MA in Contemporary Arts

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Program Description

MA in Contemporary Arts

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

MA in Contemporary Arts

The MA in Contemporary Arts offers a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies, providing an excellent basis for doctoral research and ongoing independent practice.

The course encourages active engagement with contemporary debates in visual art: the role of the viewer, conceptual approaches to creative practice, the selection of materials, process, documentary strategies, installation, site-based creative processes, interdisciplinary approaches, and the role of performance in contemporary arts practice.

The MA in Contemporary Arts 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 and Music
  • MA in Social Sculpture.

A special feature of these four MA Arts courses is the MA feedback forum, in which students and staff meet to discuss each other's work 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 courses.

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 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.

Career prospects

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.

Entry requirements

The general entry requirements are:

  • A good honours degree, 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
4,840 GBP
Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Oxford, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 - 24 months
Price 4,840 GBP
- UK and EU; £11,600 - Non-EU