MA in Contemporary Arts and Music
The MA in Contemporary Arts and Music offers a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies providing an excellent basis for doctoral research and ongoing independent practice.
The course has been designed to allow artists and musicians/composers to develop their interests in a vibrant, interdisciplinary context. It encourages students to develop experimental approaches to their work and examines the conceptual and creative role of the artist and musician/composer in 21st century arts practice. Key elements include a focus of the role of site, context and location, together with an examination of the relationship between artist, art work and audience.
The MA in Contemporary Arts and Music is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University. The other three courses are:
- MA in Composition and Sonic Art
- MA in Contemporary Arts
- MA in Social Sculpture.
A special feature of our four MA interdisciplinary arts courses is the MA feedback forum, in which students and staff meet to discuss creative practice in a supportive and stimulating environment.
The School of Arts has a thriving culture of practice-based PhD research students, linked to our specialist research units. Seventy per cent of these research students began on our MA programmes.
You have the opportunity to spend a semester at one of the following institutions: the Bauhaus University in Weimar; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; and the Vilnius Art Academy.
You have 24-hour access, seven days a week, to excellent studios and workshops. The courses are situated in the Richard Hamilton Building on our beautiful Headington Hill site, one and a half miles from Oxford city centre.
Combining the academic rigour of a traditional programme with practical and vocational components, arts students at Oxford Brookes are well placed for a variety of careers in the creative sector. Many master's students who have developed their practice at postgraduate level will continue as practising artists whilst others take up careers related to their knowledge, expertise or interests, for example within art galleries and museums; teaching further or higher education; new technologies; arts administration; conservation.
The general entry requirements are:
- A good honours degree, ie an upper second or first, in any subject
- An internationally recognised qualification equivalent to a good British honours degree.
Applicants without a first degree, but with extensive experience may also be considered and individual courses may have additional entry requirements to these.