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Contemporary Arts Practice MA 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ADT050

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018

 

Fees:
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Overview

If you have artistic skills you want to improve, a postgraduate contemporary arts degree can teach you even more than you thought possible!

This Master’s in Contemporary Arts continues a long tradition of innovation and creativity at Coventry University since 1843. In 2016, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the launch of what was then Europe’s first postgraduate electronic arts/graphics course. Today, a thriving PhD and applied research culture builds is aided by creative partnerships with Turner Prize-winning projects, external arts organisations, funders and industrial links.

The harnessing of new technologies, hybrid approaches and social media means this is an exciting time to be engaged in the world of contemporary art. If you have a passion for contemporary art, this course provides an opportunity to discover the value of art and culture, with an emphasis on the fostering of individual creativity through innovative practice within the broader context of the creative industries and related professional arenas.  

We will encourage you to explore conceptually and creatively contemporary artistic practice and the developments in visual art in the late 20th/early 21st centuries. Once you have progressed from certificate level to diploma level, you will be encouraged to align yourself with an area of professional practice which suits your own interests and passion, such as fine art, media arts and digital arts.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our students say...

The MA provides an ideal platform from which to explore my field and the cross-pollination of ideas and inspiration through contact and collaboration with other artists.

It allows me to broaden my perspective of art as a viable resource for creative practice, both inside and outside of my chosen field. I hope to explore my own identity as both a business woman and independent artist.

Jaqueline Richards, MA Contemporary Arts Practice student, current student in 2016

Course information

Drawing upon historical, cultural and professional contexts at a local, national and international level, this course aims to consider the role and value of creative practice in all its manifestations. Investigating attitudes to contemporary art, we will consider arts practice in the public domain, exploring how art works relate to the audience and place, how they can address social agendas and personal approaches.

Throughout the course, you will be expected to 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 engage with projects that will explore entrepreneurship and business development, as well as understanding the importance of social media platforms and promotion.

We aim to help you develop and demonstrate an understanding of contemporary production and practice. We will cover practical, creative, intellectual, interpersonal and professional skills in both independent and collaborative creative practice.  

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Introduction to Contemporary Arts Practice
    • Contemporary Issues
  • Semester 2

    • International Contexts
    • Contemporary Practice Consolidation
  • Semester 3

    • MA Major Independent Project

In more detail...

  • High levels of student satisfaction, 80% compared with the sector average of 76% (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016).
  • Coventry has a number successful of MA graduate that have subsequently progressed onto funded PhD awards. It is also is participating in the AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) project, a national initiative providing residencies to visual artists and designers, which enables students to work alongside and interact with them. We currently have four artists with us, who will be giving talks and showing work throughout the year. We have previously hosted ACE funded media arts fellowships and facilitated a series of innovative collaborations with the BBC, National Film Theatre (now BFI Southbank). Staff have previously worked with leading and award winning design and brand organisation’s such as Tomato and Less Rain.
  • Experienced faculty continue their creative practice – as artists in residence, for example, at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, and as an independent producer for BAFTA UK/BAFTA Los Angeles. Their work is displayed in leading public art collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art in Athens and New York.

Study in a studio-based environment with your own personal space to work in.

Our main study themes are:

  • Contemporary Arts Practice: You will work towards the production of a body of practical work which challenges or extends your previous practice. This work will begin the development of a line of enquiry and will be broad based and experimental in nature. There is a focus on the ways in which practice engages with the ideas of process, collaboration, experimentation, participation and situation. Output can take a combination of forms, including: live, phonic and lens based art; text, sound, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, moving image and installation.   

  • Contemporary Issues: Aims to develop research skills relevant for postgraduate study, addressing several different theoretical positions and visual languages used in contemporary art and design practice. We cover the theoretical and practical research skills required by professional artists and designers and to help improve your confidence in negotiating different visual and theoretical frameworks relevant for your chosen field. We will explore the differences and intersections of contemporary debates across the visual arts and design, which enable you to reevaluate and renegotiate your aesthetic and theoretical frameworks. 

  • International Contexts: Provides artistic and theoretical development set within the context of art and internationalism. There are opportunities to make or curate a body of practice and critical enquiry that locates itself in and around such global art phenomena as international biennials, art fairs and city-wide art events, ensuring you actively consider issues of specificity, locality, the market, regionality, globalism, site and place. 

The course can be studied full-time over one year and part-time over two years.

It culminates in a module entitled MA Major Independent Project, which includes the production of a body of work for public display in the MA Exhibition. Having undertaken two modules dealing with Contemporary Issues and Professional Contexts, you will also be required to present a written assignment that directly relates to and outlines the contextual underpinning of their major project.

Teaching is supported by a variety of means, including printed handouts, audio visual material, site visits, case studies, demonstrations work-in progress discussion, self-directed study, studio critiques and external liaison with professional art galleries.

During your studies, there are opportunities to visit galleries, art spaces, museums and cultural facilities, beginning with a social event combined with a gallery visit in the first fortnight. Each student will have an academic personal tutor (APT) as well as weekly access to a Course Director who will be subject specialist in this field. You also have the chance to present your work to student peers and external practitioners and to get feedback.

We run various creative enterprise projects e.g. Emerge, Coventry Contemporary Art Forum and Creative Enterprise, which bring together researchers, graduates, businesses and enterprise support professionals in the form of events, forums and networking opportunities. We have a series of internal art and design related ‘FACETS’ talks and have close links with the Visual Arts Research group (VAR). You can also join our popular Art Society, which is open to anyone with an interest in art, no matter their abilities or level of study. The Society hosts specialist workshops and runs trips to art galleries like the Ikon and Tate Britain.

Teaching methods include: lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-directed study, continuous coursework, written (essays, journals, critical review, study plan, learning contracts, reports, portfolios), verbal, visual and presentations.

Assessment employs a range of methods including: coursework proposal, oral or written presentations, a learning agreement, portfolio, written reports, log book, artefacts and peer assessed verbal or visual presentations. You will be encouraged to present your work for assessment in a form appropriate to your research and practice.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follow:

  • Practical coursework 80% 
  • Reports/ Presentations 20%

Successful completion of all modules and the MA Independent Project is required to be awarded a `Master of Arts’ title. Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a ‘Distinction’. Candidates achieving a 60% average may be awarded a ‘Merit’. Students who fail to achieve the 180 for the Masters can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Arts Practice if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate if they achieve 60 credits.

80% assessed by practical coursework

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Participate in, and engage with practice surrounding new and traditional media in respect of the disciplines aligned to contemporary arts practice. 
  • Describe, interpret and evaluate artefacts, artworks and events from a range of critical perspectives, taking account of the context of their production, consumption and critical positioning. 
  • Appraise and understand the role of the individual artist/designer/maker in society, applying analytical skills to any discipline or hybrid artwork practice. 
  • Effectively evaluate your own art/design work in relation to that of others. 
  • Contribute to the shaping of a contemporary discourse by promoting innovative, experimental, interdisciplinary and creative approaches towards your discipline. 
  • Make informed judgements about the use of processes and media to communicate ideas, managing ethical dilemmas appropriately. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of an appropriate range of media and processes. 
  • Effectively research, articulate and generate realised professional artworks.
  • Demonstrate skills associated with the use of information gathering, communication technology; professional practice, time management, project management and self-promotion.

In a typical week, studying on a full-time basis, you will have up two days of studio workshop activity that includes contact five hours of teaching.

Part time study is equivalent is one full day per week plus self-directed research. 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further two days of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on research, development, course assignments and professional practice.

The course aims to provide you with opportunities to develop creative, technical and professional skills within the art and design disciplines; teaching staff will draw on their own experiences of having worked and exhibited throughout the world.

In learning about international practices of contemporary art, you will be encouraged to visit at least one major European Biennial, such as Venice, Istanbul, Liverpool or Manifesta. The course has links with international galleries and art and design centred universities, such as Kookmin University and Keimyung University in South Korea. Through the ‘Creative Challenge’ project in 2016 and 2017, students and staff from this course collaborated with several leading universities on a collaborative exhibition and publication. The 2017 exhibition is being held at Bongsan Cultural Centre in South Korea. The participating Institutions include: Keimyung University (South Korea), Coventry University (England), Purdue University (United States), School of Visual Arts (United States), Maryland Institute College of Art (United States), Pen State (United States). It will feature approximately 100 artworks by 60 artists.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

The MA provides an ideal platform from which to explore my field and the cross-pollination of ideas and inspiration through contact and collaboration with other artists.

It allows me to broaden my perspective of art as a viable resource for creative practice, both inside and outside of my chosen field. I hope to explore my own identity as both a business woman and independent artist.

Jaqueline Richards, MA Contemporary Arts Practice student, current student in 2016

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.

Portfolio

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.

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.

Portfolio

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.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

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.

Portfolio

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.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

The MA provides an ideal platform from which to explore my field and the cross-pollination of ideas and inspiration through contact and collaboration with other artists.

It allows me to broaden my perspective of art as a viable resource for creative practice, both inside and outside of my chosen field. I hope to explore my own identity as both a business woman and independent artist.

Jaqueline Richards, MA Contemporary Arts Practice student, current student in 2016

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£12,656 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

The MA provides an ideal platform from which to explore my field and the cross-pollination of ideas and inspiration through contact and collaboration with other artists.

It allows me to broaden my perspective of art as a viable resource for creative practice, both inside and outside of my chosen field. I hope to explore my own identity as both a business woman and independent artist.

Jaqueline Richards, MA Contemporary Arts Practice student, current student in 2016

Career prospects

Depending on your pathway choice, by the end of your studies you can expect to be equipped for professions such as exhibiting artists, curatorial practice, arts consultancy and education or roles within the cultural, digital entertainment and new media industries.

The practical nature of the course aims to provide you with opportunities to develop skills, including: team working, working independently, report writing, project management, self-promotion, creative use of technologies, presentation and finance.

Where our graduates work

Some of graduates have gone on to careers within the creative arts, including film, television, special effects, animation, video games, education, exhibition curation, music, interactive media and many other disciplines.

What our students say...

The staff and teaching were exemplary, and provided the perfect environment for positive and intellectual discourse at an extremely high level. Access to industry professionals and visiting lecturers was extraordinary and I have subsequently collaborated with a number of those contacts in the years that followed my MA. Overall, what my postgraduate studies provided and more importantly allowed for, was the kind of space, time and inspirational teaching. I was fully able to fulfil my creative and intellectual aspirations, which in turn propelled me forward into the career I have gone on to realise in film, TV and the design arts.

Rebekah Tolley, graduated 2003, MA Design and Digital Media/Media Arts (Distinction), now Creative Producer/Director, Tarian Films Limited
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