The MA by Research in Media, Art and Design provides the opportunity to undertake a supervised programme of independent study and practice in a structured and supportive environment. The programme may be undertaken either full time over one year, starting in October, or part time over two years.
The Masters by Research in Media, Art and Design is offered in a range of specialisms including:
- Applied Art
- Cultural Studies
- Digital Media
- Fine Art
- Graphic Design
- Media and Communications
- Media Studies
- Web Design
Degree titles will be subject-specific, e.g. Masters by Research in Film, Masters by Research in Fine Art etc. We can provide expert supervision across the specialisms listed above.
Students are supported principally through regular tutorials from a specialist supervisor. A supervisor will help the student adopting the traditional research mode to frame the research topic and provide ongoing guidance about carrying out secondary and primary research and writing up the findings. A supervisor will help the student adopting the practice-based mode to devise and produce their project and to set it within a critical framework. Face-to-face supervisions will take place on a regular basis during term time, and supplemented by telephone, email and Skype guidance as needed. The schedule of supervisions will be agreed by negotiation between the supervisor and the student. Tutorials can be scheduled around a student’s other commitments and meaningful distance learning can be facilitated. Work-in-progress is reviewed by a panel of supervisors half way through the registration period. Following advice from this review students complete their theses or projects.
One of the few fixed commitments is the integral research seminar programme, which Masters by Research students are required to attend, typically one afternoon each week in Terms 1 and 2. The seminar programme is built around the department’s own research seminar series and is designed to integrate the student body by addressing issues of common interest, such as aesthetics, genre, form etc. Some seminar presentations will be tutor-led, others student-led. Every Masters student will be expected to deliver a research paper during the seminar programme. Students choosing the practice-based mode will be expected to present work-in-progress for group critique.
Students choosing the practice-based mode will have access to the department’s extensive range of specialist equipment, which they will be able to book, and to its specialist facilities at times that they are not in use for taught classes.
Further support, training and facilities are provided by The Graduate School. Students adopting the traditional research mode will be expected to attend the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.