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MRes Creative Computing

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Electronics prototyping at the UAL Creative Computing Institute. - Credit: Photo: Ana Escobar
College
UAL Creative Computing Institute
Start date
September 2021
Course length
1 year (45 Weeks)

The MRes Creative Computing will give you a material understanding of computational technologies in the context of creative computing research.

This course in delivered by an incredible team of researchers from across the institute, sign up for an online open day to hear more.

Why choose this course at UAL Creative Computing Institute

  • High-quality research informed teaching: the course is significantly informed by the research themes of the UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI)
  • Critical engagement with technology: engagement with creative practice will also build your ability to self-reflect and think critically about your role in shaping the world
  • Institute Environment:  you will have access to purpose-built facilities and technical support, and exposure to creative computing research

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Course overview

You will be introduced to innovative research methods, the knowledge domain of creative computing and research design in an interdisciplinary context.

The course specifically supports progression to MPhill/PhD both within the Creative Computing Institute and elsewhere. It is a good fit for someone looking to develop a research career in academia or industry. And for someone who wants to know how research is carried out in the interdisciplinary domain of creative computing.

As a student at the UAL Creative Computing Institute you will study in a specialist and research rich environment.

The Institute provides dedicated technical resources and access to an Institute wide lecture programme and further opportunities to engage with Institute researchers and practitioners through additional events, seminars and workshops.

By studying at the UAL Creative Computing Institute, you will join at network of creative researchers excited by the potential of computational technologies.

As an MRes student you will engage with the following core Creative Computing Institute research themes:

Creativity, Machine Learning and AI

Explores how a foundational technology of the 21st century can be used in creative ways and examines how people will act with such technologies in deploying their personal and collective creativity.

Human Computer Interaction

Explores how we behave with emerging technologies and what they will mean for products, services and culture

Platforms, Big Data and Digital Citizenship

Explores how the huge amount of data aggregated to the key platforms of our time can be understood, explored and contribute to a public discourse of a globalised and networked society.

Course units

Methods 1: Creative Computing Research Methods (20 Credits)

This unit introduces interdisciplinary methods for creative computing research. You will look at qualitative and quantitative methods including those from the fields of computer science and participatory design.

Methods 2: Domain Knowledge and Creative Computing (20 Credits)

An introduction to the key domains of knowledge at play in creative computing research. You will develop a literature review based on concepts developed in this unit.

Creative Coding for Research (20 credits)

A practical unit that develops key coding skills to support creative computing research and contains applied project work. You will be introduced to key tools and frameworks with which to undertake computing research.

Methods 3: Computational Research Ethics (20 Credits)

This unit looks at the key research methods for creative computing specifically including defined approaches to working with people and technology.

You will:

  • Be introduced to applied ethical frameworks for undertaking creative computing research
  • Develop a method statement and ethical evaluation for a proposed research project

Research Design and Experimental Data in Creative Computing (20 credits)

This unit will introduce you to innovative approaches to generating research data developed by Institute researchers.

You will:

  • Practically explore machine learning and creative AI in the context of creative computing research
  • Specifically explore research design with experimental data and tools

Research Project (80 credits)

You will undertake self-directed research project which will be submitted as a draft academic paper, a formal PhD proposal or a creative presentation of research with an accompanying thesis.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Studio/lab-based practice and masterclasses
  • Project work
  • Technical Tuition
  • Collaborative problem-solving and group work
  • Independent Study

Assessment methods

  • Project portfolio comprising of technical prototypes and presentations
  • Essays and reports
  • Exams

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

An applicant will normally be considered for admission if they have achieved an educational level equivalent to an honours degree in either the broad fields of:

  • Computer science
  • Science and technology studies
  • Data science
  • Computing
  • A joint computer sciences and arts/humanities degree, or a closely related subject

Or, from a creative discipline with substantial computational practice such as:

  • Interaction Design
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Web Design / Development
  • Games Design / Development
  • Communication Design
  • Digital Design
  • Product Design

Educational level may be demonstrated by:

Honours degree (named above).

Possession of equivalent qualifications in a design-related or creative discipline.

Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency.

Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

Applicants without the required qualifications, but with professional experience may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the AP(E)L system.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

  • IELTS level 7.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English Language requirements webpage)

Selection criteria

  • Sufficient prior knowledge and experience of and/or potential in a specialist subject area to be able to successfully complete the programme of study and have an academic or professional background in a relevant subject.
  • A willingness to work as a team player
  • Good language skills in reading, writing and speaking
  • The ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject area and capacity for diverse research-led study at the intersection of computing and practice-based research

We welcome non-standard applications from diverse applicants and subject fields and applications that make a strong case for how the course could be applied to the ambitions of the applicant in the pursuit of innovative approaches to research using computing.

Making your application

You should apply by clicking on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form

MRes Creative Computing Full-time Year 1 - start your application now

Deferred entry

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Required information for postgraduate course applications

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • CV (see below)
  • Personal statement (see below)

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.

Personal statement advice

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on MRes Creative Computing. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, and a well-articulated rationale for joining the course.

The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the course team that you are interested in the subject and that you have thought very carefully about why you wish to study on the course.

Ensure that your personal statement it is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the course team by showing a strong interest in the subject, demonstrating what you feel you would bring to the course, your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future.

This can be demonstrated through work experience, previous studies and your personal experience.

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

There are two ways international students can apply:

  • One of our official representatives in your country
  • A direct application.

MRes Creative Computing Full-time Year 1 - start your application now

If you are applying directly you click on the link to the direct form above. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Deferred entry

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Required information for postgraduate course applications

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • CV (see below)
  • Personal statement (see below)

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.

Personal statement advice

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on MRes Creative Computing. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, and a well-articulated rationale for joining the course.

The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the course team that you are interested in the subject and that you have thought very carefully about why you wish to study on the course.

Ensure that your personal statement it is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the course team by showing a strong interest in the subject, demonstrating what you feel you would bring to the course, your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future.

This can be demonstrated through work experience, previous studies and your personal experience.

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  If you do not complete the check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all the information above.

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.


After you apply

What happens next

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Portal.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£11,220 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

International fee

£22,920 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

International fees are currently charged to students from countries outside of the UK. However, the rules are complex and more information can be found on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

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Careers and alumni

Career paths

Graduates will be well placed to work in the following areas:

  • Technology Research
  • Academic Research
  • Creative AI
  • Creative Technology
  • User Research and Testing
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Research Software Development
  • Digital Product Development