Research course

Practice as Research

Solent University Southampton · School of Art, Design and Fashion
MA by research

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Entry requirements

A BA honours degree at 2:2 or higher.

  • Applicants are required to present of a portfolio of work and attend an interview (in person or online).
  • Candidates will be considered in terms of their innovative, imaginative and challenging approach to creative practice as evidenced through the portfolio and interview.
  • Applications are welcome from across all art and design associated disciplines. Students should demonstrate an independent approach to study and have a good first degree. However, applications will also be considered through prior experience and attitude.

Months of entry


Course content

In the creative arts, practice-based research or practice-led research are now generally accepted as valid research methodologies. But the study, application and submission of Practice as Research (PaR) is still contentious. Such research challenges the presumed division of theory and practice, questioning what knowledge is and how it may be communicated and enhanced.

MA Practice as Research offers an innovative, practice driven investigation into the future of creative arts research: what it is and could possibly be. During the course you will propose and develop experimental, ambitious and innovative creative research projects, using media appropriate to your ideas, be this, photography, performance, sculpture, installation, moving image or sound. You will be encouraged to interrogate the entanglement of thinking and doing within your own practice in order to devise innovative research methods and realise unique creative outcomes. You will present your work in a public exhibition, exploiting this opportunity to generate dialogue with different audiences.

Working collectively with your peers, and with the support of the University research community, you will also organise a symposium, through which you will explore the creative use of image, sound and language in the dissemination and ‘presentation’ of creative research.

You will work independently, collaboratively and collectively with your peers, professional artists and designers from across art and design, in order to explore inter-disciplinary approaches to creative practice.

Thanks to the course teams close links with industry, you will also have the chance to work with professional artists, designers, art organisations and studios, including the internationally renowned speculative design studio, Burton Nitta.

Information for international students

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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