Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Media Arts Philosophy Practice

The course focuses on the intersections between and across fine art, contemporary philosophy, performance, media/acoustic/electronic arts, synaesthesia and the wild sciences. The course shares particular concerns with Fine Art in terms of engaging with colour, pattern, enframing, immersivity and texture but does so in ways that allow the student to question established conventions, assumptions, preconceptions of fine art practice, frequently challenging the boundaries of what is commonly understood as practice, performance, surface, and indeed 'thinking'. Playful, intense, rigorous, Media Arts Philosophy Practice foregrounds the question what does it mean to be 'human' and what can we become especially given the impact of the information age, bio-art, genetic engineering and augmented reality.

Entry requirements

Applicants require either a degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent qualifications or experience.

Course modules

Contemporary philosophy and aesthetics; untimely meditations; research in practice; final presentation or dissertation; module options include: art in the public realm; arts policy and cultural planning; discourses in art and design; perspectives on art as a global human activity; queer strategies in practice; art and new media; models and methods of curatorial practice; photography as research; small arts business set up; project planning.

Assessment methods

A practice led, seminar and research-based course, with assessment focused on the development of student's practical art work but also including an extended essay; the final Master�s submission is a final presentation or dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,195 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,195 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,100 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 3,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Art, Margaret Street Birmingham B3 3BX West Midlands

Key information

Birmingham City University Enquiries
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0121 331 5595