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Course summary

Do you believe in the power of creativity to highlight a cause, preserve history, leave a lasting legacy, bring joy, enrich, and sometimes transform people’s lives? If so, our MA will allow you to develop best practice models for participatory research when working with others to make art that is meaningful to them. Capitalising on the vast and varied expertise of our staff, you’ll draw on best practice and real-life challenges of creative practice, from how to increase your chances of external funding success, to avoiding some of the legal pitfalls, and increasing public engagement. Why choose this course?

  • Flexibility to use multiple creative forms tailored to your interests – including performances in music, poetry and dance
  • Taught by experts with a breadth of collaborative arts-based experience and participatory research
  • High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and a strong, inclusive research community
  • Opt for a work placement and/or be involved in a collaborative project taking advantage of your own contacts or our links with arts organisations
  • Be part of a vibrant, creative community with an extensive calendar of poetry, creative writing, internationally acclaimed music and exhibition activities
Our MA in Creative Practice aims to give you the tools and techniques to feed your creativity and put it to work practically and innovatively in partnership with organisations, communities and the public. You’ll learn how to develop ideas with participants, engaging, informing and inspiring them through creative work. Aimed at creative practitioners, recent graduates and professionals, it is designed to prepare you to develop collaborative creative arts projects or research, raising your awareness of likely cultural, technological, social, legal and political considerations, while strengthening your own creative practice. One of the major strengths of this course is the sheer breadth of our faculty’s experience in arts-based participatory research, not to mention our excellent links with arts organisations, such as the British Ceramics Biennial and New Vic Theatre, through Keele Deal Culture and coCreate. You will learn how to fuse different artistic practices, or tailor your own medium or genre to the needs of your collaborators. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


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Assessment method

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Entry requirements

ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Undergraduate degree with second class upper division (2:1) in a relevant subject within the arts, humanities or a social science discipline or equivalent. Applicants with other qualifications and appropriate professional experience may be considered on an individual basis. ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Creative Practice at Keele University - UCAS