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MA Art and Science

College
CSM
Start date
September 2019
Course length
2 years

Course summary

This pioneering course investigates the creative relationships between art and science and how to communicate them.

With access to important collections in London you’ll explore the making and presentation of your work and pursue innovative outcomes in practice and research, towards professional engagement in art and science authorship and creative practice.

This course is part of the Art Programme.

Great reasons to apply

  • MA Art and Science has been designed to enable you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit an average of 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time
  • Responding to fast-growing interest in interdisciplinary art practice, you’ll learn from and build working relationships with artists, scientists, curators and other professional practitioners engaged in research that investigates art and science
  • You’ll benefit from established links with museums, galleries and institutions - including The Wellcome Trust, Science Museum, British Library, Gordon Museum, Royal Society, Kew Gardens, Arts Catalyst, Tate and CUBE London, among others
  • You’ll attend lectures and participate in seminars that provide a critical context for your research and practical work complemented by workshops and special access to places of particular interest
  • You’ll take part in an exhibition or symposium, bringing together staff and peers as well as professional practitioners and critics
  • Our graduates are attractive to organisations that value creative thinking and the effective communication of ideas. They also have the potential to develop their interest at research degree level.

Open days

Monday, 19 November at 2pm
Monday, 3 December at 2pm
Friday, 28 January at 2pm
Friday, 26 February at 2pm

Scholarships, awards and funding

Jane Rapley Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships:
Home/EU | International

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

Meet the Course Leader, Nathan Cohen

Enterprising Practice: postgraduate breakfast at Degree Show One

Experimental artist and scientist Alice Cazenave talks about her intriguing camera-less photographs made using leaves.

Student work

Art and Science news

Central Saint Martins x Tokyo Tech: Heather Barnett

In 2017, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) invited three Central Saint Martins academics to each undertake a month-long teaching or research residency, in continuation of an institutional dialogue concerning […]

Show One Theme: The Domestic

As Degree Show One: Art draws to a close today, we take a look the themes which have emerged from the diverse range of works on view this year. There […]

Take Five: Julie Light

With Degree Show One: Art now open, we take a closer look at our students’ work and the inspirations behind it. MA Art and Science student Julie Light is interested […]

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Take Five: Hazel Chiang

With Show One: Art now open, we take a closer look at the work of the some of the students and the inspirations behind it. Here MA Art and Science student Hazel […]

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Show One: NOVA Award Nominees Announcement

Today MullenLowe Group has announced the first wave of nominees for this year’s NOVA Awards. With Degree Show season right around the corner and our students about to unveil their […]

Course catalogues


Facilities

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Letterpress

Find out more about our Letterpress workshop

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Printmaking at KX

Find out more about the printmaking facility at Archway

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Digital Media

Find out more about our digital media facility at King's Cross

Course details

Synergies in our Fine Art Programme - incorporating BA Fine Art, MA Art and Science, MA Fine Art, MA Photography, MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, MRes Art: Moving Image, and MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy - create a dynamic context for exploring practices and issues within contemporary culture.

This pioneering postgraduate course responds to a fast-emerging territory for interdisciplinary and collaborative art practice. MA Art and Science gives students an opportunity to interrogate the creative relationships between art and science and how they can be communicated. You'll explore different approaches to making and presenting your work with the aim of proposing and realising innovative outcomes in practice and research.

In its extended full-time mode MA Art and Science gives you the flexibility to access London's richly varied opportunities for work and study while maximising your personal and professional development.

MA Art and Science provides an extensive final unit of 120 credits (45 weeks) enabling continuous development and realisation of a significant programme of work. MA Art and Science supports and is shaped by:

  • Exploration of the approaches of art and science to enquiry - how scientific ideas may inform and provoke the making of art, and how practices in art and science may correspond
  • Development of knowledge of historical and contemporary contexts, practical processes, research methods and writing
  • Learning from, and building, working relationships between artists, medics, mathematicians, anatomists, curators and other professional practitioners engaged in research that investigates art and science
  • Student projects through the use of established links with institutions in London such as the Wellcome Trust, Hunterian Museum, Gordon Museum and Natural History Museum
  • Development of current thinking on art and science towards further research

About this course

  • MA Art & Science lasts 60 weeks structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode.'
  • MA Art & Science is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises two units: Unit One (60 credits) and Unit Two (120 credits).
  • Students successfully achieving Unit One may exit at this point with the award of Postgraduate Certificate.
  • Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from the mark for Unit Two only.

In year one we expect you to commit an average of 40 hours per week. In year two your study is predominantly self-managed but we expect you to commit an average of 20 hours per week. Across the two years, therefore, you're expected to commit an average of 30 hours per week.

Course rationale

Through their work artists and scientists contribute to a greater understanding of what it is to be human and how we relate to the world around us: both require creative insight in their quest for knowledge and the desire to communicate this.

The relationship between art and science continues to expand the boundaries of understanding and invention, challenging our view of the world. The desire of artists to find ways to understand, represent and reinterpret the world in which they live has resulted in investigation into the phenomena of nature, perception and thought, areas of equal importance in the sciences. Scientists have also defined the nature of their research in ways that address questions of how the measurable can be defined, the invisible envisaged, the senses extended, and perceptions tested. Both artists and scientists seek to develop new ways in which the innovative nature of their discoveries can be made comprehensible and communicated.

This MA offers a structured opportunity to investigate the contemporary and historical context of art and science, embracing the spectrum of interaction, endeavour and the making of forms. The course explores how research and production may have implications for discovery and invention across and within both disciplinary fields and how these may relate socially and culturally.

Together with MA Fine Art and MA Photography, MA Art and Science is situated within the Art Programme. Cross programme lectures and regular installs offer the opportunity for cross course engagement.

Course units

The course explores the creative relationships between art and science and how they may be communicated. It offers you the opportunity to investigate how scientific ideas can inform and inspire artistic practice, to question how art can relate to science, and to consider what the inter-relationships between science and studio practice might be, informing the exploration of new approaches to making and presenting your work.

The course emphasises critical investigation through reflective practice, contextual awareness, practical processes, research, analysis and debate that will support and sustain your Independent project (Unit 2). The ability to collaborate and work with other artists and scientists and professional institutions linked with the course is encouraged and supported.

Unit One: What is interdisciplinary practice?

Through a series of projects this unit explores relationships between art and science, both contemporary and historical, and related critical issues.

Running in parallel with these projects are seminars and lectures that provide a critical and historical context for your research and practical work and address different approaches to research methods. Seminars create a forum in which emerging issues in art and science and the contribution of interdisciplinary engagement with public understanding are discussed.

This focus is complemented by practical workshops and access to places of particular interest. Venues include sites of scientific and historical significance where context is important to understanding.

Lectures and workshops focusing on theoretical ideas, discourses and critical positions within contemporary art and science offer engagement across our Postgraduate Art Programme. In exploring the interface between practice and research, lectures and seminars develop your ability to evaluate and progress your practice in relation to external bodies of knowledge while building articulacy in critical discussion and writing, enabling you to develop appropriate research methodologies for your Independent Project (unit two). Lectures and seminars draw on the research expertise and interests of staff across our art programmes as well as external guest speakers.

Project work, encouraged and challenged through regular group discussion and tutorials, informs your Independent Project proposal for unit two. The project proposal incorporates an outline of your proposed research methods and addresses issues of relevance, validity and feasibility

Unit Two: Independent project: Art and Science

The unit’s 45 weeks (15 weeks in Year one; 30 weeks in year two) represent a substantial opportunity to realise your independent project successfully. The project takes the form of an in-depth investigation according to an agreed programme of study leading to practical outputs and a written research paper.

Throughout the independent project you develop the practical aspects of your work and identify and establish access to relevant resources. In addition to the significant sources of knowledge and information you are introduced to we encourage you to develop links with organisations and institutions that will support and inform your particular research and project development. You will have a supervisor or mentor (i.e. Personal Tutor) 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.

In year one, if not fully resolved at the unit one assessment point, your independent project proposal is reconsidered at a progress review tutorial (year one, term three). All project agreements include a commitment to forms of submission and to appropriate mentoring and supervision arrangements. At the end of year one you will take part in the interim show in which you will curate and install an exhibition in a public venue outside of the art school. All aspects of mounting an exhibition will be considered including publicity, curation and collaborative working. The interim show is organised and installed jointly with the MA Fine Art and MA Photography.

In year two you continue to be supported in your independent engagement with the realisation of your project and written work. You will meet for critical debates and tutorial support, and take part in interim presentations of your work discussing progress, challenges and discoveries, and issues of form, audience and presentation. A professional practice lecture series across our art programmes also offers insights into publishing practices, intellectual property, funding sources and other areas. The unit culminates with the degree show in which you will present your work in the context of your developing professionalism,  and consider curation and placement of works.

A summer term student directed presentation or symposium challenges you to debate key questions arising from your work.

Further reading about this course

MA Art and Science Research Students (PDF 983)

Industry collaborations

While each year will provide different opportunities for our students, this year we have visited and participated in projects with:

Staff

Nathan  Cohen

Nathan Cohen

Course Leader, MA Art and Science.

Heather  Barnett

Heather Barnett

Pathway Leader, MA Art and Science

Adrian  Holme

Adrian Holme

Fine Art Programme; Lecturer, MA Art and Science

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

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

*          An honours degree OR

*          An equivalent EU / international qualification.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. 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

*          OR a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English Language requirements webpage).

Selection criteria

We select applicants according to potential and current ability in the following areas:

  • The quality of your practice
  • The appropriateness of your skills, experience and practice to the area of interest identified for development in the course
  • Effective communication of intentions, purposes and issues
  • The level of contextual awareness and expression of perspective
  • The potential for realisation of the stated objectives within the timeframe of the course and envisaged resources
  • Evidence that you have the confidence and ability to benefit from and contribute to the learning environment at postgraduate level.

What we are looking for

We are seeking imaginative, resourceful individuals who are committed to exploring art in relation to science.

Making your application

For EU applicants concerned about Brexit, please see our dedicated page: Brexit Information for Students.

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.

Start your application now

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

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

General information

Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (between 300-500 words) and should include:

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

Indicative Project Proposal

The indicative proposal should demonstrate your understanding of contemporary art practice and thinking. The course sets no boundaries to the fields of possible interest, and it is understood that proposals will evolve and change during the course.  (Write between 800 - 1000 words).

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

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by the end of May to avoid disappointment.   We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

There are two ways international students can apply:

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

If you are applying directly you click 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.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

Start your application now

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

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

General information

Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (between 300-500 words) and should include:

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

Indicative Project Proposal

The indicative proposal should demonstrate your understanding of contemporary art practice and thinking. The course sets no boundaries to the fields of possible interest, and it is understood that proposals will evolve and change during the course.  (Write between 800 - 1000 words).

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 of the information above.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by the end of May to avoid disappointment.   We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.


After you apply

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 or book an audition, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

What happens next

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.  If you do, you will be invited to submit a portfolio through your UAL Portal.

Portfolio

You will be required to submit online a digital portfolio containing up to 20 pages of your work which should contain selected images/documentation of your work/research evidencing your current creative practice. Those working in film and video can upload a compilation film lasting no more than ten minutes.  Following the review of the portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process.  These applicants will be invited to an interview.

Interview

The interview typically lasts approximately 30 minutes and we normally interview by skype. The interview is used to evaluate the extent to which a candidate demonstrates:

  • A thoughtful and responsible approach to practice
  • The capacity for independent research
  • Appropriate critical and reflective abilities
  • An awareness of the cultural and social context within which they practice
  • Appropriate communication skills
  • A preparedness to participate collaboratively in debate, practice and presentation.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £5,000 per year.

ELQ

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use this register your interest form.

International fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £12,430 per year.

Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

Our Postgraduate Art Programme offers valuable opportunities to build transferable professional knowledge and skills. The exchange of perspectives with others through shared units, reading groups and debates helps establish stimulating and productive networks.

The focus on proposing and developing a major independent programme of study is supported by a shared professional practice lecture series featuring guest speakers plus opportunities to attend symposia and critique work in progress across subject areas. The Postgraduate Art Programme has wide-ranging links with professional organisations, collections and galleries, and includes opportunities for interaction and networking according to your personal career direction.

MA Art and Science graduates will be able to enhance communications and creative exchange between areas of art and the sciences, participate effectively in creative projects with an interdisciplinary perspective, work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, and exercise initiative and personal responsibility in advancing research skills and subject knowledge as well as in managing their career or further studies. With these attributes and the abilities that underpin them, MA Art and Science graduates will be attractive to organisations that value creative thinking and the effective communication of ideas. They'll also have the potential to develop their interest at research degree level.

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