MA in Social Sculpture
The MA in Social Sculpture is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts and Humanities at Oxford Brookes University.
The MA in Social Sculpture 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 Contemporary Arts and Music.
These interdisciplinary courses broaden awareness of expanded art practices and cross-disciplinary concerns. They question the boundaries of art practice, provoke shifts in perception and help to develop work with relevance to contemporary life. A concern for location, context and audience is central. All projects culminate in a public presentation or performance.
These 4 MA courses are unique in their emphasis on creative strategies and innovative reflective practices that students often say have transformed not only their practice but their lives as well.
The MA in Social Sculpture provides a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies providing an excellent basis for doctoral research as well as ongoing independent practice. The course offers a special focus on social sculpture, agents of change and ecological citizenship, connective practices and cultural creative action. Alongside exploring strategies of engagement, and the relationship between imagination and transformation, it makes special reference to the proposals, projects and legacy of Joseph Beuys. The course also explores the broader field of expanded art practices, examining theoretical and philosophical frameworks; exploring the relationship of social sculpture to ecological sustainability;and developing practice-based methodologies and strategies as the basis for your own practice-based, interdisciplinary social sculpture and expanded art projects.
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.
A special feature of these courses is the MA Feedback Forum, in which students and staff meet to discuss creative practice in a supportive and stimulating environment. You have the opportunity to spend a semester at the Bauhaus University in Weimar; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; or the Vilnius Art Academy. You have 24-hour access to excellent studios and workshops. The courses are situated in the Richard Hamilton Building in the 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.