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Arts MA

Arts MA

This course allows you to develop and pursue your own personal design study programme at master’s level, while being supported and supervised by leading national and international scholars, researchers and practitioners.

Overview

Reasons to study the Arts MA at DMU:

  • You can personalise your course, choosing from an extensive choice of specialisms to make it highly specific to your interests
  • You will benefit from working with staff who have national and international profiles for their teaching and research
  • You will access a range of specialist facilities and studios
  • You will join a multi-disciplinary, international and vibrant community of postgraduate students
  • 96.6% of DMU postgraduates are in full-time employment or further education within six months of completing their course*
  • DMU postgraduates command an average salary of £41,129 within six months of completing their qualification

* Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2013/14 (Employability Performance Indicator)

Arts MA allows you to study in a way that suits your individual circumstances and your preferred learning style(s). With support from your mentors you will develop a learning contract that maps out your modules and assessments. Subject to prior approval, you can take up to 90 credits from taught postgraduate modules and complete the rest of your programme through modules that require study that is more independent in nature.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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Performance Practices MA
Performance Practices MFA

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2016


Fees and funding: UK/EU: £4,750 (full-time), £2,375 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Student loan information for EU students joining in September 2016.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2016


Fees and funding: International: £12,200 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent of a 2.2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree. If you have other professional qualifications and/or industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. You may be asked to attend an interview.

Evidence of practice or creative work through a physical and/or digital portfolio of work may be required depending on your proposed area of study. If you are an international student you will be invited to interview via Skype or phone.  

As you will be working largely independently, you need to be self-motivated and have good time management skills.

Intital proposal form

Applicants must also submit an initial proposal with the application form. From this, alongside experienced two mentors, you must develop your own learning contract, which will be submitted to the assessment board for approval. Download intitial proposal form (MS Word)

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Areas of study

Teaching and assessments

Course modules

 

Specialisms

With a wide range of specialisms to choose from, you can create a programme of study that is interdisciplinary and tailored to your specialist interests or skills. The specialisms that we offer on the Arts MA include:

  • Arts and Festival Management
  • Education and the Arts 
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Video

The course also allows you to study in a way that suits your individual circumstances and your preferred learning style(s). Subject to prior approval, you can take up to 90 credits from our taught postgraduate provision, while the rest of the programme will be completed through negotiated learning contracts.

 

Overview

You can choose to study full-time or part-time. You can exit the programme with a postgraduate certificate having completed 60 credits or with a postgraduate diploma having completed 120 credits. The shortest period of study for the master’s award is one year full-time.

As you can negotiate activities and assessment tasks within your learning contract, assessment can be as varied as you want it to be and can include practical work.

All full-time students must complete a Research Methods module in Term 1 and part-time students can opt to complete it either in Term 1 or Term 3. To achieve the master’s award, all students must undertake a Major Project, which could comprise practical and written work; a fully written Dissertation or a Work Placement at the end of your course.

You will be assigned two dedicated mentors who will provide academic support throughout the course. They will also help you to establish a personal development plan. DMU academic and research staff are experts in their field. They are actively engaged in a wide range of professional activities including research, publishing, performing and exhibiting in both national and international contexts.

Contact hours
On the Arts MA, your programme of study is determined by you as the student, as the programme seeks to build on and develop the capacity for self-directed, autonomous study. Full-time students will normally study independently for up to 35 hours a week, which will include meetings with your mentor for on average of one hour a fortnight with more intensive contact as you progress towards assessments. As part of your learning contract you may also take up to 90 credits of taught module options within this time, which will reduce the number of hours spent in independent study.

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

 

Year one

Term 1 (Full time and Part time)

  • Research methods for Creative Arts Practice (core module in Term 1 for full time or Term 1 or 3 for part time)

And choose from a range of option self-directed and/or taught modules:

  • Arts assignment self directed modules
  • Research into Performance
  • Perspectives

Term 2 (Full time and Part time)

Choose from a range of option self-directed and/or taught modules:

  • Arts assignment self directed modules
  • Music Festivals
  • Animating Places
  • Cultural Policy and Planning
  • Negotiated Placement
  • Education and the Arts
  • Performance, Practice and Technology

Term 3 (Full time)

Choose one of the following modules:

  • Major Project: Dissertation
  • Major Project: Design Concept
  • Major Project: Practical Outcome and Context
  • Work Based Project/Placement

Year two

Term 1 (Part time)

  • Research methods for Creative Arts Practice (core module in Term 1 or 3 for part time)

And choose from a range of option self-directed and/or taught modules:

  • Arts assignment self directed modules
  • Research into Performance
  • Perspectives

Term 2 (Part time)

Choose from a range of option self-directed and/or taught modules:

  • Arts assignment self directed modules
  • Music Festivals
  • Animating Places
  • Cultural Policy and Planning
  • Negotiated Placement
  • Education and the Arts
  • Performance, Practice and Technology

Term 3 (Part time)

Choose one of the following modules:

  • Major Project: Dissertation
  • Major Project: Design Concept
  • Major Project: Practical Outcome and Context
  • Work Based Project/Placement

Facilities and features

Facilities

You will have access to a number of specialist facilities and resources. These include performance studios in the Campus Centre and in the Performance Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) building.

In the Campus Centre and PACE there are changing and shower facilities and technical staff offices. In PACE there is a communal area where you can meet informally.

You will have access to our superb Photography and Video studios, and you will also be able to book out equipment (cameras/tripods etc) from our audio visual department. 

 

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Enterprise

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Placements
Engaging with external, professional organisations broadens your experience, offers valuable networking opportunities and prepares you for the world of work. Arts MA offers two placement modules that support your learning in different ways. On Negotiated Placement you observe and shadow your host organisation to develop your skills base and understanding of a particular activity, whereas Work Based Project/Placement gives you hands-on experience of doing the activity yourself with support from the host organisation and a DMU mentor. 

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

 

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Graduate careers

DMU postgraduates have taken on careers in the performing and creative arts, management, research and teaching. While some become entrepreneurs in their own right, others elect to follow an academic career and enter further MPhil or PhD level study. Whatever your chosen career, Arts MA encourages you to develop a specific and personal skills base that relates to your chosen field of study and career trajectory.

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How to apply 

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.

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