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Postgraduate

MA Creative Transcultural Practices

© Global Art student exchange project 2019 between TUA, BAP, and CSM

College
Central Saint Martins
Start date
January 2022
Course length
Part-time 2 years (90 weeks)

Preparing you for future careers where transcultural collaboration is essential.

Please note that this course is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which the university develops new courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

If you have a question about this course, please email study@csm.arts.ac.uk.

Global themes are best understood and acted on from multiple cultural and disciplinary perspectives. This course encourages the sharing of these perspectives to develop your agency as an artist and cultural producer.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

  • Future-oriented: This course prepares you for global creative and cultural sectors increasingly reliant on communication, co-operation, debate and idea exchange
  • Transformative: Our student-centred curriculum enables you to balance your own research needs and focus on process – not product – as a route to change.
  • Flexible and interactive online learning: This course is designed for an international community of students, with real time and asynchronous learning supporting work across different time zones.
  • International co-operation: As a student on this course, you will be supported by UAL’s participation in Shared Campus. This global partnership represents a new approach to international exchange that forefronts co-created learning through transcultural co-operation.

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Course overview

This course prepares the next generation of creative practitioners for future careers where transcultural collaboration and the communing of knowledge is essential. MA Creative Transcultural Practices enables you to develop your enterprise, activism and leadership within your chosen field while engaging fully with emerging global priorities affecting the urgency for change.

MA Creative Transcultural Practices is for graduates with established creative practices. The course encourages you to develop inquiry in – and between – cultural perspectives. It offers you structured opportunities to encounter and debate transcultural dynamics so that you are prepared for cultural exchange and co-operation. 

The course explores the following themes: Cultures, Histories and Futures; Social Transformation; Critical Ecologies; Pop Cultures; and Creative Technologies. This course is structured to facilitate international practice and co-operation within communities of interest, some of which is connected through Shared Campus activities. Shared Campus is an international network of specialist art and design universities established to overcome barriers to cultural exchange. 

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Course units

Studying this course embeds transcultural awareness as a basic stance and transcultural collaboration as its fundamental practice.

The course is structured in three sections. Units 1, 2 and 3 challenge you to initiate discoveries for yourself, deconstruct existing interpretation and explore ethics from applied perspectives. Units 4 to 8 focus on reflection and reflective encounters that support engagement with transcultural educational platforms, such as Shared Campus. Unit 9 and 10 prioritise processes and strategies for both making and impact.

The course is offered in part-time mode and units are structured to allow you to manage your curriculum engagement alongside independent practice. The intention is to encourage you to simultaneously connect learning from across the curriculum and develop holistic approaches for your future needs.

Unit 1: Foraging 

Foraging is a branch of behavioural ecology that references searching and discovery specific to time and place. This unit is the starting point for making without a studio space. This unit is primarily taught through seminars and workshops supporting student-led enquiry.

Unit 2: Consideration

The primary concern for this unit is ethical practice and intention. The premise is thoughtfulness, care, reflection and analysis; thinking related to ethics. The intention is that you generate theory for testing through applied methods. The unit is introduced through a series of interactive lectures, seminars, and reading groups. Habits and practices formed here will resurface throughout the course.

Unit 3: Stuff of Cultures

This unit asks you to reappraise your own situation as a maker and producer. It begins with the exchange of material. Using shared materials, and without relying on a workshop or studio, the unit invites you to deconstruct context and its relevance. This unit promotes a sense of mutual understanding and empathy; sharing the co-ordinates of one’s own cultural environment provides triggers and promotes curiosity in others.

Unit 4: Failure and Resistance

In this unit you learn from the exploration of unfamiliar tactics and practices of making; the focus is on process not product. As such, the brief is to initiate and to expand into unfamiliar and untested areas. Activity is focused on the individual, supported through group tutorials and demonstration workshops.

Elective Units (Unit 5: Collaboration and Co-operation, Unit 6: Analysis and Insights and Unit 7: Making and Production) 

These units combine reflective practice and self-analysis with tutor-led sessions. You will gather experience and evidence of learning from independent inquiry and from engagement with international communities of practice such as Shared Campus.

Unit 8: Collective Memory

Consideration of collective memory extends over much of the course. This unit, and its assessment, frames the relevance of collective memory in relation to storytelling and the authentication of knowledge through inter-relational aesthetics. Teaching on this unit is focused on group work and storytelling in rich media.

Unit 9: Putting it into the World

Experiences from all the other units contribute to this moment of production and making. The priority is for you to make a transformation of practice into a public context.

Unit 10: Strategy and Dynamics

The final major project is forward-looking and propositional. In this unit you may be pursuing independent projects but will still be working closely with your peers through collective discussion and review. Your final project consolidates the transcultural base of the course and you should aim to maintain the network and relationships developed through your studies.

Mode of study

MA Creative Transcultural Practices is offered online (distance learning with low-residency intensive sprints) in part-time mode over 90 weeks covering 22 months. You will be expected to commit 19 hours per week, which includes teaching time and independent study. There are pre-registration induction workshops and sessions that gradually introduce the course community and networks.

The course is for an international community of students. The online mode works successfully across the world’s time zones by carefully timing synchronous sessions and resources and supporting with asynchronous materials. Intensive periods of residential and online workshops are staged at regular points as moments for community building and consolidating learning. 

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 UK Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. 

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

Most teaching and peer-to-peer collaboration takes place through digital platforms making use of open source or Shared Campus resources. There are options for campus-based teaching at multiple locations and for place-based intensive workshops or residencies that connect learners physically and digitally.

  • Intensive sprints and workshops
  • Self and peer critical evaluation 
  • Open forums and online symposia
  • Reflective journals
  • Independent learning
  • Team projects
  • Lectures and guest speakers (live and asynchronous)
  • Personal and peer tutorials

Assessment methods

Assessment is focused on reflection and process-based learning. As such, you will be required to maintain a detailed portfolio of evidence. There are regular moments for self-assessment and peer-to-peer evaluations and these will contribute to the evidence used for assessment. Assessment evidence includes:

  • Reflective journals 
  • Documentation and presentations
  • Word/image essays
  • Self and peer evaluation
  • Participation in debates and discussions
  • Realisation and communication of an individual programme of practice

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

The course aims to recruit post-experience candidates who have graduate-level qualifications.

Applicants are likely to come from disciplines such as performance, theatre, installation art, video and time-based media, areas of design practice, the humanities, social sciences, anthropology, or from other areas of interdisciplinary creative practice.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applications are welcomed from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. 

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process helps applicants to make use of their work and life experiences so that they can count for entry onto the course and could lead to exemptions from specific credit blocks (units). There are two forms of APL that may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

The course team will consider each application on the basis of their evidence demonstrating strengths, competencies and achievement. Evidence might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • A portfolio of creative practice or other experience
  • A portfolio of short course completions
  • 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 it is not possible to guarantee an offer in each case. Assessment, through APL, for advanced credit does incur a fee. In relation to APEL for credit, it is possible to request more than one portfolio assessment, in multiples of 20 credits, through the use of the elective units that are listed in the course and, therefore, apply for advanced entry onto the course, up to 60 credits.

English language requirements

IELTS level 7 or above, with at least 6 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:

  • Prior experience and achievement
  • Prior educational experience and achievement
  • Motivation and fit with the course aims
  • Capacity for independence in learning
  • Awareness of the cultural and social context in which the candidate might practice
  • Appropriate communication skills and a preparedness to support others in the learning community

Selection is based on evidence demonstrated through, for example:

  • Evidence of experience or achievement in a relevant field (portfolio, interview, endorsements)
  • Personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims of MA Creative Transcultural Practice (Personal Statement/Interview)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and appropriate abilities in presentation. (Personal Statement/ CV and interview)
  • Good level of computer literacy and access to computing equipment. (CV and interview)
  • Educational certificates or transcripts or endorsements (CV or portfolio)

Although applicants will be expected to be computer and social-media literate, the course is not designed to teach students how to use a computer. There is some blended learning and online delivery. Applicants will need to be able to have access to: 

  • A recent computer with an up-to-date operating system and web browser
  • A reliable, fast broadband connection (slow internet connection can affect the learner experience, especially during a live session in a virtual classroom)
  • Webcam, microphone and headphones

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

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

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, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal Statement

Please submit a short statement in support of your application to the course. We are looking for information that demonstrates the relevance of the course to you in your current situation and your readiness to embrace postgraduate transcultural learning.  As a rough guide, please provide up to 700 words. Your personal statement should reflect on:

  • Your readiness to engage with self-directed learning and that you are able to learn from experiences (trial and error)
  • Your capacity for independence in learning and your motivation to support others in the learning community
  • Your awareness of cultural and social contexts with relevance to your practice
  • Your awareness and competence with online platforms and digital software

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

19 November 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:

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.

Deferred entry

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

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, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal statement

Please submit a short statement in support of your application to the course. We are looking for information that demonstrates the relevance of the course to you in your current situation and your readiness to embrace postgraduate transcultural learning.  As a rough guide, please provide up to 700 words. Your personal statement should reflect on:

  • Your readiness to engage with self-directed learning and that you are able to learn from experiences (trial and error)
  • Your capacity for independence in learning and your motivation to support others in the learning community
  • Your awareness of cultural and social contexts with relevance to your practice
  • Your awareness and competence with online platforms and digital software

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

19 November 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.  If you do, you will be invited to submit a portfolio through the UAL Portal.

Portfolio

Following the submission of your application we will invite you to upload an edited online portfolio of, for example, image, film, audio, documentation.  You can upload up to 10 pages or documents using Pebble Pad. This could cover between 1 and 10 examples of practice and can include written accounts as well as visual material.

  • Where appropriate, include short annotations and notes to give context for the work
  • If you have worked on any group projects or collaborations you may want to explain your role.
  • In many instances, it’s helpful to indicate the scale of the work and the media used.

The only files that can be uploaded as part of the portfolio are:

  • Images: bmp, gif, jpg, jpeg, png
  • Audio: mp3, mp4, ogg, wav, wma
  • Video: avi, mp4, mpg, mpeg, mkv, mov, wmv

Portfolio advice

When selecting work, documentation or evidence for inclusion in your portfolio, please think about how the work was made, the context for making and who else was involved. This may be information best describe through written annotations. Alternatively, you may find it more effective to submit two or three pieces of evidence to demonstrate one work or action. You may feel that your practice is best described through one detailed project. Conversely, there will be applicants who need to describe breadth and diversity in their range of work.

Where relevant to you, as a practitioner, please feel free to use the portfolio to demonstrate process or research as much as completed or resolved work.  We are interested in you as an individual, your personal interests, your creativity and initiative in finding out about your proposed area of study. We would also like to know about your favourite designers and artists, where you have seen their work at first hand and how you have acquired more information about the work that interests you.

For more portfolio advice please visit: https://www.arts.ac.uk/study-at-ual/apply/portfolio-advice

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

We will be arranging online group interview sessions for successful applicants. These sessions are intended to offer opportunities to get to know the learning community and to ask questions, as well as develop your awareness of learning on the course.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Additional Information

Applicants will be expected to be computer and social-media literate. Because of the online delivery mode, applicants will need to be able to have access to:

  • A recent computer with an up-to-date operating system and web browser;
  • A reliable, fast broadband connection (slow internet connection can affect the learner experience, especially during a live session in a virtual classroom);
  • Webcam, microphone and headphones

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