The MA in Contemporary Arts and Music is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University. The other three courses are:
* MA in Composition and Sonic Art
* MA in Contemporary Arts
* MA in Social Sculpture.
These interdisciplinary courses broaden awareness of expanded art practices and cross-disciplinary concerns. They question the boundaries of contemporary art practice and help to develop work which is relevant to contemporary life. A concern for location, context and audience is central. All projects culminate in a public presentation or performance. The courses are unique in their emphasis on creative strategies and innovative reflective practices that students often say have transformed not only their practice but their lives as well.
The MA in Contemporary Arts and Music offers a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies providing an excellent basis for doctoral research and ongoing independent practice. The course has been designed to allow artists and musicians/composers to develop their interests in a vibrant, interdisciplinary context. It encourages students to develop experimental approaches to their work and examines the conceptual and creative role of the artist and musician/composer in 21st century arts practice. Key elements include a focus of the role of site, context and location, together with an examination of the relationship between artist, art work and audience.
The School of Arts has a thriving culture of practice-based PhD research students, linked to our specialist research units. Seventy per cent of these research students began on our MA programmes.
A special feature of our four MA interdisciplinary arts courses is the MA feedback forum, in which students and staff meet to discuss creative practice in a supportive and stimulating environment. You have the opportunity to spend a semester at one of the following institutions: the Bauhaus University in Weimar; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; and the Vilnius Art Academy. You have 24-hour access, 7 days a week, to excellent studios and workshops. The courses are situated in the Richard Hamilton Building on our beautiful Headington Hill site, one and a half miles from Oxford city centre.
* The School of Arts offers a unified hub for the arts in the Richard Hamilton Building, with state-of-the-art technical facilities and 24-hour studio access.
* Innovative cross-disciplinary and socially-engaged creative practices, including internationally-renowned programmes in sonic art and social sculpture.
* A stimulating environment where creative practitioners and writers about the arts and culture work closely together to form specialist research units and interdisciplinary research clusters in areas including the nineteenth century and modernism.
* Research and teaching programmes linked to some of Oxfords leading cultural organisations such as Modern Art Oxford, Oxford Contemporary Music, and events such as the annual OXDOX International Documentary Film Festival.
* Opportunities for international study, with students recently visiting the United States, Europe and Australia.
Full-time: MA: 12 months, PGDip: 9 months
Part-time: MA: 24 months, PGDip: 18 months
MA in Contemporary Arts and Music students take three compulsory modules - Creative Strategies, Research and Development, and Contemporary Practice in Arts and Music - and an appropriate Major Project.
PGDip students take one compulsory module - Creative Strategies, Research and Development, and Contemporary Practice in Arts and Music.
Modules may change from time to time; an indicative list is shown below.
* Creative Strategies is shared by all four MA courses. This module explores methodologies and strategies for generating contemporary and cross-art-form work, sonic art and musical composition, social sculpture and related expanded art practices. You are encouraged to become aware of your working process as a creative practitioner and to understand the influence that certain methodologies and strategies have on the kind of work that you do. Through individual and collaborative practice-based work, staff-led seminars and feedback discussions, attention is focused on how we generate practice-based work. Strategies that encompass the intuitive, spontaneous, interventionist, discursive and analytical are used, individually or in collaboration with others.
* Research and Development provides the opportunity to identify an area of interest as a starting point for investigation and speculation. You will develop project proposals through deliberate, rigorous and sustained research and exploration. The module emphasises practical research processes relevant to your own concerns.
* Contemporary Practice in Art and Music enables you to develop a deeper understanding of your practice through an engagement with exploratory processes. Through a series of workshops and exercises you will be introduced to new possibilities for generating, creating and thinking about contemporary work. Throughout the module, regular group feedback sessions on your emerging ideas enable you to realise how your work communicates your concerns to an audience. By the end of the module you will have developed a body of practical research for presentation. You will also reflect upon this through seminar feedback sessions and by articulating, in a written self-evaluation, the concerns in your evolving practice.
At the end of the course there is an annual degree festival of the MA work. The Major Project is the culmination of your course of study. You can take an active role in organising, marketing and running the festival, which in previous years has taken place at a variety of sites around Oxford, as well as well as exhibition spaces in the School of Arts.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.