MA in Creative Practice


Program Description

Whether you are progressing from undergraduate studies or you are an established professional with a desire to diversify your practice, our exciting and innovative course will boost your creative portfolio.

The Creative Practice master brings together students and professionals from a variety of disciplines including film, graphic design, illustration, photography, wildlife and adventure media, games design and digital art. So, you will be part of a dynamic and supportive creative community. 

The choice is yours. You can specialise in one area of practice or work on projects, either individually or collaboratively, across multiple media. Our MA will give you the technical, theoretical and applied knowledge to develop the flexible skills needed to forge a career within a constantly shifting cultural landscape.

You will explore creative materials and processes, practice-led research, storytelling techniques and the entrepreneurial skills needed to help you succeed as a confident, forward-thinking practitioner. And, at the end of your course, you will present your final work in our MA Show.

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You Career with a Master's Degree

You'll have the skills and knowledge of a range of visual media disciplines, including Film & Television Production, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Digital Art & Games Design and Wildlife & Adventure Media. This will expand your employability potential and give you vital knowledge to work across mediums.

Our graduates have become commercial artists, gallery curators and have gone to work on Film & TV, fashion and education.

Why choose the University of Cumbria

  • Academic practitioners are experts in their field, have published and/or exhibited nationally and internationally and are involved in practice-led research.
  • Professional development is built into module content - tutors have great industry links (including a Hollywood scriptwriter), which gives you the opportunity to network and make industry contacts.
  • Freedom to experiment and transform your own innovative practices - to develop projects vertically and laterally across and between traditional subject boundaries.
  • Study in professionally-set up workspaces that include Mac and PC computer suites carrying the latest high-specification design and video production software and hardware.
  • Access to studio facilities you will use as a professional, including editing suites, motion capture technology and a television studio with a full lighting rig and multi-camera set-up.
  • Access to all of our workshop areas and technical staff, including printmaking, 3D printing, life-drawing, laser cutting, reprographics, ceramics, woodshop and textiles.
  • Opportunities to showcase your work within a professional context including the final MA show and the New Designers exhibition in London.
  • Links with arts organisations, including the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, opening up opportunities for live projects and collaboration.
  • Excellent resources include a specialist arts library so you can keep up-to-date with contemporary practices and research.

You will study on our dedicated Brampton Road campus - a vibrant arts environment - where you will live and learn with fellow creative students. The site overlooks the river Eden and border city of Carlisle, with Scotland a short distance in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. Add to that the spectacular Solway Coast, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you’ll never be stuck for inspiration.

All you need to bring is a passion for your creative practice, a willingness to share it with others and an enthusiasm to explore your potential and we will prepare you for the next important steps in your career.

Course summary

Our working environment works to cultivate practical and theoretical expertise to help your versatility in creative media. We encourage innovative, lateral approaches to creative practice through a structured timetable of theoretical lectures, practical workshops, student-led seminars, visiting speakers, action-based and experiential research, self-directed and tutorial-based learning.

Cultural and visual discourse is taught at all levels, displaying the important synthesis between theory and creative practice. You'll fully engage in these processes to develop self-awareness and embed skills to advance your professional progression and life-long learning.


Compulsory modules

  • Critical Contexts
  • Materials and Processes
  • Creative Practice
  • Media Narratives
  • Project Proposal and Professional Development
  • MA Project


Entry Requirements

1st or upper 2nd class honours degree (2:1).

Students with equivalent experience/qualifications in a field relevant to the proposed study area may be considered.

Selection criteria

Each application is assessed individually on its own merit and is subject to an interview with a portfolio or showreel (where appropriate).

Resources and facilities

Our Brampton Road campus has a distinguished history as a centre of excellence for creative arts education, thanks to our up to date arts library and industry-standard facilities. These include well equipped Macintosh and PC studios with the latest design and multi-media software, digital video production and editing suites, motion capture technology and a television studio with a full lighting rig and multi-camera set-up.

You will work in close proximity with undergraduate and postgraduate students to allow for cross-discipline exchange, collaboration and further media training. To facilitate and support MACP projects, students have full access to the Audio Visual [AV] technical team.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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