Throughout your studies, we will endeavour to support you in identifying, initiating and developing work made in community or collaborative contexts.
You will be mentored and supported by accomplished practitioners from diverse disciplinary areas, but will also play an active role in shaping your curriculum, with opportunities for field trips, artist talks, studio visits and multi-location learning, as well as local and international partnerships, embedded within the course. On successful completion of the course, you will have produced bodies of work, participated in public exhibitions and other events, and created written texts that contextualise your own practice within the field.
The course structure incorporates modules which are grouped into three primary areas: conceptual foundations, methodological experimentation, and professional enhancement. This conceptual underpinning prepares you to reflect critically on practices and frameworks relevant to your own work, while you develop your own collaborative projects through intensive, immersive laboratories, and the completion of major projects. The professional modules can prepare you to be innovative, research-informed practitioners able to succeed in your chosen fields of employment.
A range of disciplines, genres and contexts will be examined throughout the course, including socially engaged art, cultural activism, public art, visual anthropology, collectives, progressive education, performance and community photography. Connected learning through social media and online platforms, videoconferencing, and other web-based communication technologies allows the course to activate global networks of diverse and multidisciplinary industry experts. The scope and duration of the course supports this aim, as well as facilitating a long-term approach to working with community, or in partnerships, which is a vital aspect of a successful socially engaged practice.
You will be encouraged to develop projects that deepen your interests and ideas, and can play an active role in the shaping of the curriculum as embedded within the easily personalised course structure are opportunities for field trips, artist talks, studio visits and multi-location learning, as well as local and international partnership. This, in combination with highly flexible assessment forms, allows a significant capacity for self-directing the shape of your own educational outcomes.
On successful completion of the course, you should have produced bodies of work through partnerships, had the opportunity to participated in public presentations of work, and created written texts that contextualise your own practice within this field. Through the development and implementation of individual projects, you will have had the opportunity to galvanize an innovative, research-informed and ethically responsive practice that will leverage your employability in your chosen community of practice.