The MA in Social Sculpture is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University. The other three courses are:
* MA in Composition and Sonic Art
* MA in Contemporary Arts
* MA in Contemporary Arts and Music.
These interdisciplinary courses broaden awareness of cross-art-form concerns, question the boundaries of contemporary art practice, provoke shifts in perception and engender work with relevance to contemporary life. A concern for location, context and audience is central. All projects culminate in a public presentation or performance.
A special feature of these courses is the MA forum, in which students and staff meet to discuss each other's work in a supportive and stimulating environment. Students have the opportunity to spend a semester at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Students have 24-hour access to excellent studios and workshops. The courses are situated in the Richard Hamilton Building in the beautiful Headington Hill site, one and a half miles from Oxford city centre.
* The School of Arts offers a unified hub for the arts in the Richard Hamilton Building, with state-of-the-art technical facilities and 24-hour studio access.
* Innovative cross-disciplinary and socially-engaged creative practices, including internationally-renowned programmes in sonic art and social sculpture.
* A stimulating environment where creative practitioners and writers about the arts and culture work closely together to form specialist research units and interdisciplinary research clusters in areas including the nineteenth century and modernism.
* Research and teaching programmes linked to some of Oxfords leading cultural organisations such as Modern Art Oxford, Oxford Contemporary Music, and events such as the annual OXDOX International Documentary Film Festival.
* Opportunities for international study, with students recently visiting the United States, Europe and Australia.
Full-time: MA: 12 months, PGDip: 9 months
Part-time: MA: 24 months, PGDip: 18 months
MA Social Sculpture students take three compulsory modules - Creative Strategies, Theories and Practices of Social Sculpture and Research and Development - together with an appropriate Major Project.
PGDip students take the three compulsory modules but not the Major Project.
Modules may change from time to time; an indicative list is shown below.
* Creative Strategies is shared by all four MA courses. This module explores methodologies and strategies for generating contemporary and cross-art-form work, sonic art and musical composition, social sculpture and related expanded art practices. You are encouraged 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.
* Research and Development provides the opportunity to identify an area of interest as a starting point for investigation and speculation. You will develop project proposals through deliberate, rigorous and sustained research and exploration. The module emphasises practical research processes relevant to your own concerns.
* The Theories and Practices of Social Sculpture explores the idea of social sculpture with special reference to the proposals, projects and legacy of Joseph Beuys, and examines the broader field of expanded art practices. 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. In addition, you will explore relevant practice-based methodologies and research strategies as the basis for developing your own practice-based, interdisciplinary social sculpture and expanded art projects.
At the end of the course there is an annual degree festival of the MA work. The Major Project is the culmination of your course of study. You can take an active role in the organisation, marketing and running of the festival, which in previous years has taken place at a variety of sites around Oxford as well as well as exhibition spaces in the School of Arts.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.