Creative Practice at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS

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Course summary

Take your creative skills to the next level with our MA Creative Practice. The Creative industry continues to grow in the UK, adding new posts at twice the rate of the rest of the economy. This degree will help to hone your creative skills to become part of the growing and rewarding creative industry. The Masters in Creative Practice is a practice-led modular programme designed for creative graduates from a range of disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skills. On this programme you will develop specialist practical skills while refining your practice and enhancing your employability skills. You’ll build a professional creative network to support your career in the Creative industry. You are supported throughout the programme to critically engage with your creative practice and to refine your creative identity. You will develop your ability to attain work as a creative freelancer, to work for creative agencies and employers, or to progress to further study. We welcome applications from a range of creative disciplines including Art, Graphic Design, Film, Make-up and Photography. The programme is designed for students with strong technical skills in their specialist practice, but you will work in a multidisciplinary environment, enhancing the potential for cross-subject work and reflecting the collaborative nature of the creative industry.


Modules may include: Exploratory Research Practices (30 credits) – The Exploratory Research Practices Module invites students to critically engage with their own creative practice and to situate their work within the creative and cultural industries. In this module students will consider the relationship between their creative practice, critical debate and other contemporary practitioners to demonstrate the breadth of practical investigations. Industry Project (30 credits) – Students will have the opportunity to develop a rigorous understanding of current issues or problems within a given industry context by working on a live brief with a company/employer. They will have the opportunity to experience the complexities of working as part of a creative team whilst also engaging with the focus and priorities of industry professionals, companies or employers. Contemporary Cultural Studies (30 credits) – Contemporary Cultural Studies is a forward-thinking module that provides graduates with the opportunity to position themselves, and their practice, within contemporary culture. Students will be encouraged to make creative connections between contemporary culture, its historical foundations, conflicts, and contingencies, allowing students to develop projects vertically and laterally across and between traditional subject boundaries. Collaborative Practice (30 credits) – Collaborative practice within creative arts is wide and diverse in its approaches and there is a broad range of creative and professional opportunities within the creative fields. This module allows students to strengthen their collaborative skills in reaching an agreed creative outcome. The Collaborative Practice Module invites students to critically engage with their own creative practice and to navigate their work within other areas of the creative industries. Major Project (60 credits) – Whether working in a cultural or commercial context, as a creative practitioner you will create large scale projects that need to engage an audience. The Major Project module provides the opportunity for students to create an ambitious extended practical project for public display that reflects the students’ individual creative practice, critical concerns, and professional identity.

Assessment method

Assessment is modular and continuous with formative assessments being an important part of the learning experience and are utilised to ensure that all necessary preparations for summative assessments have been made. The submission requirements and deadlines set for these will differ from module to module.. Supervisory tutorials and feedback relating to assessments will provide a useful foundation for the way in which students then approach the summative assessment. Each module is assessed differently broken down into tasks. These tasks all work toward the final module 5 Masters project and exhibition. Starting with a proposal and blog moving into a portfolio of work in progress which then underpins the content of a piece of academic writing. This is followed by a symposium paper and presentation supported by a portfolio of work in progress and the course is completed with a final MA project culmination in a final exhibition including all the marketing and curation responsibilities and rationalised by a reflective essay.

How to apply

International applicants

At present we do not hold a Tier 4 licence and so are unable to accept applications from international students.

Entry requirements

Through the interview process the MA coordinator confirms that aspirations lie within the remit of the MA programme in terms of advanced creative practice rather than pure research (if this is not the case, applicants will be counselled regarding more suitable MA options) and that we can fully support the student with appropriate resources and supervision. The process of admission is that students wishing to apply for Masters study in Hull or Harrogate will do so via an on-line application form. An interview takes place at this point, where prospective students discuss their project proposal. The next stage is that a prospective student produces a proposal which identifies, in broad outline, the initial practice proposal (synopsis, aims, context, and support requirements) with an accompanying bibliography. At this point the decision is made by the MA coordinator whether the application is either rejected or accepted, and who will notionally supervise the practice, and a letter confirming the decision is sent out. The decision is based upon: - The quality of the initial research proposal. - Estimated or actual undergraduate achievement normally indicating a 2:1 or first class Honours degree. - References from undergraduate staff or where relevant an employer. - Undergraduate achievement. - Portfolio of previous creative work. - The ability to initiate and sustain MA level independent study as evidenced in references, presentation and discussion around the viability and relevance if the initial project proposal and responses to questions at interview which test the students understanding and potential ability to work at a higher level. - An assessment of the applicants’ intellectual and motivational abilities through the interview process. - The College’s ability to support the intended research project in terms of resources including staff expertise. Applications from overseas students with IELTS score of 6.5 are welcome. The programme actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4372 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4372 Year 1
Scotland £4372 Year 1
Wales £4372 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year.
Creative Practice at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS