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MA in Social Practice & the Creative Environment (Level 9)

The MA in Art and Design focusing on Social Practice and the Creative Environment.

This unique programme is designed to fulfil student demand from art, design and related fields, nationally and internationally. This is a one-year full-time taught MA programme, multidisciplinary in nature, which focuses on the growing area of social practice.

The course offers you a strong theoretical and critical grounding on the area of social practice, equips you with appropriate research skills, educates you in the roles you will play within communities/situations/spaces, and ultimately, offers you a deep level of authentic experience and situated learning within the context of the delivery and documentation of your self-chosen social practice project.

Initially the course leads you through the critical and theoretical frameworks current in the field of social practice. Semester One is designed to fuel your practice by providing the context for engagement in a variety of social contexts. You will meet key artists, designers, policy makers, agencies and brokers of public situations, who will put forward models of best practice. The second stage of the course places you as a practitioner working in your chosen area of interest; you will undertake a project, through which you will reflect on, document and present.

Since 2010 over 200 national and international visiting lecturers have come to Limerick School of Art and Design specifically to specifically work with postgraduates students on the MA SPACE programme.

This equates to twenty visiting lecturers per annum and has included: Wochenklauser, Austrian Artist Collective; Superflux, UK/India based Design Company; Gideon Koppel, UK based Film Maker; Dr. Adam de Eyto, Sustainable Designer and Researcher; Sarah Browne, Artist; Ailbhe Murphy - Director of CREATE; Cliodhna Shaffrey, Independent Curator; Dr. Eileen Humphries, Sociologist/Researcher; Caroline Campbell - The Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation (IVARO); Phillip Delamere, Arts Office, Roscommon County Council; Wooloo, Danish Artist Collective; Basurama, Madrid based Design Collective, Ultra-Red, Activist Art Collective; Caludia Zeiske-Director of Deveron Community Arts (UK); Megan Johnston, USA based Independent Curator.

One year taught Masters in Art and Design (full-time), 2 year taught Masters in Art and Design (part-time).

The course is composed of 5 modules:
Module 1: Commentaries – Critical Grounding, Taking a Position. This module introduces you to the critical thinking underpinning contemporary art and design practice and its relationship to social and cultural issues.
Module 2: Transactions, Roles and Research. This looks at the different roles, ethical and logistical responsibilities involved in a social practice project.
Module 3: Practice – Analyse, Contextualise, Assimilate. Delivered by guest lecturers, this looks at case studies of art and design practitioners with a focus on social engagement.
Module 4: Social Practice: Major Project. An exciting opportunity for you to engage with a community/situation/space and deliver a socially engaged art/design project
Module 5: Documentation: Critical Reflection and Evaluation of Major Project. This involves you documenting and reflecting on their chosen social practice project

Minimum Entry Requirements

Candidates entering the course must have: A minimum 2.2 honours degree in their chosen Art, Design, Humanities, and/or related fields of study e.g. Architecture, New Media, the Performing Arts and Multi-Media


Equivalent qualifications including the pre-NFQ NCEA National Diploma. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language.

All qualified candidates will be interviewed in order to assess their interest in or previous experience in the area of Social Practice, and their potential contribution to the group dynamic. Applicants will also need to undergo Garda Vetting, as many students may work with groups containing children and/or vulnerable adults.


Closing Date
MA SPACE applications are now being considered for the academic year 2018-19.

Please email a completed application form (see links below) to muriel.dinneen@lit.ie 
or post a hard copy of your application to the address given below.

Postal address:
School Administrator
Limerick School of Art and Design LIT
Clare Street, Limerick.

For Further Information Contact:
Email: muriel.dinneen@lit.ie  Tel : +353(0)61 293871  Fax: 061-311496





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