Bath Spa University

Introduction

Bath Spa University offers pre-degree study, undergraduate degrees and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of programmes. We are a teaching-led university with an emphasis on teaching of the highest quality. In each of our Schools of study there are programmes with outstanding results in sector-wide quality assurance processes.

The University has achieved exceptionally high rankings in national newspaper league tables. Its popularity is growing each year, and in the past five years it has achieved a 40% increase in undergraduate applications.

With around 7,000 students the University is small enough for students to benefit from a supportive and friendly study environment, but large enough to provide excellent facilities and resources. Its campuses are superb.

Top Quality Teaching

Bath Spa is one of the first major 'teaching-led' universities. This means that we place the highest possible emphasis on teaching quality for both postgraduate and undergraduate students, and we put the student at the very centre of our activities.

Our staff are passionate about their subjects, and their aim is to deliver excellent teaching to enthusiastic students who are committed to achieving their academic potential. Considerable emphasis is placed on developing innovative methods of teaching and assessment, and you will find that the academic environment is supportive and friendly.

We have been designated a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the creative industries, having won a bid in a major competitive programme of funding in 2005. This has enabled significant investment in our resources and facilities for students across the Schools of Music and Performing Arts, School of Humanities and Cultural Industries and Bath School of Art and Design. Through the development of innovative learning and teaching combined with strengthened links with key employers and industry partners, our Centre will support new models of education and enhance the employability of all students at Bath Spa University.

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Master

Master in Business and Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

Welcome to the MA in Business and Management with specialist pathways in Marketing and Creating and Developing Your Business. This exciting new programme... [+]

Master’s Degree in Business and Management

 

Welcome to the MA in Business and Management with specialist pathways in Marketing and Creating and Developing Your Business. This exciting new programme is specifically designed to help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of business and management and be able to implement this effectively across a wide range of complex business - based scenarios.

 

 

You will engage in the advanced study of a diverse range of organisations and the rapidly changing environments in which they operate both nationally and internationally. You will enhance both your academic research skills and the practical management skills that you will need in order to manage human resources, complex organisational systems and the challenging issues affecting business in a rigorous, pragmatic and effective manner.... [-]


Master in Business and Management (Enterprise)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

You might be seeking to deepen current knowledge and understanding of business and management from the marketing perspective. [+]

Master in Business and Management (Enterprise)

 

You might be seeking to deepen current knowledge and understanding of business and management from the marketing perspective. The specialist pathway in Marketing will enable you to achieve this.

 

 

Teaching Methods and Resources

 

By the time you complete the programme, you will be able to:

 

Understand the major business functions - understanding markets, developing plans, understanding and improving delivery, managing relationships with people, managing finance, technology and other resources; Develop skills and techniques - in gathering, analysing and evaluating information, planning, applying concepts and models to the solution of problems, evaluating risk, making decisions, communicating, working in teams, thinking effectively and in flexibly managing your own work and that of others; Evaluate and challenge both the positive and negative effects of a range of business and management practices and be able to make judgements about their value and implications; Apply your learning in a variety of business contexts ranging from the experience of large multinational organisations to sole party ownership; through different industry and sector specific experience; and through analysis of enterprise at different stages of development - self-employment, start-up and small business ... [-]

Master in Business and Management (Marketing)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

If you are preparing yourself for the skills and understanding that you will need to enter self-employment or to create and develop your own business idea the specialist [+]

Master in Business and Management (Marketing)

 

If you are preparing yourself for the skills and understanding that you will need to enter self-employment or to create and develop your own business idea the specialist pathway (Creating and Developing your Business) will provide a framework around which you can make this a practical reality.

 

 

Teaching Methods and Resources

 

By the time you complete the programme, you will be able to:

 

Understand the major business functions - understanding markets, developing plans, understanding and improving delivery, managing relationships with people, managing finance, technology and other resources; Develop skills and techniques - in gathering, analysing and evaluating information, planning, applying concepts and models to the solution of problems, evaluating risk, making decisions, communicating, working in teams, thinking effectively and in flexibly managing your own work and that of others; Evaluate and challenge both the positive and negative effects of a range of business and management practices and be able to make judgements about their value and implications; Apply your learning in a variety of business contexts ranging from the experience of large multinational organisations to sole party ownership; through different industry and sector specific experience; and through analysis of enterprise at different stages of development - self-employment, start-up and small business ... [-]

Master in Creative Sound and Media Technology

Campus or Online Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

This course is intended primarily for those with experience of music technology who wish to explore the field in more depth, or broaden their experience in interdisciplinary... [+]

Master in Creative Sound and Media Technology

 

This course is intended primarily for those with experience of music technology who wish to explore the field in more depth, or broaden their experience in interdisciplinary and multimedia work. It would also benefit those with a general musical background who wish to gain more experience working with technology, and those with experience in media-based technologies who wish to focus on sound.We take a creative and experimental approach, whilst remaining non genre-specific. The course spans a wide variety of styles and approaches, and will be of interest to those involved in such areas as electro-acoustic / acousmatic music, soundscape, acoustic ecology, computer music, sound / sonic art, electronica, visual music and audiovisual work.The emphasis of the course is largely practical, giving students the opportunity to produce a substantial body of creative work over the duration of the course. Students engage with a wide variety of technical and creative skills - these range from classic techniques derived from areas such as musique concrete and visual music to more contemporary practice, and include advanced skills such as software development using Max/MSP/Jitter and multimedia skills. The course includes a grounding in postgraduate-level research methodology, and opportunities to collaborate with other musicians, performers and media practitioners.The multimedia aspects of the course are optional. Students can choose at what depth to engage with this area, or indeed to focus entirely on sound. In the first trimester there is an opportunity to take on multimedia-based skills as part of the Skills Portfolio module, while the optional Visual Music module will give further opportunities to specialise in this area in trimester 2.... [-]


Master in Creative Writing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

This course will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible. [+]

Master in Creative Writing

 

This course will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible. Located within the School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, the writing programme has established itself over the past 20 years as one of the most successful in the UK.

 

Course Structure and Content

 

The course is modular and is currently offered for full-time study only.Because of the reputation of the MA in Creative Writing, we are able to recruit excellent students who, every year, form an exciting and mutually supportive community of writers. Frequent visits by other writers, literary agents, publishers, broadcasters and other professionals connected with writing ensure that students are given plentiful advice about how to place work and make decisions about their careers as writers.The course is not for the writer whose only interest is in their own work, but rather for the writer who can benefit from working closely with fellow students and with tutors, many of whom are practising and published writers.... [-]


Master in Curatorial Practice

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

The course takes a broad view of curatorial practice and the programme includes consideration of activities in the private domain of the domestic interior, and in virtual reality, as well as [+]

Master in Curatorial Practice

This innovative course benefits from collaborative relationships with museums and galleries of national and international significance, notably the Holburne Museum, Arnolfini, Bristol and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. It covers a wide range of curatorial approaches, from management of the historical collection to creative curating of cutting edge contemporary art, craft and design.

The course takes a broad view of curatorial practice and the programme includes consideration of activities in the private domain of the domestic interior, and in virtual reality, as well as commercial treatments, such as shop window display.

The course is offered in both full and part-time modes. It is normally one year, (3 trimesters) in duration in full time mode or 6 trimesters in part-time mode. The first two trimesters comprise taught sessions and assessed projects, while the Master's Project in the final part of the course is by negotiated project only. Completion of the first 2 modules on the course lead to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate, and completion of the first 4 modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. Subsequent completion of the MA double module leads to the award of MA Curatorial Practice.... [-]


Master in Design: Ceramics

Campus or Online Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

The course is distinctive in offering youMA Design: Ceramics the opportunity to specialise in ceramics as a medium allied to a breadth of possibilities, and establishing negotiated individual [+]

Master in Design: Ceramics

Ceramics aims to develop individual abilities within the subject, whether through practice or historical or theoretical study. Approaches range from sculpture and installation through to studio ceramics and design for products.

The course is distinctive in offering you the opportunity to specialise in ceramics as a medium allied to a breadth of possibilities, and establishing negotiated individual modes of practice.

 

 

Course Structure and Content

 

The course is offered in both full and part-time modes. It is normally one year (3 trimesters) in duration in full-time mode or 6 trimesters in part-time mode. The first two trimesters comprise taught sessions and assessed projects, while the Master’s Project in the final part of the course is by negotiated project only. Completion of the first 2 modules on the course lead to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate, and completion of the first 4 modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. Subsequent completion of the MA double module leads to the award of MA Design: Ceramics.... [-]


Master in Design: Fashion and Textiles

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

Fashion and Textiles aims to develop the creative process for designers in conjunction with valuable marketing and business skills. [+]

Master in Design: Fashion and TextilesFashion and Textiles aims to develop the creative process for designers in conjunction with valuable marketing and business skills.The course is aimed at ambitious designers, designer-makers or textile artists who wish to develop opportunities within the profession and who may wish to set up on their own or with others in small teams.

Course Structure and Content

 

The course is offered in both full and part-time modes. It is normally one year (3 trimesters) in duration in full-time mode or 6 trimesters in part-time mode. The first two trimesters comprise taught sessions and assessed projects, while the Master’s Project in the final part of the course is by negotiated project only. Completion of the first 2 modules on the course lead to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate, and completion of the first 4 modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. Subsequent completion of the MA double module leads to the award of MA Design: Fashion and Textiles.You will be introduced to research skills and methods, product development, design management and methods, with marketing and business skills. The emphasis of the course is learning how best to present ideas, and where and how to place them in the market.The course is developed through seminars, lectures, tutorials, visiting speakers, group critiques, market research and personal research.You are encouraged to trial a product in the market. This may be through first hand experience, or through working with studios and agents for designers, shops and craft markets (for designer makers), or with galleries or public spaces (for textile artists).Students propose a route of study through the course to explore and research a chosen area of textiles in knit, print, weave, or embroidery for fashion or interiors, or in fashion design.... [-]


Master in Education Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

Both the Education Studies and International Education and Global Citizenship awards form part of the Professional Master's Programme within the School of Education and offer a mixture of [+]

Master in Education Studies

 

Both the Education Studies and International Education and Global Citizenship awards form part of the Professional Master's Programme within the School of Education and offer a mixture of theory and practice with professional development within a global and international context.

 

Students come from a wide range of countries - from Cyprus, the Gambia, the United States, Germany, Indonesia, China, Japan, and so on, as well as the United Kingdom. They also come from many backgrounds. Some have educational studies as a first degree while others have been marine biologists, musicians or experts in fibre optics. We welcome this diversity. All come, however, with a good first degree and a thirst to know more about education:... [-]


Master in Feature Filmmaking

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

The course teaches you how modern filmmakers make feature length projects and offers practical experience of trying to make such projects. The collaborative nature of modern film making means that [+]

Master in Feature Filmmaking

 

This course is designed to give students an industry-focused education in the business and practice of modern low-budget feature making for fact or fiction.

The course teaches you how modern filmmakers make feature length projects and offers practical experience of trying to make such projects. The collaborative nature of modern film making means that this is a course for students with aspirations as directors, producers, AP’s, camera ops, editors etc. who want to develop both their aesthetic and business skills for a long successful career working on feature length documentaries or fiction films.

 

 

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Master in Fine Art

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

The MFA is a studio based programme dealing with the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art, each supported by good facilities... [+]

Master in Fine Art

 

Fine Art is a wide ranging field of activity, from painting to electronic and live art, and has grown rapidly in recent years to become a key cultural factor as demonstrated by the growth in the audience for art and in the media attention it attracts.The MFA is a studio based programme dealing with the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art, each supported by good facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists and including discussion of artists' practice, exhibiting and curating.

Course Structure and Content

 

On this practice-based Master's programme an individual programme of studio work, negotiated with staff, will re-establish and then develop your work, potentially to professional, exhibiting level. Progress is guided by both scheduled and optional individual tutorials, and group critiques of work.The context for studio work is informed and clarified by a programme of seminars and discussions which set out a wide range of practice, both in terms of individual artists' work and contemporary museum, gallery, exhibiting and curating activity.This programme is taught with contributions from the staff and from artists and directors and curators of galleries of national and international standing. The programme content varies from year to year according to material available in exhibition in Bristol, London and other centres to which study visits occur on a regular basis - there are currently six to eight study visits to London each year between October and June as well as optional participation in two overseas study visits each year, currently to Paris and New York or Berlin.... [-]


Master in Heritage Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

This course poses challenging questions about our thinking and practice, and offers students the opportunity to explore this through a series of practical projects, working in partnership with a [+]

Master in Heritage Management

 

The ways in which we understand and manage ‘heritage’ are changing rapidly, while the physical remains of our past – buildings, landscapes, city streets, archives, artefacts and archaeological sites – and the intangible associations of tradition, language and memory continue to shape the ways in which we live our lives.

 

This course poses challenging questions about our thinking and practice, and offers students the opportunity to explore this through a series of practical projects, working in partnership with a wide range of heritage organisations across Bath, the region, and beyond. We will help you set heritage in its social, political and economic context, and support you in a series of placements so that you can see how this plays out on the ground, for real.... [-]


Master in Literature, Landscape and Environment

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

The MA draws upon our staff's internationally-recognised expertise in the field; our location in a World Heritage site; and it offers tremendous opportunities... [+]

Master in Literature, Landscape and Environment

 

The MA Literature, Landscape and Environment examines how literature reflects and shapes the way in which we see the landscape and the environment and it gives students the opportunity to study the kind of analyses that are becoming increasingly important to the direction of modern English literary studies.

The MA draws upon our staff's internationally-recognised expertise in the field; our location in a World Heritage site; and it offers tremendous opportunities for students to access unique regional resources.

 

"The first hour was allotted to making themselves comfortable, for they complained of having a very dirty walk, as they came on foot from Snow-Hill, where Mr Branghton keeps a silver-smith's shop; and the young ladies had not only their coats to brush, and shoes to dry, but to adjust their head-dress, which their bonnets had totally discomposed."... [-]


Master in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

The MSc in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology examines the uses of neuropsychology in the clinical world. [+]

Master in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology

 

The MSc in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology examines the uses of neuropsychology in the clinical world. Studying the way the brain works is crucial to psychology and the understanding of human behaviour. Neuropsychology is central to the debate about the spark of individuality each human shows. This course looks at social cognition and affective neuroscience, as well as studying the emerging field of the neuropsychology of psychopathology.The course is an employability-centred extension to an undergraduate psychology degree. It is focused on Neuropsychology, but is suitable for any student interested in preparing for an eventual career as a professional psychologist.... [-]


Master in Scriptwriting

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

The MA in Scriptwriting is a professional training course for working writers. Most scriptwriters work across several media, and the course reflects this. [+]

Master in Scriptwriting

 

The MA in Scriptwriting is a professional training course for working writers. Most scriptwriters work across several media, and the course reflects this. All our tutors are working writers. We aim to turn out writers who understand the structure and craft of drama, have a finished script they can use as a calling card, know the industry in all its variety, and can pitch and sell their work.The MA is taught in seventeen weekends of intensive workshops. It is not, however, 'low residency'. There are as many hours of teaching as on Bath Spa University's established MA in Creative Writing.The course is taught at our beautiful Corsham Court campus where we are developing performance, capture and editing facilities. We also work closely with the School of Music and Performing Arts, and their students will have the opportunity to help act in and produce our work.Although this is an intellectually challenging postgraduate course, there is no 'academic' side detached from the working side. Everything theoretical is geared to help the students as writers.... [-]


Master in Songwriting

Campus or Online Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a [+]

Master in Songwriting

 

This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a professional level, and published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation whilst continuing to improve creatively. The course, which is based at the university's Corsham Court campus, will help you to develop a range of critical, practical, communicative, industrial and research-based skills.

 

 

During the programme you will learn to:

Comment critically upon your own and others’ material; Examine the musicological and historical roots of your craft; Consider the commercial value of your songs in the marketplace; Rewrite and collaborate; Conduct academic research; Develop technical skills; Create a professional-standard portfolio of your work. ... [-]

Master in TESOL

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second [+]

Why study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)? The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language, or further develop their TESOL career prospects. The MA TESOL at Bath Spa University is one of the few TESOL programmes in the UK which incorporates a teaching practice component and is designed for both experienced teachers and those with little or no previous teaching experience. The programme aims to develop confident, well informed, resourceful language teaching practitioners who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. At the same time you will extend your own knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting. The programme recognises and values your professional, cultural and life experiences and you will develop and explore these experiences during the programme. This will enhance your professional knowledge and understanding through reflection, aided by theoretical input and practical application. Context specific professional development is an important element in the programme as we prepare you to return to your home country with an adaptable knowledge base for your particular setting. Entry requirements Students will typically have a good undergraduate degree (at least a 2:1) in an appropriate specialism from a recognised higher education institution. Teaching experience is welcome but not essential. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 6 or 7 modules at another university. We will require a full transcript from the awarding university. It is also possible to gain accreditation for other kinds of professional development by compiling an independent study portfolio of professional development (APEL - Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning). Students wishing to take the Independent Study module in the first trimester must supply evidence of teaching experience in the form of a letter from a past/current employer. The decision to allow a student to follow the independent study option will be taken by the Award Leader after discussion with the student and considering the evidence provided. International students, whose first language is not English, are required to have a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Career opportunities Students who complete the MA TESOL will have many career opportunities including: English language teaching (general or specialised), language teacher trainer, materials writing, curriculum development, language textbook editor, Director of Studies/Assistant Director of Studies, PhD studies. [-]

Master in Travel and Nature Writing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

The Master of Arts in Travel and Nature Writing is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in the growing field of creative non-fiction inspired by the natural... [+]

Master in Travel and Nature Writing

 

The Master of Arts in Travel and Nature Writing is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in the growing field of creative non-fiction inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying. The course focuses on the application of writing skills to match the requirements of the travel and nature writing sector. To this end, students will learn from engagement, encounter, workshop, tuition and mentoring; they will develop their professional practice and produce a portfolio of work to help establish their careers in this highly competitive field.

Course Structure and Content

 

This is a low residency course over three semesters. It will consist of three week-long residential sessions, meeting visiting writers and industry specialists; distance learning modules designed to familiarise participants with the standards, interests and publishing requirements of the sector; one-to-one tutorials and mentoring providing the opportunity to turn experience into well-crafted writing of publication standard.... [-]


Master in Writing for Young People

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

This specialist creative writing MA course enlists the expertise of our team of writer-lecturers, five of whom are currently published in the field of children's writing. [+]

Master in Writing for Young People

 

This specialist creative writing MA course enlists the expertise of our team of writer-lecturers, five of whom are currently published in the field of children's writing. It is supported by visiting speakers from the children's publishing world, including agents, editors, publishers and authors.

 

Books

 

Leading Children's Literary Agents, United Agents, offers an annual prize for the 'most promising writer for young people'. We have an excellent track record of graduates achieving publication. Novels by Elen Caldecott, Jim Carrington, Alex Diaz, Marie-Louise Jensen, Sally Nicholls and C.J. Skuse have all been published in the last four years. Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls won the Waterstones Children's Book of the Year Award and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award 2008. Marie-Louise Jensen and Elen Caldecott were both shortlisted for the 2009 Waterstones Prize, and Elen is also longlisted for the Carnegie award for How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant.... [-]


MSc

Creative Technologies and Enterprise

Campus Full time Part time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The MSc in Creative Technologies and Enterprise (MSc) is designed for people who are seeking to develop their abilities in order to operate in the digital world or prepare themselves for future research in this field. [+]

The MSc in Creative Technologies and Enterprise (MSc) is designed for people who are seeking to develop their abilities in order to operate in the digital world or prepare themselves for future research in this field. Future industries depend upon people who are equipped with creative ideas, entrepreneurial skills and technological knowledge. Studying Creative Technologies and Enterprise will prepare you for a rapidly-changing global digital economy in which your ability to adapt on-the-fly and make creative contributions will be your major resource. The course has been planned with enterprise partners and offers opportunities for national and international placements throughout. The course is based at the Corsham Court campus in the Centre for Creative Computing. Why study Creative Technologies and Enterprise? The course is very flexibly designed to suit your particular interests. Masters students will be expected to undertake a great deal of self-directed study with tutorial guidance. You will work in both individual and collaborative situations. You may well become involved in some of the ongoing projects that are taking place in the Centre for Creative Computing. These currently include: app development in areas such as heritage, health and tourism; original work in artistic fields, such as digital opera or electronic literature; software engineering for semantic web or cloud computing; data analysis and 3D visualisation; and so on. There will be a considerable degree of autonomy associated with these projects, but they will all be the subject of prior negotiation with academic staff and industrial partners. You will be taught research methods and undertake your own research project. Research in Creative Technologies and Enterprise is inherently transdisciplinary, which creates particular challenges when considering appropriate methodologies. The course will explore these fully, looking at quantitative and qualitative methods, action research and other creative methods. You will seek to understand, through both practice and theory, the nature of both “creativity” and “innovation”. These are crucial concepts whose definition is the subject if much discussion and research. The course sets out to explore them so that you will be able to apply the knowledge that results in the professional domain. This aspect of the course is characterised by a shared sense of discovery as we work towards a full realisation. You will encounter emerging technologies that will place you at the cutting-edge of developments in the digital economy. You will also build a solid base of research skills and methods that will provide you with the means to contribute to Research and Development or to develop your own research projects. Course structure The course will typically work closely with industrial partners, giving you the opportunity to develop your existing skills in whatever sector of the digital and creative industries to which you may currently be committed. You will be undertaking self-devised individual or collaborative creative projects. There will be a considerable degree of autonomy associated with these projects, but they will all be the subject of prior negotiation with academic staff and industrial partners. You will be taught research methods and undertake your own research project. Research in Creative Technologies and Enterprise is inherently transdisciplinary, which creates particular challenges when considering appropriate methodologies. The course will explore these fully, looking at quantitative and qualitative methods, action research and other creative methods. You will seek to understand, through both practice and theory, the nature of both “creativity” and “innovation”. These are crucial concepts whose definition is the subject if much discussion and research. The course sets out to explore them so that you will be able to apply the knowledge that results in the professional domain. This aspect of the course is characterised by a shared sense of discovery as we work towards a full realisation. You will encounter emerging technologies that will place you at the cutting-edge of developments in the digital economy. You will also build a solid base of research skills and methods that will provide you with the means to contribute to Research and Development or to develop your own research projects. Fees UK/EU full-time fee : £6,595 UK/EU part-time fee (50% of current year full time rate) : £3,300 [-]

MSc Environmental Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

This is a broad based and flexible course that will prepare you for a range of environmental careers, from environmental specialist to a manager with an environmental remit. [+]

Key features Provides a sound understanding of environmental issues and practices for consultancy or industry Potential for environmental science, biodiversity and/or business management focus Flexible modular content allows course to be tailored to professionals from any industry not just environmental professionals Opportunities to undertake research projects with industry partners Industry-sponsored prize for 'Environmental Manager of the Year' Core teaching staff with industry experience. Why study Environmental Management? This is a broad based and flexible course that will prepare you for a range of environmental careers, from environmental specialist to a manager with an environmental remit. Alternatively the course or modules within it can provide valuable continuing professional development (CPD) for professionals wanting to refresh or expand their skills in environmental management. This can be done by taking the whole course or individual modules as stand-alone CPD items. Unusually, and possible uniquely, for an Environmental Management Masters, students will be able to include business management modules in their options. In addition, through choosing particular modules and assessment options, the course can be tailored to suit a range of specialist interests and careers in the environmental and management sectors. For example this course will suit someone wishing to pursue a career in ecological consultancy, or a career in pollution control or environmental hazards and liabilities. Course structure You will study two compulsory 30 credit modules (one in each taught trimester) that will provide a detailed overview of environmental management practices, principles, tools and techniques. These will include topics such as pollution, EMS, biodiversity, environmental monitoring, GIS, environmental decision-making and communication skills. Modules amounting to a further 30 credits are also selected in each taught trimester, from a choice of environmental management or business management topics. You must take a minimum of 30 credits in environmental management and there are four 15 credit environmental management modules available. These are focused on: ecosystem management; environment and society; applied geomorphology; and, wastes, energy and pollution. Business management modules are available in topics such as: contemporary management issues; entrepreneurship; financial management; marketing; and managing people. Finally, you will complete a 60 credit research project that will allow you to demonstrate your environmental understanding in an area relevant to your interests and career; from biodiversity to business. You may also elect to use an existing project related to your employment as your dissertation. [-]

MA

MA Arts Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

MA Arts Management at Bath Spa offers a unique opportunity to engage with an extensive range of regional, national and international arts and cultural organization covering the full range of the creative industries from dance, theatre and music to digital creativity, the fine arts and fashion to heritage, museums and cultural tourism. [+]

MA Arts Management

MA Arts Management at Bath Spa offers a unique opportunity to engage with an extensive range of regional, national and international arts and cultural organization covering the full range of the creative industries from dance, theatre and music to digital creativity, the fine arts and fashion to heritage, museums and cultural tourism. Culture, the arts and the creative industries in the UK are estimated to be worth around £36 billion to our economy – our creative and cultural excellence plays a crucial role in our national identity, and is recognized globally. But in the 21st century, culture and arts policy and practice are being shaped against a background of enormous change and challenge across the creative sectors. Arts managers and administrators are instrumental in the governance and sustainability of the creative sectors. From policy makers to caretakers of arts buildings and infrastructure, from pioneers of economic innovation to leaders of excellence in creative practice, cultural leaders and managers of the arts will increasingly need to be flexible, responsive and imaginative practitioners, equally comfortable in a variety of settings, and adept at working in partnership with a wide range of organisations. They will need to be people who see the arts and culture as a vital part of the wider economy. Bath, a relatively small city with a resident population of about 80,000, attracts over 4 million visitors every year. It hosts an annual series of internationally renowned arts and cultural festivals, has been a fashionable spa for leisure and pleasure since the 18th century, and is a World Heritage Site with rich offering of museums and galleries. But it is also a city at the heart of the South West, ideally situated between Bristol and London on the M4 high tech and creative industries ‘corridor’. The brand new MA in Arts Management at Bath Spa builds on your own previous experience and background, expanding your professional arts knowledge, management skills, entrepreneurial thinking, and creative leadership skills. Designed and delivered in close collaboration with leading arts organisations, the course will provide you with the theoretical framework, appropriate skills and practical experience to meet the challenges of working in your chosen field. For more information on this and other courses, please visit our course finder.... [-]


MA Dance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

Dance at Bath Spa University is known for its work in both live and screen-based performance practice. [+]

MA Dance

Dance at Bath Spa University is known for its work in both live and screen-based performance practice. The masters programme (new for 2013) is ideal for those interested in the interface of contemporary dance, site, and digital media. The course is aimed at those with a specialist interest in screen-based dance practice and/or interdisciplinary work where the texts of dance and one or more other media intersect to create new work. If you are interested in spending a year (or 2 years part-time) in a supportive and highly creative environment to explore and develop your skills as a dance artist, to work creatively with other artists, and to learn the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in what is a challenging and changing workplace, this may be the course for you.... [-]


MA in Advertising Practice

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Bath

This is an MA programme for creative people and account planners working on a combination of course- and client-set “live” briefs, leading and mentoring teams of undergraduate advertising students in ways that mirror the professional creative team-leadership role... [+]

MA in Advertising Practice This is an MA programme for creative people and account planners working on a combination of course- and client-set “live” briefs, leading and mentoring teams of undergraduate advertising students in ways that mirror the professional creative team-leadership role. Why study Advertising Practice? With its emphasis on building real business skills, on team leadership and creativity, this course is unlike any other MA Advertising programme in existence in the UK and abroad. Course structure The course is organised to help writers, art directors and planners improve their specialist skills while at the same time learning to work better as teams. Some of the modules are discipline-specific and others require students to work in teams as they do in agencies. Modules Trimester 1 (60 credits) Core skills (30 credits): This module is designed to give students necessary postgraduate-level skills in research methodologies, to provide an overview of ethical issues in advertising and –through a series of intensive workshop sessions – to improve students’ presentation skills. Copywriters, art directors and account planners work together on set briefs and present their thinking in these workshops. Creativity in Practice (30 credits): This portfolio-building class encourages experimentation with technology and new media, using global case studies as examples of best practice. Through a combination of set and “live” briefs, students learn to play to their strengths and identify areas of improvement to work on during their specialist “Advanced Topic” modules. Trimester 2 (60 credits) Marketing Communications (15 credits): This module explores the key issues and challenges in contemporary marketing communications. It covers strategic issues of brand strategy, planning, and channel integration as well as the tactical considerations needed to execute relevant and appropriate marketing communications campaigns that meet the needs of key identified audiences. Creativity and Change (15 credits): This module enables students to develop their capacity in creativity and innovation, and in the manner that they communicate and negotiate with colleagues and key stakeholders. It helps students to become more self-aware, both as a learner and as a manager, in the way they apply these skills to the organisation. Advanced topics in Copywriting (30 credits; required for copywriters): Here copywriting students consider the relationship between language and advertising ‘idea’, the role of word choice, grammar and punctuation, writing better headlines and better body copy through writing workshops and talking with guest speakers. Advanced topics in Art Direction (30 credits; required for art directors): Students in this module improve their art-directing skills by visiting and talking with successful art directors, photographers, illustrators and filmmakers, learning about and practicing with the latest hardware and software, and in workshops discussing their own work in relation to the work of other students. Advanced topics in Account Planning (30 credits; required for planners): What is the relationship between consumer insights and advertising ideas? How can account planners work best with creative teams and account managers to turn these insights into great work? Learning from established account planners and sharing their own thoughts and ideas with their peers, students in this module learn how and why account planning has become central to the creative process in most agencies today. Trimester three (60 credits) Final Project (60 credits; dissertation-equivalent module): To include a presentation by art direction, copywriting and account planning students to a major global advertising agency and mentoring undergraduate teams through the process. Total credits = 180 Students should also attend their choice of intensive weekend short courses. These short courses include: Typography Website design Social media for businesses Copywriting for the Web Adobe Creative Suite Creativity in mobile apps Course assessment Portfolio Reflective essays Presentations Teaching methods Access to industry-standard computers, software and technical advice is freely available to all students on the course. Career opportunities Graduates will have first-hand experience of working in top agencies. The course is designed to help prepare graduates for work in the agency of their choice. [-]

MA in Education: Early Childhood Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This course will enable you to develop expertise in this growing area of education and become a specialist in promoting high quality practice in early years settings. Early Years Education is now recognised globally as crucial for laying the foundation for lifelong learning and development. [+]

MA in Education: Early Childhood Studies

This course will enable you to develop expertise in this growing area of education and become a specialist in promoting high quality practice in early years settings.  Early Years Education is now recognised globally as crucial for laying the foundation for lifelong learning and development.  Critical aspects of social, emotional and cognitive development are established in the first five years of life emphasising the importance of this phase of education.

Why study Education: Early Childhood Studies?

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of how children develop and learn, along with the most effective ways to create an enabling learning environment. You will be introduced to different pedagogical approaches, including international perspectives, which will include a critical analysis of the role of the adult in supporting young childrens’ learning.  The course incorporates various elective modules which will enhance your skills and insights into developing quality educational provision for young children.... [-]


MA in Education: Leadership and Management

Campus Full time 15 months September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

In a globally connected and rapidly changing world the skills needed in the future are very different to those needed today. It is argued that education offers each individual and nation the best chance of navigating an unknown future. [+]

MA in Education: Leadership and Management

In a globally connected and rapidly changing world the skills needed in the future are very different to those needed today. It is argued that education offers each individual and nation the best chance of navigating an unknown future. This course explores the unique challenges facing educational leaders in the 21st century as they learn to cope with uncertainty and adapt to evolving conditions.

Why study Education: Leadership and Management?

The MA Education: Leadership and Management is designed for those who are interested in becoming, or presently working as, middle and senior managers and leaders in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. Drawing on internationally based research this course offers a critical and culturally based understanding of leadership as a social and ethical practice.... [-]


MA in Fashion Portfolio

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects, which include Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms. Together with other students you will engage in furthering your intellectual enquiry through Research Methods, and develop business and entrepreneurial skills to underpin your future career... [+]

MA in Fashion Portfolio This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects, which include Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms. Together with other students you will engage in furthering your intellectual enquiry through Research Methods, and develop business and entrepreneurial skills to underpin your future career. In subjects, knowledge is deepened through specialist projects and learning opportunities, enabling you to define your individual direction for a professional creative outcome. You have access to a wide range of specialist facilities and the experience of dedicated academic staff and visiting professionals. Course Structure If studying full-time you will undertake 60 credits of modules over each Trimester. In part-time mode you will undertake 30 credits of modules over a Trimester. You will begin the course with the module in ‘Research Methods 1’. This will enable you to contextual and describe your intentions for developing your own practice in one of the specialist subject areas within the Fashion Portfolio – Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling. In the studio practice module ‘Establishing Skills and Identity’, you will work within your subject area and the associated facilities. You will then undertake ‘Research Methods 2’, which is aimed at developing relevant skills needed for a creative career, and further your studio practice in the ‘Defining Practice’ module. For the final 60 credits you will undertake the ‘Final Masters Project’. This allows you to develop a body of work leading to a publication or an exhibition. Modules Trimester 1 Research Methods 1: Contextual Research and Creating Narratives Establishing Skills and Identity: Film Illustration Journalism Photography Styling Trimester 2 Research Methods 2: Defining Audience, Market Research, Entrepreneurship, Business Development and Promotional Skills Defining Practice: Film Illustration Journalism Photography Styling Trimester 3 Final Masters Project in: Fashion Photography Fashion Styling Fashion Illustration Fashion Film Fashion Journalism Teaching Methods and Resources Studio engagement Technical demonstrations Practical workshop introductions Taught practical sessions Directed or self-directed projects Active participation through seminars, group work and directed learning Engagement in using both hand and digital processes Lecture series Individual and group tutorials Study trips and gallery visits Personal presentation, display and documentation of work Self-directed research and study activities You will receive extensive personal support from a friendly and caring staff, good practical and theoretical education, extensive workshop facilities and availability of careers advice and support. Assessment criteria The PGCert is assessed by studio exhibition and/or portfolio presentation with a marketing report. The PGDip involves a written report including market analysis of your chosen product field. Practical work is presented by studio work and/or portfolio. For the MA you will present a cohesive body of creative work, supported by written work. Career opportunities The course will prepare students for the following careers: Fashion Photographer Fashion Stylist Fashion Illustrator Fashion Film Maker Fashion Journalist Entry requirements Admission is normally based on a good undergraduate degree in a design or media discipline together with an interview. Applicants with a good honours degree in a related discipline and/or with relevant work experience will also be considered. To help applicants – especially those from overseas – to decide if this course is appropriate for them, it is advisable to contact the Course Director prior to application. [-]

MA in International Education

Campus Full time 15 months September 2016 United Kingdom Bath

The MA Education: International Education offers the opportunity to work with researchers who have developed leading perspectives in understanding comparative and international education policy and practice. The programme is particularly relevant to students from developed and developing countries who plan to work in professional... [+]

MA in International Education

The MA Education: International Education offers the opportunity to work with researchers who have developed leading perspectives in understanding comparative and international education policy and practice.  The programme is particularly relevant to students from developed and developing countries who plan to work in professional, management, and education roles in both national education systems and internationally.

Why study International Education?

The programme situates the study of international education within a complex and changing world where education and education professionals are called upon to play equally complex and challenging roles in promoting economic growth and competition, while at the same time supporting the development of sustainable and cohesive societies and promoting equity and social justice.... [-]


MA in Jane Austen's England

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The author Jane Austen's lifetime (1775-1817) spans a fascinating period of British history and both she and her writings need to be understood in the context of her time. This MA concentrates on the world in which Austen lived and it explores the wider social, political and cultural history of a vital period between the American Revolution and the end of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, events that... [+]

MA in Jane Austen's England The author Jane Austen's lifetime (1775-1817) spans a fascinating period of British history and both she and her writings need to be understood in the context of her time. This MA concentrates on the world in which Austen lived and it explores the wider social, political and cultural history of a vital period between the American Revolution and the end of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, events that bookend Austen’s life. Why study Jane Austen's England? The course takes students from the last years of George III's active monarchy through to the Regency, and it also encourages students to engage with a complex society that was undergoing rapid growth, commercial/industrial development and growing demands for reform at home, while simultaneously restoring its imperial credentials and expanding to become Europe's leading international power. Additionally it examines the nature of contemporary debates and discussions about gender through Austen's life, work and the characters that she created reflecting the gendered expectations and tensions that operated in both women's and men's lives at the time. Those studying this course will also benefit from its location in Bath and from the well-established association of Bath Spa University with the heritage sector, specifically through our close connections with the Jane Austen Centre, Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton House Library, and the Holburne and other Bath Museums. This will enable students to learn how Jane Austen’s England is used to generate both income and provide jobs in the contemporary local and international worlds, and encourage them to use their own knowledge and imagination to contribute to this. It also allows opportunities to use academic expertise across Bath Spa University and in the multi-disciplinary Centre for History and Culture. Course structure The MA would be earned by successfully completing 180 credits as follows: two 30-credit compulsory modules; a combination of optional modules totalling 30/60 credits depending on Dissertation; a 60/90-credit Dissertation. Modules Compulsory Modules (30 credits): Austen’s England, c.1775–1820 Research Skills and Methods Optional Modules (30 credits): These would include but are not restricted to: Gender and Society in Austen’s England, c.1775–1820 Jane Austen and Bath: Life, Letters and Literature Jane Austen: Her Novels, Life and Afterlife Students are able to take a maximum of 30 credits of elective from an award other than the one for which they are registered. For example, The Country and the City in History (taught as part of the MA: Literature, Landscape and Environment). A list of open and elective modules available in any one academic year are normally circulated to all students in July prior to the beginning of the next academic session in October. Dissertation (60/90-credit): Students will be assigned an individual dissertation supervisor, who will work with them on a one-to-one basis to develop an original piece of historical research of 15,000/20,000 words. The 60-credit dissertation represents a detailed piece of research carried out by the student who, although supervised by a member of the academic staff, will be expected to work independently, to demonstrate sufficient mastery of the chosen topic and an appropriate ability in the organisation and presentation of the material. The 90-credit dissertation is offered to students who demonstrate a clear grasp of their subject matter, and who therefore would benefit from devoting themselves more fully to the dissertation topic, rather than taking another taught module Teaching methods Individual study materials, workshop activity preparation tasks and follow-up discussions will be disseminated in class and/or through Minerva (students are expected to refer to Minerva [The BSU VLE] on a regular basis). Individual tutorials with module tutors and/or supervisors will be used to provide students with assignment feedback and project/dissertation guidance. Seminars and workshops provide opportunities for shared learning and peer support. Career opportunities While some students may wish to use the MA as the basis for advanced postgraduate study in History and move on to a PhD programme at BSU or elsewhere, we realise that many of our students will be using what they have gained from the MA programme in the wider world of work. A masters degree will enable you to further develop the key skills employers seek such as: time management; problem solving; team work; deadline and project management; cultural awareness; working independently; using your initiative; relationship-building; critical thinking and research analysis. Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences. Emphasis on the close reading of texts, the development of sophisticated critical analyses of debates and issues, the construction of argument from partial or contradictory sources and the development of syntheses, all lend themselves to transferability. So too does the attention to presentation and voice in oral and written work. Successful postgraduates from the MA will offer additional skills to employers in, among others, the heritage sector and creative industries. About 50% of master’s graduates enter careers that are open to graduates of any discipline but require a range of transferable skills gained from your academic, life and work experience. Some ‘any discipline’ areas include: Heritage General management Financial services Media IT Advertising and marketing Public relations Law enforcement [-]

MA in Visual Communication

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The Masters in Visual Communication is a practical course for specialists. It focuses on the distinct yet related strands of Photography; Illustration and Graphic Design, encouraging its students to collaborate in examining the connection between each discipline and its shared visual language. As specialists in each field and in consultation with their tutors, students will develop their work... [+]

MA in Visual Communication The Masters in Visual Communication is a practical course for specialists. It focuses on the distinct yet related strands of Photography; Illustration and Graphic Design, encouraging its students to collaborate in examining the connection between each discipline and its shared visual language. As specialists in each field and in consultation with their tutors, students will develop their work individually as well as in conjunction with others. This approach provides individuals with a professional and a conceptual context for their practice. Their final portfolio will show evidence of this ability and control and students will be able to present it with confidence when they finish the course and enter the work place, or continue with study. Course structure and Content The ethos of the course is that all Visual Communication specialisms need to work in relation to and in recognition of other related fields. We believe that a contextually informed approach to specialist practice is especially necessary in the present era, when boundaries between disciplines are changing – sometimes even dissolving. The course is therefore designed to allow you to retain and develop your own practice, while collaborating with and maintaining a critical dialogue with others in parallel fields. Modules The course consists of five modules in which students will develop work with an evolving, largely self-directed focus. In all but the first of these practical modules, you will be actively encouraged to collaborate across disciplines, however you will decide the best route for your practice in close consultation with your tutor. In the first two modules: Research Methodologies and Developing Practice you will consolidate your practice and through workshops and presentations, identify strengths and weaknesses before deciding where your approach needs to be amended and developed. For the third and fourth modules: Practice in Context and Practice in a Global Context, you will develop work especially tailored, first for a local and then for a global audience. In the final module Masters Project, you will design a brief that focuses on and centers around an area that has become of special interest to you in your chosen field. Teaching Methods and Resources The course is based at the Sion Hill Campus and most of the teaching will take place here. Students will work in the Design department studios and have access to dedicated Apple computer suites with up to date design and imaging software and digital print facilities with a range of calibrated wide format printers. In addition there is a newly refurbished black and white darkroom, two photographic studios, an etching and lithography and a screen-printing workshop. For those that need them in the course of creating exhibitions and presentations, the metal work, plastics and woodwork shops will also be available. Each of the specialist workshops are staffed by technicians and technical demonstrators, who between them cover inductions and instruction in their specialist areas. Students on the MAVC will have access to any, or all of these facilities by negotiation with these technical staff. The schools visiting lecture programmes and Contextual Studies lecture and seminar series are designed and directed toward postgraduate and undergraduate students and MAVC students will be encouraged to attend a selected series of lectures that support their studies. The specialist library at Sion hill is extremely well resourced and the University provides many conventional and online specialist journals. In addition, there is a specialist library of rare and historic books at Corsham Court, and a large library at Newton Park campus. Employability The purpose of this course is to enable each student to question re-establish and define their own professional practice. This will enable individuals to control their career trajectory with a view to working in the creative industries internationally. This may include working for design agencies, gaining freelance commissions and initiating commercial opportunities. Career opportunities The purpose of this course is to enable each student to question re-establish and define their own professional practice. This will enable individuals to control their career trajectory with a view to working in the creative industries internationally. As our students shape their individual career paths into the ever-changing world of visual communication, they may consider many popular and competitively sought after routes. As MAVC post graduates, we will do our best to ensure that they have carefully edited and considered, high quality portfolios of professional level work and the confidence to successfully present them in: Self-employed Photography / Graphic Design / Illustration within the media including general and specialist journalism. Work for design agencies, architectural or engineering practices, or other specialist consultants, or work on research projects in conjunction with fine artists, or scientists In-house jobs for designers / illustrators / photographers; as staff in design agencies, publishing houses, picture libraries or publishers Above and below the line design in the Broadcast Media Industry Specialist teaching jobs, or as visiting professionals, or contracted staff in schools, or further and higher education colleges and universities Academic careers in a further or higher education institutions Assessment Methods Assessment of modules is by written submission, presentation and a final exhibition. A dissertation is optional and can be negotiated on an individual basis. It can form a part of the final exhibition and will be assessed at the same point. Entry Requirements The usual requirement is a good first degree (2:1 and above, or the international equivalent) in a related subject area, in addition to a portfolio that demonstrates your visual ability. You may be selected based upon your particular work background, and your aptitude to the course. If your work experience is in a parallel field, appropriate to the course, we will consider your application. [-]

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