University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art

Introduction

Why choose us?

    Discover exciting opportunities to develop your creativity in a unique waterfront location.
      Join a dynamic and friendly community of artists, musicians, designers and creators.
        Be part of an internationally recognised Top 20 University (The University of Kent is ranked among the top 16 in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2016).

        The School of Music and Fine Art's multi-million pound Medway development is located within the award-winning Chatham Historic Dockyard, an international visitor attraction which is the world's most complete example of an Historic Dockyard from the age of sail. With atmospheric historic buildings, it is in regular demand as a film set, and features in music videos, documentaries, TV dramas, films and blockbuster movies.

        Medway is a lively creative hub, with excellent public transport connections and Ebbsfleet International train station, just 30 minutes away, offering high speed services to Paris (2hrs 10mins), Brussels (1hr 50 mins) and London (17mins). As a result, our students have easy access to three major European cities and some of world’s best galleries, live music performances, visitor attractions and theatre companies.

        Studying at Kent offers a range of benefits:

          Award winning facilities, space, workshops, studios and equipment
            Supportive, experienced and award winning tutors
              Financial assistance, fee waivers and scholarships
                Inspiring waterfront location on historic site with access to London within an hour
                  Superb industry links and opportunities to study a year abroad or spend a year in industry
                    Opportunities for interdisciplinary projects
                      Flexible course structure, with full and part time option

                      Our postgraduate students follow a wide variety of taught and research programmes and benefit from our thriving research environment and strong research profile. The School hosts a regular programme of seminars, symposia, conferences and other events, which are open to students from all programmes across both departments, and access to state of the art facilities and equipment plus a dedicated postgraduate room for your study, as well as all the support and learning resources of a major, research-led University.

                      A distinctive feature of our postgraduate culture is our Practice as Research PhD’s offered within Music, Fine Art, and Event and Experience Design. PaR PhD students undertake a substantial research project guided by supportive and accessible supervisors with international reputations in their field of expertise.

                      Facilities The University has invested substantially in the School of Music and Fine Art and there have been many exciting new developments at our Dockyard site. Our facilities include an Art Workshop which houses a plaster casting room, spray booth, metal work room with welding and cutting facilities, a kiln room, screen printing room, digital fabrication room equipped with a laser cutter and 3D printer as well as the main wood working machine shop. We also have art studios, individual video editing suites, Mac suites, wet and digital dark rooms and large format printing and scanning facilities. The Music facilities are similarly impressive and include a range of industry-standard studios, recording and post-production facilities. The Fire Station at the Historic Dockyard features a brand-new spatial audio studio, Foley studio for film sound effects and audio dubbing, and ensemble rehearsal spaces alongside three large performance spaces. Meanwhile, the Foundry is home to our flagship recording studio.

                      Centrally Located

                      The Medway region itself has excellent transport connections with three major European cities. There are two mainline stations within one mile of the campus and Ebbsfleet International train station is just 30 minutes away and runs direct high speed services to Paris (2 hrs 10 mins), Brussels (1 hr 50 mins) and London (17 mins). As a result, our students have easy access to three major European cities and some of world’s best galleries, live music performances, visitor attractions and theatre companies.

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                      MA Fine Art

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

                      Postgraduate studies in Fine Art at Kent offer you an energetic, challenging and open framework in which to explore your artistic practice. The programme welcomes independent thinkers who seek to develop their practice in a discursive environment that brings together a diverse set of attitudes to making and producing art work in contemporary culture. [+]

                      Course structure This programme develops your practice towards establishing a creative, critical and independent practice. You have your own studio space in which to explore and test your studio work, with full access to workshops and high-quality resources. The programme welcomes students who wish to pursue any form of artistic practice in an interdisciplinary studio-based research environment. A core series of critical studies lectures, seminars, tutorials and collaborative opportunities allow you to develop your awareness of key issues in contemporary culture. We also offer opportunities for working with museums and galleries outside of the University, developing your specialism towards the achievement of professional excellence within your field. Modules The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you. FA800 - Fine Art (60 credits) FA801 - Development of Practice (30 credits) FA803 - Collaborative Project (30 credits) MU898 - Dissertation (60 credits) Teaching and Assessment The programme is assessed by self-directed written and practice-based coursework for each of the modules. The programme aims to: create and interpret knowledge at the forefront of the discipline through the development of critical, conceptual and practical abilities develop a self-directed programme of practice and related research contextualise and theorise practice in relation to, and through critical evaluation of, the work of contemporary practitioners and leading researchers within the discipline develop a comprehensive understanding of methodologies applicable to independent research develop autonomy in practice work within a context that fosters collaborative learning sustain an advanced practice that encompasses the disciplines of writing, discussion and producing practice-based outcomes achieve high-level skills and competencies as a preparation for professional practice and further development in the field of the arts embed your research within the context of the University and utilise the resources offered in the research environment such as staff expertise, symposia and colloquia develop public outcomes outside the University in a range of formats attract students from a diversity of arts contexts and contexts that inform artistic practice, including fine art, history of art, sociology, journalism, English literature, film studies architecture and philosophy attract intellectually able and talented students who are enquiring, open to experimentation, discussion and collaboration as well as able to work independently provide a forward-thinking, dynamic learning environment that responds to the current climate of debate and production in the arts forge an international identity within the field of study through developing partnerships with international universities and non-HEIs support specialism and progression by allowing you to opt for specific routes of study that include Fine Art, Curation and Critical Arts Writing as designators of the final degree award and to be taught together in an interdisciplinary environment. [-]

                      MA Music (Research, Composition or Performance)

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

                      Our taught and research programmes are exciting and innovative, offering you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, ethnomusicologists, theorists, visual artists and curators. During your time with us, you become part of our specialist community, exchanging ideas and developing your own creative and intellectual interests, informed by expert academic staff within the School of Music and Fine Art. [+]

                      Kent is a top 20 research-intensive university. All of our academic schools produce world-class research, and Kent is rated as internationally excellent, leading the way in many fields of study. Sound-Image-Space Research Centre The School of Music and Fine Art is home to the Sound-Image-Space Research Centre which promotes practice-led research underpinned by theory and scholarship within the broad domain of image, sound and the spatial arts. The focus is on new collaborative relationships that generate research outputs through multiple modalities; these include the production of new creative work, performance, publication, and exhibition and curation. Course structure Our taught and research programmes are exciting and innovative, offering you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, ethnomusicologists, theorists, visual artists and curators. During your time with us, you become part of our specialist community, exchanging ideas and developing your own creative and intellectual interests, informed by expert academic staff within the School of Music and Fine Art. You take common modules in research methods and postgraduate study skills, while giving you the opportunity to foster your subject skills in specialist modules. Work is developed through individual enquiry as well as sharing and critiquing ideas through group seminars, designed to provide a forum for debate as well as practical instruction. There will also be significant opportunity for collaborative and interdisciplinary work taking into account other subjects within the School of Music and Fine Art. Modules The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you. MU897 - Specialist Project (60 credits) MU800 - Advanced Audio Skills (30 credits) MU806 - Critical and Historical Perspectives on Music (30 credits) MU802 - Composition Techniques (30 credits) FA803 - Collaborative Project (30 credits) MU530 - Interdisciplinary Project (30 credits) MU621 - Technology in Performance (30 credits) MU898 - Dissertation (60 credits) Teaching and Assessment Assessment is by a range of coursework, including individual projects, skills-based tasks, seminar presentations and written work. Programme aims The programme aims to: enable students to develop an advanced understanding of music theory and practice taking into account developments in scholarship over the past few decades. In achieving this aim, students will focus upon theoretical and/or practice-based research methods and, in all cases, will engage a range of current research practices that address music critically. provide opportunities for students to develop their work through individual enquiry and through sharing and critiquing ideas at group seminars, which will provide a forum for debate as well as instruction. Staff members who have interests and expertise in various areas of music will run these seminars and students will be encouraged to take up related opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work taking into account other subjects at Medway and Canterbury. combine taught and research modules throughout, allowing for the integrated development of generic and subject-specific acumen. More specifically, a Dissertation module will run in parallel with modules in advanced musical skills (musicological or compositional/ technological), specialist project work and option modules. Thus the student will begin to develop their own research expertise while gaining an advanced understanding of wider scholarly insights and skills. To this end, students will be expected to attend research seminars held in the School of Music and Fine Art and will be encouraged to attend and present at postgraduate conferences and study days at the University of Kent and other institutions. Learning outcomes A knowledge and understanding of: key texts, issues and methods in the study and practice of music music in theory and practice with particular reference to research in a specialised area critical approaches to the wider cultural context of music with particular regard for a specialised field. Intellectual skills These include: critically evaluating and analysing musical texts, using specific terminology and employing a range of methodologies dealing with complex issues both systematically and creatively, developing appropriate and innovative solutions developing systematic approaches to independent and reflexive learning so as to develop new skills to an advanced level. Subject-specific skills These include: interrogating and contextualising musical materials in forming coherent work that demonstrates self-direction and originality working on a large-scale project over an extended period of time, drawing on existing skills and developing new ones presenting and disseminating work to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriate terminology. [-]

                      MA Music Technology

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

                      The MA in Music Technology focuses on the use, development and implementation of technology within the wider musical context, exploring issues such as interactivity, audio programming, sound spatialisation and multimedia. [+]

                      Course structure You take common modules in research methods and postgraduate study skills, while giving you the opportunity to foster your subject skills in specialist modules. Work is developed through individual enquiry as well as sharing and critiquing ideas through group seminars, designed to provide a forum for debate as well as practical instruction. There will also be significant opportunity for collaborative and interdisciplinary work taking into account other subjects within the School of Music and Fine Art. Modules The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you. MU800 - Advanced Audio Skills (30 credits) MU803 - Music Technology Project (60 credits) MU802 - Composition Techniques (30 credits) FA803 - Collaborative Project (30 credits) MU530 - Interdisciplinary Project (30 credits) MU621 - Technology in Performance (30 credits) MU898 - Dissertation (60 credits) Teaching and Assessment Assessment is by a range of coursework, including individual projects, skills-based tasks, seminar presentations and written work. Programme aims This programme aims to: focus on the use, development and implementation of technology within the wider musical context provide analysis and also take into account major musical developments over the past few decades provide knowledge and skills in technological and/or practice-based research, in the form of advanced application of music technology ability and outlook give you experience of current research practices in various areas of critical and analytical thinking surrounding music develop your work through individual enquiry, as well as sharing and critiquing ideas through group seminars, designed to provide a forum for debate, as well as practical instruction draw on staff interests and expertise in various areas of music technology and provide significant opportunity for collaborative and interdisciplinary work, taking into account other arts subjects at Medway and Canterbury allow for the combined development of generic and subject-specific acumen: a module in Dissertation and Research Methods, leading to the development of an independent research proposal, will run in parallel with the Programming and Production Techniques modules. Thus you will develop your own advanced use of technology and software within the wider contemporary musical context, including recent histories, key concepts and aesthetics let your technological output live in the real world. To this end, it will be expected that you demonstrate your work in the public domain, send work to postgraduate conferences and help with staging events at the University of Kent. [-]

                      MA Popular Music (Research, Production or Performance)

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

                      Our taught and research programmes are exciting and innovative, offering you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, ethnomusicologists, theorists, visual artists and curators. During your time with us, you become part of our specialist community, exchanging ideas and developing your own creative and intellectual interests, informed by expert academic staff within the School of Music and Fine Art. [+]

                      Kent is a top 20 research-intensive university. All of our academic schools produce world-class research, and Kent is rated as internationally excellent, leading the way in many fields of study. Sound-Image-Space Research Centre The School of Music and Fine Art is home to the Sound-Image-Space Research Centre which promotes practice-led research underpinned by theory and scholarship within the broad domain of image, sound and the spatial arts. The focus is on new collaborative relationships that generate research outputs through multiple modalities; these include the production of new creative work, performance, publication, and exhibition and curation. Course structure The programme is divided into two stages. Stage 1 comprises modules to a total of 120 credits and Stage 2 comprises a 60 credit dissertation module. Students must successfully complete each module in order to be awarded the specified number of credits for that module. One credit corresponds to approximately ten hours of 'learning time' (including all classes and all private study and research). Thus obtaining 180 credits in an academic year requires 1,800 hours of overall learning time. Pathways The programme has three pathways: Research, Production or Performance. Students choose one of these pathways. The three pathways are distinguished in the four ways set out below: A pathway will usually be reinforced by the choice of research area for the Dissertation module. Pathways are primarily distinguished by choices made in the Specialist Project module: Research: Musicological/Ethnomusicological study Production: Production portfolio Performance: Concert The recommended option modules for each pathway creates a further distinction between pathways: Research: Popular and World Music OR Collaborative Project Production: Cinema for the Ears OR Advanced Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Performance: Ensemble Performance OR Technology in Performance The recommended compulsory module choice creates a further distinction between pathways: Research: Critical and Historical Perspectives on Music Production: Advanced Audio Skills Performance: Advanced Audio Skills OR Critical and Historical Perspectives on Music Programme Structure for Part-Time Students In year 1, part-time students study for the Dissertation module and EITHER Critical and Historical Perspectives on Music OR Advanced Audio Skills. In year 2, part-time students study for the Specialist Project module and an option module. Modules Each module is designed to be at a specific level. To be eligible for the award of a masters degree students must obtain 180 credits, at least 150 of which must be Level M. Students who obtain 120 credits, but excluding the dissertation, will be eligible for the award of diploma. Compulsory modules are core to the programme and must be taken by all students studying the programme. Optional modules provide a choice of subject areas, from which students will select a stated number of modules. MU897 - Specialist Project (60 credits) MU800 - Advanced Audio Skills (30 credits) MU806 - Critical and Historical Perspectives on Music (30 credits) MU802 - Composition Techniques (30 credits) FA803 - Collaborative Project (30 credits) MU530 - Interdisciplinary Project (30 credits) MU621 - Technology in Performance (30 credits) MU898 - Dissertation (60 credits) Teaching and Assessment Assessment is by a range of coursework, including individual projects, skills-based tasks, seminar presentations and written work. Programme aims The programme aims to: enable students to develop an advanced understanding of music theory and practice taking into account developments in scholarship over the past few decades. In achieving this aim, students will focus upon theoretical and/or practice-based research methods and, in all cases, will engage a range of current research practices that address music critically. provide opportunities for students to develop their work through individual enquiry and through sharing and critiquing ideas at group seminars, which will provide a forum for debate as well as instruction. Staff members who have interests and expertise in various areas of music will run these seminars and students will be encouraged to take up related opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work taking into account other subjects at Medway and Canterbury. combine taught and research modules throughout, allowing for the integrated development of generic and subject-specific acumen. More specifically, a Dissertation module will run in parallel with modules in advanced musical skills (popular musicological or compositional/ technological), specialist project work and option modules. Thus the student will begin to develop their own research expertise while gaining an advanced understanding of wider scholarly insights and skills. To this end, students will be expected to attend research seminars held in the School of Music and Fine Art and will be encouraged to attend and present at postgraduate conferences and study days at the University of Kent and other institutions. Learning outcomes A knowledge and understanding of: key texts, issues and methods in the study and practice of music, particularly popular music, in theory and practice with special reference to research in a specialised area critical approaches to the wider cultural context of popular music with particular regard for a specialised field Intellectual skills include: critically evaluating and analysing musical texts, using specific terminology and employing a range of methodologies dealing with complex issues both systematically and creatively, developing appropriate and innovative solutions developing systematic approaches to independent and reflexive learning so as to develop new skills to an advanced level Subject-specific skills include: Interrogating and contextualising musical materials, particularly those pertaining to popular music traditions, in forming coherent work that demonstrates self-direction and originality Working on a large-scale project over an extended period of time, drawing on existing skills and developing new ones Presenting and disseminating work to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriate terminology [-]

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