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Postgraduate

MA Art and Science

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Image courtesy of UAL,
College
Central Saint Martins
Start date
September 2022
Course length
Two years (60 weeks)
Extended full-time

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

You will explore the making and presentation of your work and pursue innovative outcomes in practice and research. This course is part of the Art programme.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

Open days

There are currently no open days scheduled for this course, please check back at a later date.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Meet the Course Leader, Nathan Cohen

Degree Show 2019: Shannon Bono

Degree Show 2017: Maria Macc

Enterprising Practice: postgraduate breakfast at Degree Show One

Graduate Showcase

Explore work by our recent students on the UAL Graduate Showcase

  • Aether
    Aether, Anna Linnea Strøe, 2021 MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • WHO TALKS TO WHOM
    WHO TALKS TO WHOM, HAORAN YE, 2021 MA Art And Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • The Wasteland
    The Wasteland, Noa Rodríguez Méndez, 2021 MA Art And Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • BioCyan
    BioCyan, Martha Gray, 2021 MA Art And Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • We Are All Carbon
    We Are All Carbon, Molly MacLeod, 2021 MA Art And Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Endlessness Dream
    Endlessness Dream, Kaini Zhang, 2021 MA Art And Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • DART
    DART, Steffi Callaghan, 2021 MA Art And Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Breathscape Video Installation
    Breathscape Video Installation, Holly Hewitt, 2021 MA Art And Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Fish Tank
    Fish Tank, Yang Liu, 2021 MA Art And Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Interconnections: Riding a Pale White Sky
    Interconnections: Riding a Pale White Sky, Ray Bass, 2021 MA Art And Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL

Course publications

MA Art and Science stories

  • Central Saint Martins Shows 2022
    Central Saint Martins Shows 2022 (photo: Martim Miguel)

    Central Saint Martins Shows 2022

    After two years without end-of-year shows at the College, we opened our doors to celebrate the people and place that make up our community.

  • Shortlist for MullenLowe NOVA Awards 2022
    Chloe Kang, MA Industrial Design

    Shortlist for MullenLowe NOVA Awards 2022

    We are delighted to share the shortlist for this year's MullenLowe NOVA Awards that ranges from the futures of food to the experiences of diaspora.

  • Maison/0 This Earth 2022
    Min Zhang, MA Fine Art

    Maison/0 This Earth 2022

    Now in its second year, the Maison/0 This Earth Award celebrates the power of artistic practice to advocate for nature.

  • Nominations for MullenLowe NOVA Awards 2022 announced
    Fran Hayes, BA Fine Art

    Nominations for MullenLowe NOVA Awards 2022 announced

    As we prepare to open our doors to celebrate our graduating students in Central Saint Martins Shows, we can share the nominations for this year's MullenLowe NOVA Awards for Fresh Creative Talent.

Facilities

Course overview

MA Art and Science explores the creative relationships between art and science. It examines how they may be communicated through an evolving interdisciplinary practice. On this course, you will investigate new approaches to making and presenting work and ideas that reflect laboratory processess and practices driven by curiosity and research. 

The relationship between art and science expands the boundaries of understanding and invention. It challenges our view of the world. Through their work, artists and scientists contribute to a greater understanding of life in the age of the Anthropocene and how we relate to the world around us. Both require creative insight in their quest for knowledge. They focus on developing new ways in which the innovative nature of their discoveries can be communicated and understood. 

On MA Art and Science, you will explore ways to understand, represent and reinterpret the world. You will question how the measurable can be defined; the invisible envisaged; the senses extended, and perceptions tested. The course structure allows you to investigate the contemporary and historical context of art and science. It embraces the spectrum of interaction, endeavour and the making of forms. You will explore how research and production can have implications for discovery and invention across disciplinary fields.  

The course emphasises critical investigation. The curriculum encompasses reflective practice, contextual awareness, practical processes, research, analysis and debate. These will support you as you develop an independent project. You will be encouraged to co-operate and correspond with artists, scientists and professional institutions, and you will be encouraged to develop a professional network which supports your practice.  

MA Art and Science is situated within the Art programme at Central Saint Martins alongside MA Fine Art and MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies. Lectures and presentations of your work offer opportunities for cross-course engagement. Additionally, shows and opportunities for public engagement are supported at interim stages and at the completion of the course.

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Course dates

Autumn term
Monday 26 September 2022 – Friday 9 December 2022
Spring term
Monday 9 January 2023 – Friday 17 March 2023

Summer term
Monday 17 April 2023 – Friday 23 June 2023

Course units

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. Year 1 is more intensively taught, including introductions to workshops. Year 2 continues with a combination of taught and more independent study as you realise your research and practice.

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 introduction to places relevant to art and science research.

Unit 2: Independent Project: Developing Interdisciplinary Practice

This unit represents a substantial opportunity to develop your independent project that takes the form of an in-depth investigation leading to practical outputs and a research paper (with optional presentation). 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, seminars and student-directed group discussions.

Unit 3: Independent Project: Realising Interdisciplinary Practice

In the final unit, you will resolve your independent project. 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.

You will implement your research and development to create a body of work, expressed through practical outputs using appropriate media. This work is for presentation or show in a format that is appropriate for public dissemination. This includes the possibility of collaborating with students or others to prepare and curate your work. In a student-directed presentation or symposium, you will also have the opportunity to debate key questions arising from your work.

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. Year 1 is more intensively taught, including introductions to workshops. Year 2 continues with a combination of taught and more independent study as you realise your research and practice.

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.

Learning and teaching methods

During your course you will engage with learning and teaching that includes both online and face-to-face modes. Typically, this will include:

  • Blended delivery; a combination of on-campus and on-line delivery
  • Briefing materials, published guidance and meetings
  • Inductions and technical workshops 
  • Lectures and guest speakers 
  • Independent project proposal document 
  • Collaborative project opportunities 
  • Personal and group tutorials 
  • Seminars and symposium 
  • Presentations and sharing events
  • Recommended reading and viewing 
  • Independent study  
  • Critiques and peer evaluations 
  • Self-critical evaluation 
  • Assessment feedback. 

Assessment methods

  • Research and preparatory work 
  • Independent project proposal 
  • Outputs from group project work and assignments 
  • Documentation of work 
  • Verbal and visual presentations 
  • Written work 
  • Participation in activities and debate 
  • Self-critical evaluation 
  • Realisation or advanced development of an independent project

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree 
  • Or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

AP(E)L – 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 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 
  • Ability to devise and develop a self-directed programme of study 
  • The ability to develop and contextualise work in written form 
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate in both visual and oral terms 
  • Eagerness to 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

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.

Deferred entry

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

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Central Saint Martins, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and unit transcripts.

You will need to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed

Start your application now

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, preferred 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 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 add csm.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.  Also consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

There are two ways international students can apply:

You can only apply to the same course once per year.

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.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Central Saint Martins, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and unit transcripts.

You will need to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Deferred entry

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

Visas

Read our visit our immigration and visa advice page to find out whether you need a visa to study.

Start your application now

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, preferred 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 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 add csm.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL Also consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. 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.  If you do, you will be invited to submit a portfolio through your UAL Portal.

Digital portfolio

You will be required to submit online a digital portfolio containing up to 15 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.

For more portfolio advice please visit our portfolio advice page.

Interview

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 online interview.  The interview typically lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes.  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 and funding

Home fee

£6,045 per year

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 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 nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£15,165 per year

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 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.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

Scholarship search

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.