University of the Highlands and Islands

University of the Highlands and Islands

Art and Social Practice

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 are 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.

Entry requirements

2.1 honours degree in a relevant subject such as art, design or new media, art history, and cultural studies or other closely related discipline such as community development, arts administration or management.

Applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Course modules

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Online study September 2017 - 3 years
MA Online study September 2017 - 15 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Online/Distance Learning
Shetland College UHI Lerwick ZE1 0PX Scotland

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