Taught course

Socially Engaged Arts Practice

University of Salford · School of Arts and Media

Entry requirements

To join this MA you should have a second class honours degree, 2:2 or above.

Applicants are required to present a portfolio (or equivalent) at interview. Applicants are also asked to provide a short statement describing their practice to date and motivations for study.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to empower communities through the power of art? Socially engaged practice involves collaboration and participation with people, through co-authored and co-produced activities that helps to define an environment, attitude or experience, and is often defined by the process of these interactions, rather than an outcome. Considering pressing issues such as inclusion, mental health awareness, homelessness, amongst many others enables students of this course to explore a wider variety of real-life scenarios and apply an artistic approach and understanding to developing conversations and debate around these areas with relevant stakeholders within a community.

Artists have a history of using their creativity to highlight the topics that matter to them. If you want to be part of the next generation of socially engaged artists - through either full-time or part-time study - our socially engaged arts practice programme is for you.

You’ll work with communities or projects that have a story to share, from youth clubs and local organisations, to cultural groups and institutions and use your arts practice to explore these compelling stories through the development of participatory events within this community, before potentially disseminating these findings to a wider populace, in a variety of forms. You’ll also gain an arts education relating to social issues, learning to use research and reflection to guide your creative process and create art that shines a spotlight on causes that matter.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0161 295 4545