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WELCOME:  WELCOME to our open day for Postgraduate Studies Art and Design This afternoons timetable:  This afternoons timetable Introduction to the programme core structure Information for those interested in our support in making an application to the AHRC Opportunity to meet and talk to individual members of staff about your specific study interest Work in progress/Studio visits with staff/students Portfolio surgeries for those who have booked this. Context - University Change Agenda:  Context - University Change Agenda Increasing growth in postgraduate Career progression and life long learning Change to culture of the university to more centralised units of support and administration - student hubs Art and Design - futures Postgraduate art and design :  Postgraduate art and design MA Art as Environment MA Fine Art MA Design and Art Direction MA Media Arts MA Art and Design MA Landscape Architecture MA Textiles MA Three Dimensional Design MA Visual Culture MA Representation in Cinema and Media MA Contemporary Curating Master of Enterprise in Art and Design (with MSEC) Location of the programme:  Location of the programme The MA programme is administrated by MIRIAD - Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design And taught in collaboration with the Schools of Art, Design and History of Art and Design in the Faculty of Art and Design It links with Manchester Science and Enterprise Centre to deliver it’s Master of Enterprise degree MIRIAD Research Centres:  MIRIAD Research Centres Visual Culture Art and Media Arts Craft and Design Social and Environmental Arts Drama, Dance and Performing Arts(Art and Design and Cheshire) Fashion Business and Technology(Hollings) Some Research Groups:  Some Research Groups Location, Memory and the Visual Research Group Archives, Collections and Objects Research Network - ACORN REACT - research engine for art and creative technology with Salford University Righton Press Research Group Art and Ecology Art and Democracy Narrative group Structure of the Programme:  Structure of the Programme Methods of Inquiry 10 credits Contemporary Theory 10 credits Option 2 10 credits Option 1 10 credits Practice 40 credits Practice 40 credits Practice 60 credits 180 credits in all 10 hours of effort per credit 48 weeks full time or 96 weeks part time Core units + Shared learning:  Core units + Shared learning Induction - oct Lecture/seminar based units of Methods of Inquiry and Strategies of Thought Mixed Group Project - Oct/Dec Lecture/seminar/project based units - Option choices Testing Time - June/July Postgraduate MA Show - October Visiting speakers and events - year round Subject Specific Practice Units:  Subject Specific Practice Units 2X40 credit and 1X60 credit Practice Unit Individual studio/work space for all full time students in studio disciplines Taught through seminar, project, work reviews, critiques group and one to one tutorial Specialist tutorial support Visiting practitioners Access to all workshop facilities after health and safety inductions - technician support Other Student Support:  Other Student Support IT drop in and wireless network for word-processing and internet Student support and counselling officer dedicated to faculty Accommodation Office http://www.artdes.mmu.ac.uk/resources Other resources and special features:  Other resources and special features Rare Book and Object Collection in Library Textile Pattern Book Collection - Cavendish building The Righton Press Holden Gallery Exhibitions and dedicated window exhibition project space IT Drop in with MAC and PC, graphics and 3-D imaging/modelling suites Fabric and Paper Stores and AV Store Visual resources centre Moving towards centralised workshop and workspaces Student Profile:  Student Profile We are looking for independent and self motivated students. Students who have defined a focus as to what they want to study and a notion of how they will go about it. Students who are ready to take a pro-active role in their learning which maybe very different from their past educational experience. In the submission of work we look for evidence of the ability to put ideas into practice, for an appreciation of the value of inquiry to support ideas. Most of all we look for an ability for reflection, evaluation and self criticism, a willingness to think flexibly and change ideas While we look at applicants that have varied backgrounds and experiences, selection for the studio based routes is made by portfolio as well as the application form and interview. conversion from related subject disciplines is possible through some routes depending on individual experience and proposal Slide14:  National Benchmark Statements Masters degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated: i a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice; ii a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship; iii originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline; iv conceptual understanding that enables the student: to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline; and to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses. Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to: a deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences; b demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level; c continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level; and will have: d the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations; and the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development. Application Procedure:  Application Procedure Application form Proposed Programme of Study form Supporting work/portfolio where appropriate Then selection for Interview All MMU students will be offered an interview Offer of a place:  Offer of a place Receiving an offer Preparation for starting the programme Fees:  Fees Home Students Pg Certificate 60 credits £1080 Pg Diploma 120 credits £2160 MA 180 credits £3240 (full time) £1620 part time year one Overseas Students- to be confirmed Loyalty discounts - £500.00 for returning MMU students Other possible costs:  Other possible costs Materials - no studio fee is levied Printing out digital work Costs of printing assessment submissions times 3 approximately £30 - £60 Some local travel costs associated with mixed group project - Art as Environment collaborative project. Costs associated with attending conferences/exhibitions/events necessary to your individual studies AHRC funding:  AHRC funding Arts and Humanities Research Council Professional Preparation Masters Research Preparation Masters Full and part-time funding support Professional Preparation Masters:  Professional Preparation Masters Will fund Masters degree or Post Graduate Diploma Aimed at developing high level skills and competencies for professional practice Practical work and related theory at advanced level, develop own work critically Demonstrate clear relationship with professional practice All areas of Arts and Humanities Awards for 1 year full time (max 12 months, Min 9 months) or 24 months part time Can apply for final year (two years part time) of a longer course, provided an MA/MSc or PGDip is gained by end of AHRB award Tuition fees and £4750 approx stipend Research Preparation Masters:  Research Preparation Masters Masters Degree (MA, MSc, MPhil) not PG Dip Advanced study and research training explicitly intended as preparation for doctoral research Dissertation or extended piece of work showing proficiency as a researcher Intention to proceed to doctoral study Must not upgrade to doctoral study during award period? Creative and performing arts, also to provide a foundation for a career in teaching and research in the HE sector Full or part time study Awards normally available for 1 year full time (max 12 months, min 9 months), but up to two years funding possible. Awards normally available for 2 years part time but up to four years funding possible. Tuition fees and £7500 approx stipend AHRC advice:  AHRC advice Need to make a clear distinction about your aspirations whether research or professional skills development Review the criteria for the scheme you are applying for. Start the process early Competition is tough, you should have at least a good 2.1 degree to be considered and supported in your application by the offering institution Discuss your proposal for study with your potential supervisor. www.ahrc.ac.uk How to make a successful AHRC MA Application:  How to make a successful AHRC MA Application In general, the best candidates… had read and followed the guidelines and provided the information sought expressed their proposed project convincingly avoided jargon and aimed to make their statement intelligible to readers with expertise in the general subject area, but not necessarily in the specific area of their proposed research were able to make a convincing case about the significance of the proposed topic, and show evidence of wide reading around the subject. The best Master’s candidates…:  The best Master’s candidates… articulated clearly the relationship of the course to their own research or professional training needs or aspirations (depending on the scheme to which they are applying), rather than simply listing modules or repeating the course description conveyed a good sense of the intellectual and/or practical motivation in undertaking the course, why the areas in which they wanted to work were especially interesting or challenging, and showed an awareness of the relevance of the course to their future plans were able to articulate how the proposed Master’s study would build on and extend the work already undertaken in the area (for example in their first degree or in their professional experience) presented a clearly focussed statement, and where using complex concepts or language, ensured that it was presented clearly and concisely showed evidence of consultation with the prospective course leader, and consistency with the institution’s own description of the course content, training and other support available were aware why they had chosen that particular course at that particular institution rather than any other, and what it would offer them for their specific field of study PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION:  PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION in the Professional Preparation Master’s scheme, demonstrated a clear intention to proceed to a career in the relevant field of arts and humanities professional practice, evidence of learning from relevant practical experience, and a clear articulation of how their Master’s study formed a necessary preparation to enter that specific career. (Students without this clear intention – for example, those for whom the Master’s degree would be a helpful experience but not a key requirement before they may progress in their profession – should not apply to this scheme) overall, the best statements demonstrate the applicants’ commitment to their chosen field, understanding of their chosen course, and sensible preparation. RESEARCH PREPARATION:  RESEARCH PREPARATION in the Research Preparation Master’s scheme, showed a clear intention to proceed to doctoral research in a related specialism, a clear articulation of how their Master’s study would relate to the proposed area of their doctoral thesis, and an explanation of why that topic attracted them and made a viable subject for a doctoral thesis. (Students without this clear intention – for example, those who wish to undertake a Master’s degree, but do not want to follow it with a doctoral degree – should not apply to this scheme) destinations:  destinations Nick Jordan, has shown his work in exhibitions and film festivals around the world. His film 'Fury' won the Best Film Award at the Halloween Short Film Festival, ICA, London, 2004 and has been included in the main programme at the ICA. He also won the Grand Jury Prize for best film at the Exposures Film Festival, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2003. Also was also awarded a Visual Arts Publication award, Arts Council England, 2004 and a New Media Arts Production Award, Arts Council England, 2003 Ed Wakefield, exhibiting Helsinki Sarah Perks, Chief Education Officer, Cornerhouse, Phd student Annette Cobley, works part-time as a Marketing assistant at the People’s History Museum, Manchester, and is starting her own company. Elizabeth Orchison, work in gallery collections, completing a large series of commissions for a new development in London. Martin Elms, Airbus, Bristol, landing gear design for large passenger aircraft Lesley Halliwell, lecturer at NEWI and exhibiting artist David James, Lecturer in Film & Media, School of History of Art & Design, MMU, AHRB doctoral studentship Judith Rothwell, chosen for exhibition in Helsinki James Aston, PhD student, MMU studentship Eric Latham, successful freelance photographer and visiting lecturer, exhibiting Slide28:  Anne Charnock exhibiting and publishing Manchester artist, Stockholm 2004, also winner of many prizes Paul Harfleet has set up an artist’s led space Dave Griffiths – CODEC/X - New British Video & Sound Art, (co-curated by Nick Jordan), touring internationally Maeve Rendle, exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. Jim Medway, exhibited “New Work’ Paul Stolper Gallery, London, Dec 2003 Claire Baldwin, Curator ‘The Secret Life of Things’, Australian Touring Exhibition 2001 – 2002 Mike Dawson, Visual Arts editor, Flux magazine Ben Cooke, selected for New Contemporaries, Research Fellow MMU, curator and artist in residence – successful self-employment as artist Erica Wright, is studying for a PhD, doing community workshops and writing for newspapers. Slide29:  Paul Cordwell has staged numerous exhibitions in the region, nationally and internationally. His work was included in ‘Beyond the Endgame’ 2003 at Manchester Art Gallery and he has a forthcoming show at the ‘Pushkinskaya – 10 art centre, St. Petersberg. David Osbaldeston, Education Officer, Cornerhouse, Manchester. He has participated in exhibitions nationally and internationally: most recently in “Friday 13”, Galleri 5.e, Bergen, Norway. His work was included in artranspennine03 and he is Editor of ‘Stellar’ THE art fanzine, quarterly, A Third Person Publication. Hilary Jack has exhibited her work widely, most recently in Hungary when she participated in the International Course in Contemporary Art at The Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. She participated in ‘Beyond the Endgame’ at Manchester Art Gallery and also has a commissioned work on permanent display there in the Interactive Gallery. She is co-founder of 49 Lamport Court, a new artist run gallery in Manchester. Laurence Lane is co-director of The International 3 Gallery, Manchester. He has exhibited widely including Mexico. Slide30:  Fiona Curran, Exhibited ‘Pattern Crazy’, Crafts Council, 2001 Julie Haslam, ‘Tomorrow People’ The Guardian Weekend, July 5th 2003 – North West Arts Setting Up Scheme, Manchester Metropolitan University, designer in residence. Tabitha Moses – Embroiderers Guild Scholarship Jo Lansley and Helen Bendon, self employed artists – New Contemporaries and numerous exhibitions. French photographic prize. David Haley, Research Fellow, MMU – international exhibiting artist Andrew Bracey, exhibiting artist (Manchester City Art Gallery) and part-time worker at Cornerhouse exhibitions. Kathryn Eden, Master of Enterprise programme, bursary. Debbie Steggle, Lecturer Liverpool John Moores – collaborative project with Unilever Adele Myers, developed and launched ‘Let’s Go Global’ Internet TV channel Martell Linsdell, Lecturer at York University. Q. Do you think it is valuable to work as a student in a research rich environment?:  Q. Do you think it is valuable to work as a student in a research rich environment? A. “I think it is valuable to study in a research rich environment. To be amongst fellow artists who are at different stages in their careers and involved in a range of research projects feeds into the whole notion of what it is to be an artist”. A.“Yes. The research facilities provided me with an unrivalled opportunity to produce qualitative and quantative materials and findings. The findings were very important to the production of my written and creative work as a student.” A. “Entirely.” A. “Yes, as long as the researchers make themselves available for studio tutorials as well as lecturing.” A.“ Absolutely. Learning from past and present helps inform and inspire. How else can one learn?” A. “Yes, in that it opened up a whole new world of possibilities, by teaching research methods, which helped me to access hidden stores of knowledge. It also demonstrated methods that I have used to generate evidence for use in my own creative practice.” Q. As a measure of how effective the course experience is for students would you highlight any aspect of your student experience or part of the programme structure as having been of particular value to you?:  Q. As a measure of how effective the course experience is for students would you highlight any aspect of your student experience or part of the programme structure as having been of particular value to you? A. “Before coming to MMU to study for an MA Fine Art I had been working for at least ten years as a practicing artist. So, for me, the most valuable aspect of the course were the tutorials. After the relative isolation of independent arts practice having the attention of a respected lecturer – time when we could discuss, examine and interrogate my ideas and practice - was simply fantastic”. A. “Yes, I enjoyed virtually all of it. The Thursday morning lectures were very interesting and informative.” A. “For me as student rep. the organisation of some of the events like ‘Testing Time’ was really good to be involved with. Also the trip to and organisation of the New York exhibition. My role, as well as to make some work, was to book hotels and liaise with the Pratt Institute. All of this made me realise that this sort of event was achievable. I felt I gained a lot from Methods of Inquiry and Professional Issues. I find that now I am constantly referring to the notes that I made whilst on the course.”

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