MA Social Practice and the Creative Environment (MA SPaCE) is a vibrant, experimental, taught MA programme, designed for cultural practitioners who engage with the field of social relations as part of their work.
What is the MA SPACE?
The MA SPaCE provides a challenging seminar programme that gives students a strong theoretical basis from which to articulate the critical and creative dimensions of their work. The complexity and constraints of working creatively in a social context are directly addressed. Tools and methods for developing an understanding of physical and social environments, social interaction, transaction and exchange, community concerns, history and culture are generated through the work of the programme.
The MA SPaCE has a reputation as a world-class provider of postgraduate education in the field of social art practice/socially engaged art practice.
Who can apply?
The MA is open to graduates from the fields of art and design and to experienced graduates outside of the art and design fields. Previous students have come from dance, social work, performance, youth work, architecture, media studies and more. The content of the programme reflects that diversity, engaging with the work of artists, designers, cultural practitioners and disciplines directed towards other aspects of contemporary society.
The MA SPaCE programme is delivered through a blended learning approach, a combination of onsite workshops and online lectures and seminars. It is designed to support students on the MA SPACE to develop proposals and projects in situations of their own choosing. Each of the 5 modules contributes to that process in specific ways:
Title: Critical Impulses; a Genealogy of Social Practice
Credits: 20 Credits
Critical Impulses; a Genealogy of Social Practice examines some of the critical impulses in social practice, traced through historical and contemporary moments. This exploration helps students to situate the critical impulses of their own practice, and to confidently articulate that position.
The module uses the metaphor of field and map as a way to organise knowledge and inquiry, sketching a broad outline of the territory of Social Practice for the purpose of orientation.
Title: Voices from the Field
Credits: 15 Credits
Voices from the Field focuses on the interactions of the creative practitioner with the broader community of practices. It also explores research techniques and methodologies relevant to post-graduate students. It introduces graduates to the disciplines, practices, languages and practices appropriated in socially engaged art, and gives an overview of the administrative, legal and planning aspects of working within defined space. It offers students the chance to explore and analyse the nature of experience, ethics and vernacular exchange.
Title: Circuits of Dissemination
Credits: 10 Credits
Circuits of Dissemination provides students with critical and professional skills to bring their work to the attention of relevant publics and to present their work professionally across different media. Circuits for the promotion and distribution of work and practice are considered, and strategies of dissemination, including modes of documentation, the use of online platforms, social media, publications and self-publication are explored. Students will receive instruction in the use of technology and applications to facilitate these undertakings. Live presentation methods will be covered, with opportunities for students to develop their presentation skills in a supportive peer-group context. The module will provide the student with critical and professional skills to bring their work to the attention of relevant publics and to present their work professionally across different media.
Title: Documentation: Critical Reflection
and Evaluation of Major Project
Credits: 15 Credits
Documentation: Critical Reflection and Evaluation of Major Project relates to the documented reflection and evaluation of the Major Project. Students will apply research methods covered in Module 1, 2, 3 and 4. This reflection and evaluation will typically use the format of an action project, where the intervention/designed work/situation/collaborative piece or other forms of project provokes a change which is then critically evaluated by the student producing a reflective portfolio. Which may include:
- a written text
- a catalogue
- reflective diaries
- social media formats of documentation
- other documentary works, including sound, image, video etc.
of Art & Design
Limerick School of Art & Design is the oldest college of art in Ireland, founded in 1852. For 170 years we have been educating, inspiring and empowering people seeking a creative future. We are proud to be recognised as one of Europe’s leading fine art, design and creative media schools. With over 1,450 students across our campuses, we are a hub of energy and imagination, a supportive creative community and a place of art, enterprise and research.
Limerick School of Art and Design runs a number of taught MA programmes and has a strong cohort of independent, postgraduate researchers.