University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI): Art and Social Practice

InstitutionUniversity of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
Department Creative and Cultural Industries
Telephone 01463 279190
Study type Taught


Are you committed to a career in an art practice that creatively engages with your community? If so, this new MA Art and Social Practice is ideal.

Artists in the 21st century increasingly find themselves working in participatory settings where skills in creative and social engagement are essential. This programme addresses these changing needs and facilitates a shift in thinking away from conventional ideas about where art practices are located and how work is disseminated.

The course offers focused provision enabling you to develop an appropriate level of knowledge and research to inform practical work, together with the critical and analytical processes and technical skills required to effectively deliver a project in the public domain.

Special features
• A limited number of funded places may be available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students.
• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• Taught by practising artists who work across a range of local, national and international contexts, from urban centres to remote and small communities.
• Opportunity to engage with fellow students, professional practitioners, academics and organisations committed to the field of socially engaged art.
• Project work will be based around your own interests, networks and location.
• Opportunity to join in the Virtual Symposium, an international forum for students, artists and organisations. Initiated by Shetland College UHI, the symposium is hosted in collaboration with other universities.
• The course is delivered through online learning so you can study when and where it suits you, in the UK and internationally.
• You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or masters degree.

PgCert: Core modules are: The new social practitioner; Research skills and methods in fine art; Community of practice; or an elective from our other masters programmes.
PgDip: Core modules are: At the interface: cultural entrepreneurship in practice; The developing social practitioner (double credits).
MA: To achieve the award of MA you must complete the social practice project.


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