MA/Postgraduate Diploma
Art, Media and Design by Project

* Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2014 intake. Applications for 2015 should be made from 01 September 2014. *

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About this course

  • Entry year: 2014/15
  • Course code: W12612
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Department: Creative Industries
  • Campus: Bower Ashton
  • Duration: MA 18 months full-time, 36 months part-time. Postgraduate Diploma 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
  • Delivery: Part-time, Full-time
  • Programme leader: Rachael Miles


This is a taught course designed for students wishing to negotiate a personal programme of study based on the creative and contextual development of their own practice. It teaches a range of research skills and helps you to apply them to the development of your work. Named pathways enable you to work within the disciplines of Fine Art, Media or Design practice.

The course is specially designed for prospective students who recognise critical, contextual knowledge and understanding as fundamental to the further development of their creative practice. The basic pattern of study is common to all research pathways and students share seminars, tutorials, lectures and presentations.



The course is made up of five modules.

1 Introduction to Practice as Research - 30 credits
This module encourages you to critically analyse your existing practice and develop strategies for the future development of your work.  You are required to complete a set of assignments that will assist you in identifying a contextual framework for your practice.

2 Option module - 30 credits
At this stage in the course you are able to take one of a series of option modules, each of which have specific sets of concerns related to the practice and theory of art, media and design.

The options are:

Research Methodologies
Enterprise in the Creative Industries
Research Methods

3 Research Practice 1 - 30 credits
During this stage you are expected to produce a substantial body of work together with an evaluation relating to your personally negotiated aims and objectives. It is anticipated that you will bring at least one substantial piece of work to a satisfactory conclusion, which will culminate in a final group presentation of work.

4 Art, Media and Design Practice in a Professional Context - 30 credits
The emphasis of this module is to explore possibilities outside of the institution and to participate in a placement, collaboration or work experience situation to gain knowledge and understanding of the professional arena.

5 Research Practice 2 - 60 credits
During this module you continue to develop your practice according to the aims and objectives established with your personal tutor at the start of the course. Final assessment comprises an exhibition of practical work together with a critical evaluation of the themes, issues and artists that have contributed to the development of that work. You will also attend the taught sessions of Tools and Techniques, a module designed for first year PhD students aimed at developing the necessary skills, tools and techniques to successfully complete a body of research work leading to their professional assessment. It also provides opportunities to meet and work with a cohort of research degree level students.

Learning and Teaching

You are taught through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

This programme will enable you to:

  • negotiate a programme of study at Master's level focusing on the reflective development of your own creative work;
  • establish a high level of originality, innovation and creative independence in the realisation and evaluation of your work;
  • work within a diverse and stimulating community of postgraduate research students and staff;
  • develop knowledge and understanding of research methods and your application to the chosen field of study;
  • prepare either for a career in your chosen field or for further research at PhD level.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.


The course will be assessed by a combination of practical and written work at the end of each term.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Special Features

Study facilities

The course is taught at Bower Ashton Campus which provides tutorial space and viewing facilities. You also have access to the School's Media Centre, EPI Centre, 3D Centre, Print Centre and library.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer

Careers/further study


FeeCost (£) / per year
Full-time home / EU5,150
Part-time home / EU (per 15 credits)429
Full-time offshore10,750
Part-time offshore (per 15 credits)896
Full-time International10,750
Part-time International (per 15 credits)896
Full-time International (per 15 credits)896

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.


Joining instructions

For students starting this course in September 2014, view your joining instructions. For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Entry requirements

We are looking for highly motivated creative students from a range of art, media and design backgrounds. Usually applicants will have an honours degree in the Visual Arts but those with other academic qualifications or professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

Candidates are usually invited to interview at which point they will be expected to present a portfolio or show reel of their work together with a synopsis of their proposed project.

For further information

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