year programme (or two years part time) for creative practitioners/recent graduates wanting enhance their theoretical and practical skills when working with communities.


With growing interest in social practice and the role of arts within the public domain, this MA will allow students to graduate with a better understanding of how artists, theatre practitioners and other creatives apply their skills in social contexts, third sector organisations, public health, social welfare, education and criminal justice, while giving them the practical and enterprise skills to develop a sustainable career in their chosen field.

The combination of modules on this MA makes it unique in Scotland. The flexible study options and diverse curriculum make it particularly suitable if you are already working in the sector or wish to do so while studying. The PgCert consists of nine months of study, and the full MA programme may be studied in one year full-time or up to seven years on a part-time basis

The unique focus of this course is on the *practice* of working with communities in social contexts, and thus aims to ensure students gain knowledge in real time contexts alongside communities and organisations alongside theoretical considerations. Industry-based learning opportunities (ie ‘placements’) are available and the final dissertation of the MA would be a community-based project either in partnership with local or national partners, or with a community of your choosing.

Taught (face-to-face) classes will take place on Thu and Fri during term time. When you are not in class, you are expected to spend time on independent learning/course work, including – where applicable – placement activity. The part-time route is more flexible, requiring approx one day per week per semester of taught activity, and this pathway is stretched over two years.

Modules include: Fundraising, Development and Finance / Applied Arts: Theories and Histories / Social Practice: Working with People / Ethics and Engagement (“The Only Way is Ethics”) / Planning and Marketing Cultural Projects / Practice as Research / Dissertation. Individual modules can be study stand alone as part of a CPD programme

Some funding may be available for the course from SAAS: please contact them directly: https://www.saas.gov.uk/index.htm

For further information, please contact Aschrag@qmu.ac.uk (Anthony Schrag) or visit https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate-study/2024/ma-pgdip-applied-arts-and-social-practice/

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Closing date: Wed 31 Jul 2024: 8am