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.