Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves four units, totalling 180 credits.
Autumn, Term 1
Exploring the Possibilities (60 credits)
Following an Induction Week, you will begin to develop a body of work with tutorial support.
You will also receive a series of critical context seminars to help you start developing your critical context review.
Spring, Term 2
Taking an Idea Forward (40 credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
Taking an Idea Forward builds on the experience of Exploring the Possibilities unit, allowing you to consolidate and develop your knowledge and experience.
You will focus on and further develop one of your ideas for the body of work explored in the Exploring the Possibilities unit. You'll also continue to develop a critical framework for your work through critical context seminars and the submission of the critical context paper.
Increasingly, students take responsibility for leading seminars and group tutorials with staff acting as facilitators.
In the Collaborative Unit, you will develop an interim showcase of your developing research together with your peers and supported by other input.
Summer, Term 3
Taking an Idea Forward (continued)
Resolving Outcomes (60 credits)
Autumn, Term 4
Resolving Outcomes (continued)
In the Resolving Outcomes unit, you will undertake the resolution, finalisation, and presentation of the body of work in an exhibition or other outcomes you decide on, individually or as a group.
Through both practice and your written submission of a critical rationale, you will demonstrate a reflective understanding of the medium, the critical and professional context, and the position of your practice within it.
You will need a high level of commitment and self-management to achieve the course outcomes.
In addition to formal teaching sessions, seminar work, presentations, and tutorial work you will also be expected to engage in independent research, writing, coursework, and the origination, development and completion of the body of work, for which both tutor and peer support is provided through individual tutorials, group discussions, and peer review.
If you are unable to continue or decide to exit the course, there are two possible exit awards.
A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the first 60 credits and a Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.