Taught course

Social Sculpture and Connective Practice

Institution
Oxford Brookes University · School of Arts
Qualifications
MAPGDip

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.

Months of entry

September

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.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you should have IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each component.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

PGDip

full time
9 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Arts
Email
arts-enquiry@brookes.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1865 484959