Entry requirements

The general entry requirements are: a good honours degree, minimum 2.1, in any subject; an internationally recognised qualification equivalent to a good British honours degree. Applicants without a first degree, but with extensive experience in the arts or other disciplines relevant to this programme may also be considered Please contact the Admissions Tutor, Liming Chen on lchen@brookes.ac.uk to discuss this.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique transdisciplinary course, open to people from all backgrounds, offers a special focus on contemporary social sculpture, ecological citizenship, connective eco-social practices, cultural activism, expanded art practices and transformative, creative action. It enables you to explore strategies of engagement, agency and the relationship between imagination and transformation. The programme also makes special reference to the proposals and legacies of Joseph Beuys, Schiller and Goethe, as well as other pedagogies of transformation such as Joanna Macy's and Paulo Freire's. It introduces theoretical and philosophical frameworks, with a special emphasis on phenomenology and experiential knowing; explores the relationship of social sculpture to ecological sustainability and offers practice-based research methodologies and creative strategies as the basis for developing individual and collaborative social sculpture processes, interdisciplinary expanded arts and reflective social practice.

The MA is Social Sculpture is, with the MA in Sound Arts, one of two taught postgraduate courses for socially-engaged artists, composers and transdisciplinary practitioners currently offered by the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University. These MAs share two core modules in Creative Strategies and Phenomenological Methods of practice-based work. These shared modules enable cross-pollination and potential for collaboration between social sculpture and connective practice practitioners and those working in the field of sound arts. The MA in Social Sculpture is linked to the Social Sculpture Research Unit and is part of a thriving post-graduate research culture. There are opportunities to volunteer in social sculpture projects like University of the Trees: Lab for an Eco-Social Future.

MA in Social Sculpture students take five compulsory modules - Creative Strategies 1 and 2, Social Sculpture 1 and 2 and a Major Project - in which they develop their particular concerns.

PGDip in Social Sculpture students take four compulsory modules - Creative Strategies 1 and 2 and Social Sculpture 1 and 2.

Modules may change from time to time as they are reviewed as part of our quality assurance framework; an indicative list is shown below.

Shared transdisciplinary modules
Creative Strategies 1 and 2 are shared by the MA in Social Sculpture and the MA Sounds Arts courses. This module explores methodologies and strategies for generating contemporary social sculpture and related connective practices, cross artform and socially engaged practices, reflective eco-social practice and forms of cultural activism. For those doing the MA Sound Arts it also serves as a basis for generating sounds art and cross-artform work. You are introduced to phenomenological approaches in both theory and practice that encourage you to become aware of your working process as a creative practitioner and to understand the influence that certain methodologies and strategies have on the kind of work that you do. Through individual and collaborative practice-based work, staff-led seminars and feedback discussions, attention is focused on how we generate practice-based work. Strategies that encompass the intuitive, spontaneous, interventionist, discursive and analytical are used, individually or in collaboration with others.

Social Sculpture and Connective Practice modules
This sequences of two modules in Semester 1 and 2 [Year 1 for F/T and Year 2 for P/T students] focuses on social sculpture, creative agency, ecological citizenship, connective aesthetics, connective practices in general and cultural creative action. Alongside an exploration of specific social sculpture strategies of engagement, and the relationship between imagination and transformation, it makes special reference to the proposals and legacy of Joseph Beuys, Schiller, and to Goethean methodology, whilst exploring the broader field of connective practices that include the work of Joanna Macy, James Hillman and Paulo Freire. You will have the opportunity to study the theoretical and philosophical frameworks that underpin these ideas, and to examine contemporary research and practice that explores the relationship of social sculpture to ecological sustainability and the shaping of a viable future. In addition, you will explore relevant practice-based methodologies and research strategies as the basis for developing your own interdisciplinary social sculpture, reflective social practice and expanded art projects.

Major Project
At the end of the course there is an annual degree festival of the MA Social Sculpture work. The Major Project is the culmination of your course of study. You can take an active role in organising, marketing and running the festival, which in previous years has taken place at a variety of sites in and around Oxford, as well as the University and exhibition spaces in the School of Arts.

Information for international students

Please see the university's standard English language requirements.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

School of Arts
+44 (0)1865 484959