Taught course

Art and Social Practice

Middlesex University · Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

Entry requirements

To be accepted to study on the MA Art and Social Practice, we normally require a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject.

Applicants from across Art, Design and Media are all welcome, including those who have specialised in arts administration or management.

Applicants without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant practical and professional experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Art and Design at Middlesex University hosts some of the UK's most experienced and renowned practitioners with cross-disciplinary experience in the fields of community-based and socially engaged art practice.

The MA Art and Social Practice builds on the School's historical roots in the progressive Hornsey College of Art, at the forefront of encouraging artists to engage and participate with communities and institutions to positively impact the world around them. Its Socially Engaged Practices research cluster will provide you with a productive environment for debate and critical enquiry across creative disciplines where ideas can be shared and collaborations fostered. At the same time, an annual virtual symposium will connect you with others immersed in parallel fields of study nationally and internationally to extend your horizons, widen your knowledge and forge connections for the future.

This practice-based course is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the UK specifically designed for cultural practitioners, or those with experience of working creatively in the fields of community development, urban studies or cultural management, who wish to develop their work in an outward-facing way. You will leave the course well-equipped to pursue self-initiated projects and commissions or develop your work through the cultural and community sectors.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Loraine Leeson