MA Art and Science supports the development of your practice through a project proposal and ongoing evaluation. This is introduced and developed during Unit 1. This helps you to structure and manage your work and to articulate your concerns as they change and develop. Practice is complemented by lectures and seminars. These explore key ideas and critical issues, involving a range of specialist staff.
Unit 1: Enquiry Through Interdisciplinary Practice
Through a series of projects, this unit explores relationships between art and science. You will look at both contemporary and historical subjects and related critical issues. Teaching is also delivered through seminars and lectures. These provide a critical and historical context for your research and practice. They will address different approaches to research methods. In seminars, you will discuss emerging issues in art and science. You will address the contribution of interdisciplinary engagement to public understanding. This focus is complemented by practical workshops and access to places of particular interest.
Unit 2: Independent Project: Developing Interdisciplinary Practice
This unit represents a substantial opportunity to develop your independent project. Your independent project takes the form of an in-depth investigation. This will lead to practical outputs and a research paper or presentation. You will have a supervisor or mentor who will guide the progress of your independent project. Progress is supported through tutorials, critiques with professionals in relevant specialist fields and student-directed group discussions.
Unit 3: Independent Project: Realising Interdisciplinary Practice
In the final unit, you will resolve your independent project. You will implement your research and development to realise a body of work, expressed through practical outputs using appropriate media. You will present this work in the College Degree Show. This will include collaborating with students to prepare the show space and consider curation of works.
In a student-directed presentation or symposium, you will have the opportunity to debate key questions arising from your work. Seminars relating to continuing professional practice will offer guidance for your future development. Tutorials in each unit will also enable you to review progress toward achieving your goals.
Mode of study
MA Art and Science is offered in extended full-time mode which runs for 60 weeks over two academic years. You will be expected to commit 30 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.
The course has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue studies, while also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities.
Credit and award requirements
The course is credit-rated at 180 credits.
On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree).
Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed in order to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the marks for the second and third units.
If you are unable to continue on the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits.