Applied Arts and Social Practice at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS

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Course summary

With growing interest in applied arts and social practice and increasing career opportunities, this MA will allow students to graduate with a better understanding of how artists, theatre practitioners and other creatives apply their skills in social contexts, third sector organisations, public health, social welfare, education and criminal justice. At the same time, it will give them the practical and enterprise skills to develop a sustainable career in their chosen field. The combination of modules on this MA makes it unique in Scotland, and the flexible study options and diverse curriculum make it particularly suitable if you are already working in the sector or wish to do so when studying.


Practice Research (20 Credits)- This year-long module is practice-led and driven by reflective considerations on the student’s own practice, but being exposed to case-studies, lone-projects, as well as their own experimentation. This module also receives insights from guest speakers and experts in the field who can speak of their own practical experience of engaging in Applied Arts/Social Practice projects Applied Arts: Theories and Histories (20 Credits)- Taking a historical perspective as a grounding, this module examines the theoretical justification of Applied Arts, using case studies and past projects. It grounds the students thinking about the types of histories and legacies that can be drawn from to complicate the practices of engagement Social Practice: Working With People (20 Credits)- This module examines the practical skills required to engage with people, examining concepts such as dialogue, inter-personal skills, group facilitation skills. The most practical of the modules, students get to try out and engage with groups and communities in order to expand their skillsets and experience in working with people. Fundraising, Finance and Development (20 Credits) - This module will equip students with a critical understanding of the principles and practices of fundraising, development and financial management. The assessments invite students to examine financial support mechanisms (eg, completing a funding application or designing a sponsorship pack) as well as financial literacy exam. This module marks our course as quite unique in this regards. Planning and Marketing Cultural Projects (20 Credits) - This module will provide students with a critical understanding of the principal skills, techniques and practices necessary to manage and market a cultural project. This modules looks at the practical realities of managing and marketing cultural projects and learning occurs around hypothetical projects that the students plan and market in groups. The Only Way is Ethics: Art Representation and Ethics (20 Credits) - The module is designed to develop critical and practical skills needed for students to engage with the public in the delivery of cultural projects. It looks at examples from history as well as contemporaneous projects that engage with people at the ethical edges of participation to challenge the student to develop their own ethical frameworks. You will also complete a final practice based project (60 credits). The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2021) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Assessment method

Teaching comprises a stimulating combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises, field trips and projects, as well as a period of practice-based learning. Assessment throughout the course will take a variety of forms, including essays, reports, exams, group and individual presentations, as well as a practice-based dissertation for the final MA component.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

Entry requirements

A UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a creative subject area OR significant work experience in arts-led community projects. You will be required to outline your creative practice as part of the application so that we can ensure we have suitable expertise and facilities to support the type of work you wish to undertake. International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £865 Module
EU £2035 Module
England £865 Module
Northern Ireland £865 Module
Scotland £865 Module
Wales £865 Module
Channel Islands £865 Module
International £2035 Module

Additional fee information

Module fees are per 20 credit module. Part-time dissertation fees are as follows: UK/Scot £1,300 International/EU/EEA £3,305
Applied Arts and Social Practice at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS