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Five reasons to study a Masters degree

Is an MA the right choice for me? Before embarking on your postgraduate study journey you may have some reservations. Here’s our top five reasons why a Masters degree might be just for you
<p dir="ltr">Our Masters degrees offer a supportive and interdisciplinary environment for artists and designers to focus on creative experimentation and innovation. As an arts university run by artists and designers, for artists and designers, you could find yourself in a space of thinking and making. At the heart of a creative and collegial community, within an international network of arts and cultural, commercial and industrial practitioners, businesses and institutions, there’s lots to gain from studying a postgraduate degree.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you’re a creative alumni considering postgraduate education, you may be wondering what the benefits are and whether it’s worth the investment of time and money. Here are just a few reasons why pursuing a creative postgraduate degree might be the right choice for you.<br /></p>
<p>One of the primary benefits of studying for a creative postgraduate degree is the opportunity to develop your creative practice. Whether you’re a fine artist, a textile designer, painter, visual communicator or jewellery maker, you’ll have the chance to delve deeper into your chosen area of expertise and gain in depth skills and knowledge. By learning from expert research staff members, receiving feedback on your work, and experimenting with new techniques and approaches, this can help accelerate your career within a particular industry or specialise in a specific field.</p>
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A Master's degree can help you develop your creative practice

<p>By pursuing a Master’s degree at Arts University Plymouth, you get access to 13,000 square metres of studios and workshops across four buildings filled with professional workspaces and state-of-the-art facilities. Workshops within our LABs are open to students across specialisms - fashion designers collaborate with filmmakers, fine artists with photographers, and animators with ceramicists - encouraging debate, exchange, experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration.</p>
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Arts University Plymouth hosts state-of-the-art facilities for a number of different creative specialisms

<p>Studying for a creative master’s degree provides you with the opportunity to build a robust portfolio of work, showcasing your skills and creativity. A well-curated portfolio allows you to stand out from the competition, demonstrate your unique style and approach and highlight your strengths and accomplishments during your study.</p>
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A strong portfolio will showcase your skills and creativity

<p>Just like any type of postgraduate degree, our master’s programme provides you with valuable networking opportunities. You’ll be working alongside other creatives in your field, as well as our expert academics who are well-connected within their industries. This can lead to internships, placements, job offers, residences and other opportunities and connections to help you develop as a professional practitioner.</p>
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Discover other artists and professionals in your field when studying for an MA

<p>Finally, pursuing a creative postgraduate degree can be a powerful form of personal growth. You’ll be challenged to think critically and creatively, with the opportunity to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Through the process of creating, experimenting, and reflecting, you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your values, and your creative practice.</p>
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Pursuing a postgraduate degree can challenge you creatively, personally and professionally

<p dir="ltr">We believe that contemporary arts practice is the catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation, and a postgraduate degree can be a valuable investment in your future holistically, personally and professionally. Whether you’re looking to expand your creative network, build a portfolio or experience personal growth, undertaking a master’s degree at Arts University Plymouth can help you achieve your goals and take your practice to the next level.</p> <p dir="ltr">Throughout the year we invite prospective students to explore the university and hear from staff, students and alumni at an Open Event. If you're considering an <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply">MA or MFA application</a> we recommend signing up for a future online or in-person talk. To see a full list of upcoming dates please visit our <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/events">What's On</a> page. You can also find out more information by downloading our latest <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/prospectus">Postgraduate Prospectus</a> and <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/posts/curating-your-postgraduate-portfolio">reading our Portfolio Guide</a>.</p>
<p dir="ltr">For further information email <a href="mailto:postgraduate@aup.ac.uk">postgraduate@aup.ac.uk</a>. We will answer your question or put you in touch with a programme leader so that you can gain information on a specific MA programme.<br /></p>