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Location: Main Site
Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2019/09/16
Duration: 12 months
Intl fees: £12500
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Looking to further your career within the creative industries? Solent’s innovative and transmedia MA Critical Creative Practice programme focuses on individual student-centred learning and encourages critical creative practice across the creative spectrum, including art, design, fashion, photography, media arts and technology, helping to enhance employability and leaving you well-prepared to progress within your chosen creative field. Taught by both creative industry professionals and academic practitioners, the course enables students to develop ideas and engage with the emerging material and digital cultures of the future, as well as the fast-changing demands of the creative industries and the associated changes to cultural production, consumption and interpretation. The course structure is theory and practice based. The theoretical element consists of critical core units which reference visual culture, cultural theory, critical theory, art and design history, media culture, and material and digital culture. The interdisciplinary practice element relates to creative practice in the fields of art, design, fashion, photography, media arts and technology. The integration of theory and practice is central to the course and learning is carefully structured through these interdependent units to develop a broad base of interrelated experiences, whilst also providing the opportunity to specialise through the professional practice unit and the choice of final dissertation or final project. Students will also have the opportunity to take optional technician-supported introductory workshops which could include contemporary arts practice, photography, new media practice, 3D printing and laser cutting, material manipulation, performance, beauty and the body, film editing, and sound and image production. To complement their studies, students may be able to take part in international and European study exchange opportunities through the University's study abroad programmes. The unique approach of this course can enhance employability, enabling students to progress into the workplace equipped with valuable critical thinking and practice-based skills required for working in the creative industries and forming innovative hybrid engagements.
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Applicants should normally hold an Honours degree at 2.2 or higher in a relevant discipline. Interview, portfolio (if practice based) and the submission of a written personal statement outlining proposed practice will be required. Non-resident UK applicants will be interviewed via skype or telephone. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in other components) or equivalent.
IELTS: 6.0 (no component score below 5.5)
Notice: This is the default IELTS grade for Southampton Solent University.
About this university
Students travelling from outside the UK can start the process with the universityâ€™s website, which provides specific information by country for application as well as about visas and immigration. There is also the International Support team, on hand to help students adjust to their new home. There are English language programs for those seeking to learn or better their skills in the language as well as a first week course that helps them come to terms with their new home. This covers daily matters such as finding a doctor, a bank account and even getting part time work between studies if required. The Student Union is at the heart of activities outside the classroom at the university as well as providing support, advice and representation for its members. It is also responsible for the organisation of the various sports clubs and societies to occupy students outside the classroom. The union runs a Student Advice Centre on the campus offering free and confidential advice to students as well as a shop and other services. It operates a licensed bar as well as catering outlets in the residence halls and the annual social events including the Graduation Ball and Summer Festival. Student run media is also based in the building including a radio and TV station, all under the umbrella of Sonar Media. The clubs and societies cover all interests from sports to student media, volunteering and interest societies. The student yachting team at the university is of note, being previous world champions in their sport. Additionally, the university is one of the few to allow students to offer the Duke of Edinburgh award alongside their studies.