Middlesex University

Art and Social Practice

Hendon Campus
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Rank: 98 (TCUG)

Location: Hendon Campus

Website: www.mdx.ac.uk

Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2019/01/10

Duration: -

Intl fees: £12500

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This unique course, the first of its kind in the UK, builds on this country’s significant history of community-based and socially engaged art initiatives addressing social and environmental issues. You will be encouraged to take creative practice beyond the institution to build on your own interests, networks and communities. Creative skills are developed in an effective and targeted way, and grounded in critical understanding and theory.

Why study MA Art and Social Practice at Middlesex University?
Middlesex University hosts some of the UK's most experienced and renowned practitioners with cross-disciplinary experience in the fields of community-based and socially engaged art practice.

The MA Art and Social Practice builds on Middlesex University's historical roots in the progressive Hornsey College of Art, at the forefront of encouraging artists to engage and participate with communities and institutions to positively impact the world around them. It will provide you with a productive environment for debate and critical enquiry across creative disciplines where ideas can be shared and collaborations fostered. Visits to external projects, organisations and events together with virtual interactions with peers from other universities will connect you with others immersed in parallel fields of study to extend your horizons, widen your knowledge and forge connections for the future.

This practice-based course is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the UK specifically designed for cultural practitioners who wish to make a difference by developing their work in an outward-facing way. You will leave the course well-equipped to pursue self-initiated projects and commissions or develop your work through the cultural and community sectors.

Course highlights

  • Experienced practitioner-led teaching.

  • Off-site project work based on your own interests, contacts and communities.

  • A programme of lectures, seminars and external visits to inform and enhance your practice.

  • Studio space for both full and part-time students.

  • State of the art facilities and workshops with contemporary and traditional equipment, archives and a full range of digital tools including software labs, 3D printing and media studios.

  • An active research context with staff specialism in social practice.

  • An university context that supports interdisciplinary working.

  • Access to London's thriving scene of social engagement, cultural activism and urban renewal.

  • International university partnerships offering opportunity for exchange and placements.

  • Collaborative events such as the Art and Social Practice virtual symposia and seminars with University of Highlands and Islands to share work in progress and ideas with peers across institutions.

  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Entry requirements

2:2 (hons degree) or equivalent qualification

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With at least 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 58.0 With at least 51 in all components
TOEFL (iBT) 87.0 With at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading


Entry requirements

2:2 (hons degree) or equivalent qualification

Language qualifications

IELTS (Academic): 6.5
PTE Academic: 58.0
TOEFL (iBT): 87.0

About this university

International students

Around 23% of students are from outside the UK and around 16% are from outside the European Union. This means there are plentiful resources to help students feel at home in their new surroundings as well as information on matters such as immigration and visas. The orientation program is free to all overseas students who register ahead of time. It includes being met at the airport as well as a series of informal workshops and even a British tea party. Go for fish and chip supper as well as shopping trips, all aimed at getting students comfortable with their new surroundings. The student union is the heart of extracurricular activities at the university as well as providing support and advice to its members. It organises the various societies and clubs on offer as well as volunteering and charity organisations, skill building opportunities and social events. It also controls the student run media, which includes a magazine, issued each term, a radio station, TV channel and online blog that showcases student’s work. The union operates The Forum, a social spot where students can meet their friends while the Ricketts Quadrangle is another place to meet up. The Grove Atrium is the arts and fashion section where students can display their creations and meet up with others of similar interests. There are a large number of clubs and societies on offer covering many interests as well as sports, faith and culture groups. There are also hobby groups and those based around an academic subjects while students also have the option to set up their own with a group of like-minded friends.

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