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As an MA student at Arts University Plymouth you will join our Postgraduate Centre, an active, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers.

Our postgraduate programmes invite you to explore and refine your creative practice by critically engaging with the cultural, technological and economic changes that are shaping our world.

<p>At the Postgraduate Centre at Arts University Plymouth, you will find yourself at the heart of a distinctive kind of creative and collegial community – an arts university run by artists and designers, for artists and designers – a space of thinking and making, and your open threshold to an international network of arts and cultural, commercial and industrial practitioners, businesses and institutions in which we engage, exhibit, curate and publish widely. <br /></p>
<p>Our dynamic, cross-disciplinary postgraduate community offers a rich environment that provides critical and technical expertise in a range of disciplines. Our postgraduate students develop exposure within their field and refine their practice in a space that fosters experimentation and reflective engagement with issues that are shaping the world we hold in common. <br /></p> <p>We know that the arts, design and media generate significant cultural and social change out of the artefacts, experiences and services they create. Our postgraduate programmes will give you critical insight into the contemporary creative landscape and empower you to work effectively from your carefully chosen place within it. Our postgraduate programmes are structured to encourage debate, exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration. This is achieved through a combination of cross-disciplinary and specialist teaching and a dedicated base used by all MA cohorts and alumni – the <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/the-postgraduate-centre" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Postgraduate Centre</a>.</p> <p><strong>You can apply to study a postgraduate degree via the 'Apply Now' button on each course page. The best deadline to submit your MA application by is 1 July, however please be reassured that we can take late applications until the start of the course if places are still available. </strong></p> <p><strong>To explore the degrees we offer, please visit our <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Postgraduate courses page</a>.</strong></p>

Postgraduate Course Leader Tom Milnes talks through what it's like to study at Postgraduate level at Arts University Plymouth

<p>Throughout your study, the focus is upon making, so that your creative practice is always at the centre of the research that you undertake and you will be encouraged to engage with Arts University Plymouth’s research culture as well as with academic communities across the world.</p> <p>Our Masters programmes include opportunities to reflect on the technological, economic and cultural shifts that affect all contemporary making practices. We support a wide range of practice-based research with a particular focus on sustainable, technological, global and community futures. Our research staff have specialist expertise in the following areas:</p><ul><li>Global critical curatorial practices.</li><li>Entrepreneurship for creative practices.</li><li>Sustainability for creative practices.</li><li>Materials-led investigation.</li><li>Fine art, design, media and craft specialist practices.</li><li>Creative education across the age continuum.</li><li>Socially-engaged art and ‘Social Practice’.</li></ul><p><a href="https://issuu.com/plymouthcollegeofart/docs/sub-text_issue_1" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Read the first issue of SUB Journal</a>, showcasing the dynamic internal research being undertaken by the postgraduate community at Arts University Plymouth.</p>
<p>Our taught postgraduate programmes provide you with core Masters-level training in specialist disciplines, research methods, critical thinking, ethics, project design, professional codes and conceptual frameworks, and an opportunity for negotiated study using outstanding workshop facilities. </p> <p>At every stage in your development, you will be supported by the academic and technical expertise of staff who are industry-active practising artists and innovators in their specialist fields.<br /></p>

Matters Arising, MA Show, September 2022

<p>Did you know Arts University Plymouth graduates are offered a discount of 15% on Masters programme fees? The Alumni Progression Award is available to all alumni, regardless of when they studied with us previously. The discount applies if you studied on one of our pre-degree, foundation or undergraduate programmes.</p> <p>For more information please email <a href="mailto:hello@aup.ac.uk">hello@aup.ac.uk</a></p>
<p>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.</p> <p>Download our latest <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/prospectus">Prospectus</a> and <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/posts/curating-your-postgraduate-portfolio">read our Portfolio Guide</a>.</p> <p>If you'd like to speak directly to <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/people/tom-milnes">Dr Tom Milnes</a>, our Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Course Leader, you can also book an informal online chat - <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/posts/ignite-your-creativity-book-an-informal-chat-to-discuss-our-postgraduate-courses">click here to find out more</a>.</p> <p>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>