Art and Social Practice, Centre for Rural Creativity, University of the Highlands and Islands

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Founded 2017
Lerwick, United Kingdom


The Centre for Rural Creativity, University of the Highlands and Islands, is an interdisciplinary research centre that focuses on the creative industries beyond the ‘creative cities’ paradigm, recognising the economic and social role of the creative industries in remote, rural and coastal areas. The MA programme, Art and Social Practice, offers focused provision enabling students to develop an appropriate level of knowledge and research to inform practical work, together with the critical and analytical processes and technical skills required to effectively deliver a project in the public domain. Uniquely, the programme sits within the research centre, and while participants are not restricted to engaging with rural places and communities, nonetheless UHI’s expertise in the strengths and needs of artists working in rural contexts will be of particular value to those pursuing socially engaged art beyond the city, including those whose specialist interests include place-specific concerns

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The M.A. programme is delivered virtually, using a combination of seminars and tutorials (available in real-time or recordings) and scheduled discussions with tutors and fellow students through our virtual learning environment, so students can study flexibly, where it suits them, in the UK and internationally. Students can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or Masters Degree. To complete the full MA degree through full time study is 18 months and through structured part-time study is 3 years. Lecturers deliver the programme from locations in the Highlands and Islands, nationally and internationally.

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