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European School of Visual Arts Angoulême & Poitiers (ÉESI)

Call for applications: Interactive 
Art Research Master’s Program

Application deadline: 31 August 2012

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The program
The Interactive Art Research Master is a two-year program focusing on interactive art, and is for students, artists, and scientists looking to establish a shared theory and practice. This unique program brings together the Humanities, Art, and the Digital Sciences and was founded in 2009, thanks to a partnership between the European School of Visual Arts and the University of Poitiers. This latter is responsible for teaching part of the theory program and for the methodological framework.

The program aims to develop an original ideology of technology and science in the field of art. The teaching involves theory classes, practical courses, and workshops led by internationally renowned artists. The program also aims to foster the autonomy of the students in matters relating to the development of artistic concepts, the production of material or immaterial systems, as well as the formulation of artistic issues.

Entry requirements
Entry to the Master’s Program is open to students with:
– an undergraduate degree of at least three years from a school of visual arts (DNAP – Visual Arts Degree, Bachelor’s Degree level)
– an undergraduate degree of at least three years from a university (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent degree)
– the program is also open to individuals with an equivalent professional experience (upon approval by the University’s Commissions Board)

The second year of the Master’s Program (M2) is open to those students whose application has been approved by the Commissions Board and following a successful interview with the teaching team.

Classes take place at the University of Poitiers campus and at the European School of Visual Arts (Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l’Image) in Poitiers and Angoulême.

Classes are taught through French, although English is frequently used.


Contact:
Alexandra Gence : a.gence@eesi.eu / T +33 (0)5 49 88 82 42 


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25 colleges run Postgraduate design courses in London

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London Metropolitan University

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Kingston University

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City University

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Institute of Education, University of London

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Brunel University

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Birkbeck, University of London

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Ravensbourne

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Charles Sturt University

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University College London, University of London

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University of Westminster

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Middlesex University

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National Design Academy

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In London (includes online/distance courses)

MA Interior Design view course

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Imperial College London

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History of Science, Technology and Medicine PhD view course
History of Science, Technology and Medicine DIC view course
Science, Technology, Medicine and Society MSc view course

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Royal College of Art

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Architecture PhD view course
Service Design MA view course
Interior Design MA view course

University of East London

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Technology Management MSc view course
Innovative Technology MSc view course

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Inchbald School of Design

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Architectural Interior Design MA view course
Architectural Interior Design PgDip view course

London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

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Graphic Design MA view course
Design Writing Criticism MA view course
Graphic Branding and Identity MA view course

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Architectural Association School Of Architecture

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AA Interprofessional Studio Graduate Diploma view course

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London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

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MA Fashion Design Technology, Womenswear (Part Time) view course
MA Fashion Design Technology, Menswear (Part Time) view course
MA Fashion Design Technology, Menswear view course

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Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London

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Digital Arts (Visual Arts) MA view course
Digital Arts (Visual Arts, Online) MA view course
Designer Maker (Visual Arts) MA view course

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University College Falmouth

MFA

Why study the MFA at University College Falmouth?

What are we looking for?

Course structure

The MFA differs from other taught Masters in that it has a lower number of teaching hours and a much greater emphasis on practice-based inquiry and critical discourse between student and supervisor. The MFA does retain some aspects of academic study, in core areas such as Research Methods and Theoretical Studies/Contextual Critical Practice. Over time, the practice-based inquiry informs the academic study, and vice versa. As a guide, you could expect to have 24 contact hours per year, plus a two-day symposium. The emphasis is on the quality, not quantity, of contact time.

Falmouth is offering two modes of study: high residency, where you would pursue your studies on campus; and low residency, where you would use your own creative space. The high residency version is full-time only, but the low residency option can be taken either part-time or full-time, to suit your circumstances. Somebody taking the full-time option and doing the full 240 credits would do 45 weeks of study in the first year and around 15 weeks in the second year. Part-time students would work at approximately half that speed.

Facilities

Entry requirements

Interview and selection process

Answers and advice about the course

D-Crit Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2012

D-Crit is accepting applications for Fall 2012 on a rolling basis, as space allows. The MFA in Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, former editor of I.D. Magazine Ralph Caplan, Metropolis contributing editor Karrie Jacobs, and Change Observer editor Julie Lasky. Learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference. Understand the forces shaping contemporary design and immerse yourself in the controversies that challenge it; find your personal voice, hone your writing skills, and develop your critical stance. Join D-Crit alumni working as editors, curators, researchers, managers, educators, and bloggers. Apply today and make a stand.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2012 on a rolling basis, as space allows. We require three letters of recommendation and a college or university transcript, plus two key essays: one 750-word piece critiquing a design object, event or concept which you write specifically for this application, and another writing sample (1,000 to 2,000 words) which you’ve already written and which demonstrates both your critical eye and your facility with language. Please note that full instructions can be found on our Web site’s Apply page.

If you have questions about your application or would like to tour the department and speak to us directly, please arrange a telephone or in-person appointment at dcrit@sva.edu or 212-592-2228. For more info about the program, download the D-Crit section of the new SVA Graduate Catalog, or fill out SVA’s online form to have a catalog sent to you via mail.

Missed the 2011 D-Crit Open House? Watch the video.

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Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation

Master programmein cooperation with Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität
MA (Master of Arts) | 120 ECTS | 4 Semesters | available: 2012/13
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Application for the new master programme Social Design is now possible – detailed information can be found in the box “Entrance Exam”.

Urban Environment

Today, more than half of the world population lives in cities, and according to UN reports another 200,000 people arrive each day. In the next 20 years, cities around the globe will expand by 1.5 million square kilometres and in 25 years two-thirds of the world population will live in cities. In this global event we can identify the triggering factors behind tremendous restructuring processes: the transformational power of the industrial and digital revolution. This development places cities as complex, self-generating environments under enormous pressure. Through the densification and concentration of the population, economy, capital, and media, as well as culture and knowledge in urban agglomerations, both their spatial and social fabric are subject to overproportional stress.

Social Design

In order to account for this global development, new concepts are needed that address the overall process of knowledge production in society. Especially art universities are predestined to formulate these new, distinct perspectives on the inherent logic of cities and the corresponding dynamics of their processes. Artistic research can generate links between multifaceted disciplinary expertise and the problems posed by the urban realm. The University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte) in cooperation with the Konservatorium Wien University (KONS) have therefore implemented a new master degree programme dedicated to these challenges that emerge within urban social systems and the broad spectrum of related issues.
The shaping of reality viewed on the example of urban agglomerations and contrasted with the urban context of Vienna initially forms both the field of work and the scale for the realisation of the individual projects.

Transdisciplinary Programme Structure

A new type of programme structure has been developed to realise these ambitious goals. The programme places the respective (study) project at the centre of an inter­national teaching environment constituted specifically for each project. Different artistic and scientific experts are assigned as teachers in diverse constellations tailored to the respective project’s requirements and are involved in its development. The objective of the programme is to integrate diverse disciplinary expertise when dealing with the complexity of urban systems. To this end, it is not theoretical dis­course that serves as the pretext rather the direct reference to urban reality underpins the project work.

The master programme is oriented towards graduates from diverse fields of study, thereby stipulating work in transdisciplinary teams as the central teaching and learning approach in the programme. On the basis of professional competences acquired in their respective previous studies, students become acquainted with transcending disciplinary codes and thinking and working in greater inter­relation­ships. Art in synergy with project-related scientific methods and knowledge is seen as a tool for urban innovation. The academic principle of research-oriented teaching is further enhanced by cooperations with non-university institutions.

 Qualification Profile

Graduates will have undergone a process of transformation and conscientisation in their studies that enables them to define their artistic identity anew and to employ art as a tool of urban innovation. The programme endows students with the capacity to identify, analyse, and evaluate questions and issues relevant to urban systems. In particular, they should be able to assemble, organise, and lead competent teams of people from diverse professional backgrounds. Graduates are qualified for work fields in the context of the development of effective and socially responsible urban concepts and their implementation.

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University of California, Santa Cruz

I’VE GOT SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND.

Digital Arts and New Media 2012
MFA ExhibitionApril 28–29 + May 3–6, 2012 (10–4)Reception: May 4, 2012 (5:30–8:30)Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) UCSCdanm.ucsc.edu/yourmind
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Experience the UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media 2012 MFA Exhibition, I’VE GOT SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND.The Digital Arts and New Media MFA program at UC Santa Cruz presents an exhibition of eleven graduate students whose works employ advanced technologies for creative potential and social impact.The exhibit will be open April 28–29 and May 3–6, 2012 from 10am–4pm.Entitled, I’VE GOT SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND. presents the work of eleven MFA candidates who employ advanced technologies for creative potential. Through storytelling about places, times and players, these artists experiment with digital media to produce unforeseen, imaginative outcomes.On Friday, May 4, 2012 Scott McCloud, renowned artist and author of many books including the comic book “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art,” will speak as part of the Art, Technology and Culture Lecture Series at 4pm, followed by a reception with the artists from 5:30 to 8:30pm.Digital Arts and New Media at UC Santa Cruz is a Master of Fine Arts graduate program where faculty and students create and study digital media arts and their social impact.From its home in the new, state-of-the-art Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), the DANM MFA Program brings together the arts, engineering, the humanities, and the sciences to produce artistic and scholarly research in the context of a broad inquiry into digital arts and cultures.

A critical component of the DANM MFA Program is collaborative, faculty-led research. Students’ core courses explore theory and practice, complemented by a range of electives and opportunities for exhibition. Two years of intensive study culminates in the development of individual thesis papers and projects, which premiere in an annual MFA exhibition. The MFA is a terminal degree in the arts and qualifies graduates for a variety of career paths including university-level teaching and research.

For more information see: danm.ucsc.edu/yourmind. And follow us on Facebook.

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Estonian Academy of Arts

MA programmes in 
Animation and Urban Studies

Application deadlines
MA in Animation: May 15, 2012 / EU students June 10

MA in Urban Studies: May 15, 2012  Estonian Academy of Arts
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Become a master of animation
Estonian Academy of Arts is offering a 2-year Master of Arts in Animation programme to students interested in animation directing and filmmaking.If you are an ambitious and determined artist, with the talent, motivation, and desire to create unique work form new directions and realise your career aspirations as an animation director, this course is ideal. The course combines several disciplines, e.g. animation, scriptwriting, history of animation, and media theory, making the background of this MA programme trans-disciplinary.The coursework mainly concentrates on classical and experimental techniques, i.e. drawing animation, stop motion, cut-outs, sand animation, painting under the camera, etc. In the professional sense, students will direct and produce animated films.The courses are taught by award-winning animation directors and artists Priit Pärn, Olga Pärn, and Ülo Pikkov. Students of the animation department organize the annual festival Animated Dreams, which is part of POFF, the Dark Nights Film Festival, held in Estonia during the dim evenings of Autumn.The whole curriculum is taught in English.
Apply by May 15 (EU students by June 10), 2012 at www.animaster.ee.Urban Studies MA
The urban question permeates all major social, economic, and political developments of today. With increasing complexity on the urban field, we face new demand for knowledge about cities and urban change.The mission of the MA programme in Urban Studies is to grasp the complexity of this situation and to elaborate adequate response at the level of design, policy, and research. The interdisciplinary programme focuses on new analytic methods and design solutions that critically engage with the wide-ranging manifestation of contemporary urbanity.Estonia, an established member state of the EU, provides a fruitful context for a forward-looking education in Urban Studies because of its agile society, advanced technological base, social mobility, and rapid urban change.The focus of Urban Studies is on processes, forms, and uses that shape cities and urban regions. The MA programme is trans-disciplinary, integrating bodies of knowledge of architecture, planning studies, art history, sociology, geography, anthropology, political science, and economics.

The distinctive mark of the MA in Urban Studies is its reliance on theoretically informed action in the field. An important part of the studies consists of semi-realistic design studio projects that engage real actors. In pursuing a creative agenda, the artistic context of the Estonian Academy of Arts is a specific strength of the programme.

Apply by May 15, 2012 at www.artun.ee/admission.
The whole curriculum is taught in English. Find out more at urban.artun.ee.


About Estonian Academy of Arts
Established in 1914, the Estonian Academy of Arts is the only public university in Estonia providing higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture, and conservation. The EAA is striving to become a leading international centre of innovation in the field of visual culture. Currently there are more than 1,200 students enrolled in the Academy, with many participating in exchange programmes at international partner universities. In addition to active study and research activities, the Estonian Academy of Arts also offers lifelong learning opportunities through the Open Academy. The Estonian Academy of Arts collaborates with more than a hundred universities worldwide and belongs to several international higher education networks.

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Creative Arts Masters Platform /
School of Art, Design and Printing Dublin

Creative Arts Masters Platform| MA in Visual and Critical Studies| MA Critical Art Practice| MA Design Practice

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The Creative Arts Masters Platform at DIT brings together the new
MA in Visual & Critical Studies, the new MA in Critical Art Practice and the new MA in Design Practice.Creative Arts Masters Platform
Call for Applications: Deadline April 30th
Programme commences Sept. 2012
Joint Initiative
Jointly delivered by the DIT School of Art Design and Printing and the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM — www.gradcam.ie ) this programme of three new Masters awards brings together the cutting edge of practice, advanced theory and engaged research across art, design and visual & critical studies.New Model of Masters Education
This is a new model of MA Platform that brings together fine art and design practices; taught and research-based learning; practical and theoretical strands of activity; production work and critical/curatorial work; in a way that respects the differences between each of these disciplines and traditions, while forging a common framework of critical dialogue, knowledge- sharing and interdisciplinary exchange between specialists. This is an intense, immersive and demanding new platform for highly motivated critical practitioners and theorists. Each individual Masters student will be expected to participate actively in both the learning community of the Masters programme itself, and in the larger peer-community of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media with its inter-institutional networks of doctoral, post-doctoral, associate researchers, international visiting scholars and global partners.About the Platform
The programme of learning in each MA culminates in the delivery of a major project which can be either practice or theory based, and which can be individually or collaboratively realised.Key features of the new Platform approach are: the integrated delivery of Masters and Doctoral research learning; access to a much wider range of specialist graduate and staff research seminars than is typical at Masters level; access to multiple international networks and exchange opportunities; shared modules mapping the current state of contemporary cultural practice and debate, drawing out the big questions for our particular historical moment by drawing upon the advance knowledge of artists, designers, philosophers, historians, architects, musicians, sociologists, geographers and other creative intellectuals. This programme brings with it an opportunity to interact with a wide range of expertise, ideas and challenges both within and beyond the domain of contemporary art and design. Programme
The MA platform is designed for honours graduates in Fine Art, History of Art, Design, Interactive Design, Curating, Media, Architectureand the Humanities such as Philosophy and English Lit. The MA platform has been developed by the School of Art, Design and
Printing in collaboration with the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM — www.gradcam.ie) which delivers a structured Doctoral programme. The MA platform provides an opportunity to expand, develop and to pursue an inquiry through any one of the three MA programmes integrated by the MA platform.Specialist Options and Cross-cutting Themes
The Platform will provide access to specialist workshops, seminars, lectures, and project work in a number of research themes, with the individual student choosing to focus in one or more areas but having initial access to the full spectrum of ideas and practices, including: Text and Type
Critical typography at the intersection of academic, cultural and professional paradigms for thinking text, type and contexts.Design Participation and Usability
Cultural and social factors in design with a particular focus on participatory culture, networks and ethnographicaly-informed practice.Engaged Citizenship
Design thinking operating in conjunction with the city, its citizenry and its infrastructures.Semiotics and the Visual
The historical and linguistic bases of semiotics insofar as these bear upon, and challenge, models for the interpretation and construction of visual material.

Memory and Material Culture
Memory studies and visual and material culture, interrogating personal, collective, private and public modes of remembrance.

Interpretation, Representation and Criticism
The construction of critique, criticism, and critical practice across disciplines, the distribution of the right to criticism.

Transdisciplinary Practices
The challenge of working across specialisations, the use of participatory, interventionist, collaborative and dialogic modes of working including strategies of image-making and recent documentary practices in contemporary art.

New Creative Masters of Arts Platform
T: +353 – (0)1- 402- 4138
E: artdesignprinting@dit .ie
E: noel .fitzpatrick@dit .ie

This platform is based on a collaborating community of educators and practitioners working in concert to create an ecology of cultural production and enquiry. It brings academics, designers, artists, historians, philosophers, critics and curators together in a way that respects the difference between these practices but recognizes the need for the big ideas and the big challenges to be addressed by communities of enquiry, practice and dialogue.

Some of the key contributors include: Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, Dr.Niamh Ann Kelly, Dr. Ronan McCrea, Dr. Mick Wilson, Tim Stott, Mary Ann Bolger, Clare Bell, Barry Sheehan, Gregor Timlin, Brenda Duggan, Amy Walsh and Brian Fay. InArtist, Netherlands), Kojin Karatani (Philosopher and Literary Critic)Andrew Selby (Loughborough University UK) Prof. Suzanne Buchan (University for the Creative Arts UK), Francis Lowe (Coventry University UK), Björn Franke (RHA, UK) Kristina Ilmonen (Sibelius Academy FI), Susanne Rosenberg (Royal College of Music, Stockholm, SW).

Teaching Team and International Visiting Specialists
What are the aims of the programme? The MA is designed for honours graduates in fine art, design, multimedia, architecture and the humanities and is centered around the development and delivery of a major project which can be either practice or theory based.
Key features of this approach are the integrated delivery of masters and doctoral research methods as well as a special series of lectures providing a survey of key ideas in the study of contemporary cultural practice

How many places are offered each year? 10–15


Where is the programme located? The programme’s lecture and seminar rooms and computer labs are housed in dit mountjoy square. Some seminars will take place in gradcam. 


How do I apply for to the programme? Through the DIT postgraduate website or by contacting the school 


How are applicants selected? By quality of application and by interview 


Can I visit the college to view the facilities? Yes, by prior arrangement with the school office t: +353-(0)1-402-4138 or email: artdesignprinting@dit.ie 

What are the entry requirements? 2.1 Honors primary degree or equivalent
What facilities are available? There are seminar and lecture rooms and computer/internet facilities in DIT Mountjoy square, as well as a designated gallery space in portland row. Dedicated studio space is available during the summer months 


When will I find out ifmy application was successful? The programme chair will contact you. If you are interested in the programme please contact Dr Noel Fitzpatrick — noel.fitzpatrick@dit.ie for an informal discussion.

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Master in Research Architecture at 
the Centre for Research Architecture at 
Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Goldsmiths, University of London
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The Centre for Research Architecture offers graduate students the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of new research paradigms that bring space, politics, media, law, human rights, and art into productive tension with each other. It sets out to question the two separate terms that constitute its name seeking to open up the discipline and praxis of  ‘architecture’—understood as the production of rarefied buildings and urban structures—into a shifting network of ‘spatial practices’ that includes many other forms of intervention. It contests the utilitarian, applied, means-to-ends relation between knowledge and action that is evoked by the term ‘research’ and the artificial opposition between theory and practice it implies. The centre’s mode of operation draws on the vocabularies of urbanism, architecture, environmental studies, science, aesthetics, and philosophy in order to develop spatial practices into an open-ended form of critical inquiry.Projects related to the Centre:
Barbican Salon: Centre for Research ArchitectureMengele’s Skull: The Advent of a Forensic AestheticsCabinet issue on ForensicsVera List Center for Art and Politics presents Forensic Aesthetics: Two Day ForumPublic Workshop with Alice Creischer and Andreas SiekmannThe Forensic Dimensions of Photography. In collaboration with the Photo-Lexic, International Research Group, Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University.The MA programme has been developed to allow members to combine theoretical inquiry with critical spatial production. Lectures, seminars, and workshops equip members with a rigorous grounding in spatial theory. The theoretical course provides a thorough coverage of the historical, philosophical, and technological aspects of the intersection of space, power, and conflict. As with our world-renowned MPhil / PhD track, our MA programme draws a multidisciplinary mix of innovative architects and other spatial practitioners, albeit in the early stages of their careers.Recent Guests and Crit Members
Michel Agier, Graham Harman, Derek Gregory, Teddy Cruz, Thomas Keenan, Renzo Martens, Alice Creischer, Peter Hallward, Fareed Armaly, Ursula Biemann, Hito Steyerl, Grupa Spomenik, China Mieville, Sina Najafi, Irit Rogoff, Alberto Toscano, Boris Buden, Stefano Harney, Gilles Peress, Ewa Domonska, Steve Goodman, Sandro Mezzadra, Maurizio Lazzarato, and more.Centre Team
John Palmesino, Studio Seminar Convener
Adrian Lahoud, MA Coordinator, Conflicts & Negotiations Convener
Andy Lowe, Lecturer
Susan Schuppli, Senior Research Fellow – Forensic Architecture Project
Paulo Tavares, Tutor
Eyal Weizman, Centre DirectorResearch Fellows
Ayesha Hameed, Alessandro Petti, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Thomas Keenan, Anselm Franke, John PalmesinoCall for applications for the 2011-MA Programme are open until the end of Julywww.gold.ac.uk/pg/apply

Additional Information
www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/architecture
www.mara-stream.org

Research Project: Forensic Architecture
www.forensic-architecture.org 

Academic Environment
The Centre for Research Architecture is part of the Department of Visual Cultures, a culturally diverse and intellectually challenging environment for exploring and producing new forms of contemporary art and theoretical practices. The department is well known for its experimental and innovative engagement in the field of visual culture and more broadly within a framework of critical theory, philosophy, and cultural studies. Included are issues of cultural difference, performativity, visual display, aurality, encounters with audiences, spatial practices and the production of subjectivities. As a member of the MA in RA, you will have the opportunity to participate in a weekly lecture programmes, workshops, and other activities organized by the department.

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Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD)

MA Programmes
in Design

Deadline for applications:
11 May 2012
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HEAD – Genève offers two complementary specialisations in the Master of Arts HES-SO in Design:
Spaces and communication
Media Design
Together, they offer a prime field for experimentation with the redefinition of the socio-cultural and imaginary space. Far removed from the conventional idea of the designer as an ingenious service provider solely concerned with the production of useful objects, these programmes defend the creative stance of the autonomous, audacious, critical and inventive designer. Designers of objects, spaces or interactions, media and graphic designers, the students are encouraged to see design in a triumphant perspective that freely annexes the related areas of art, architecture, science, urbanism, … to make them its own.
These two Masters programmes promote an individual stance that finds expression in a wide variety of supports: prototypes, artefacts, simulations, films, models, photographs, games, online projects, interactive systems or life-size productions anchored in reality.Head of Masters Design: Alexandra Midal
Coordination: Victor Durschei
Administration: Tiina Huber
Scientific collaborators: Pascal Berger, Maxime Schoeni
Assistants: Mathieu Bassée, Raphaëlle Mueller, Anh Truong
Technical teaching: Théo Reichel, Pierre Rossel, Daniel Zea
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Spaces and communication
The unique combination offered by the Masters in Spaces and communication corresponds to a new profession of designers as sensitive to the question and the issues of the sign, of graphic identity—of visual communication in all its forms of expression and variety of media—as to the design of space in its broadest sense.
Modifications to the perception and uses of design in the public, commercial, cultural and urban space call for decrypting capabilities and knowledge that unite individual practice and the production processes of the designer and related theory. The diversity of the teaching—workshops, studios, seminars, critical sessions, etc.—emphasises the interrelation between the disciplines of graphic design and spatial design and the link between the disciplines of “doing” and “knowing.” Students assert their ability to question the world around them and to engage in dialogue. They measure the impact of spatial, political and technological modifications on our everyday lives and use them as the starting point for constructive examination, either real or fictional.The recent inauguration of the Design Project Room, an exhibition space at the heart of the university, with a programme of international design, is a nodal axis of our teaching. In association with recognised designers, our students question exhibition formats in order to make concrete proposals.After an introductory workshop, the first year is organised into seminars and numerous workshops led by internationally renowned designers and graphic designers, during which students enhance their knowledge, deploy individual means of expression and establish a creative stance. The second year is devoted to an individual Masters Thesis project.At the end of the two years of studies of this vocational Masters, students will master the design and creation of signifying, commercial or museographic spaces and their resolution on a 1:1 scale, whether functional, critical, self-reflexive, ideological, etc.Professors, Heads of Programme: Tristan Kobler & Barbara Holzer (Zurich)Professors / Visiting Professors / Lecturers: Abäke (Maki Suzuki, graphic designer, London), Bruno Angella (designer, Paris), Berger & Berger (Cyrille Berger, architect, Paris), Claire Brunet (philosopher, ENS-Cachan, Paris), Nitzan Cohen (designer, Munich), matali crasset (designer, Paris), Pierre di Sciullo (graphic designer, Paris), El Ultimo Gritto (Rosario Hurtado et Roberto Feo, designers, London), Pascal Rousseau (art historian, Paris), Moritz Schmid (designer, Zurich), Daria de Seta (architect, Barcelona), Superstudio (Gian-Piero Frassinelli, architect), Noam Toran (designer, London), Eric Troncy (curator and critic, Dijon),…head.hesge.ch/-ESPACES-ET-COMMUNICATION-?lang=en
Media Design
The dissemination of digital technologies and their diverse uses modify design production practices and research and make it possible to discover new fields of application. Design and interactivity thus contribute jointly and significantly to the evolution of the forms, objects, messages and services that characterise the era of technoculture.
At the intersection between creation, the media and innovation, the Masters in Media Design offers a field of experimentation favouring the development of projects in the areas of interaction design, information design, network communication, games, electronic publishing and the design of mobile media.This programme is addressed to Swiss and international students and young professionals involved in visual communication, interactive design, computing or related disciplines.The training combines the approaches to design, tools and expressive potential of emerging technologies with the practice of design. After an introductory workshop, the programme alternates theoretical seminars, courses and work led by internationally renowned contributors. During the first year, students acquire specific expertise in interactive design and establish an individual and prospective approach that they develop over the course of the second year, mainly devoted to the theoretical and practical work of the Masters thesis.The studio project involves the acquisition of design processing skills, creation orientated techniques (electronics and programming languages, prototyping, modelling, animation) and enhanced understanding of digital history and culture, permitting a critical and realistic approach to this domain.On completion of their studies, graduating students can become media and interactive designers, working freelance, in multimedia communication agencies or within structures active in the creative industries or in innovation.Professor, Head of Programme: Daniel Sciboz (Geneva)

Professors / Visiting Professors / Lecturers: James Auger & Jimmy Loizeau (Auger-Loizeau, London), Laurent Bolli (Lausanne), Earlwyn Covington (Paris), Dominique Cunin (Paris), Vera-Maria Glahn & Marcus Wendt (Field, London), Nicholas Haagensen (Trivial Mass Production, Lausanne), Frédéric Kaplan (Lausanne), Lysianne Léchot Hirt (Geneva), Alexandra Midal (Paris), Etienne Mineur (Paris), Nicolas Nova (Near Future Laboratory, Geneva), Julian Oliver (Berlin), Daniel Pinkas (Geneva), Pascal Rousseau (Paris), Camille Scherrer (Lausanne), Annelore Schneider (Geneva/London), Douglas Edric Stanley (Aix-en-Provence)

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Practical information
The teaching is organised into three types of modules:
1. A studio/laboratory, devoted to specific areas of teaching and to carrying out a digital design project (30 ECTS)
2. Optional theoretical and technical classes (30 ECTS)
3. A theoretical and practical Masters thesis (30 ECTS)
Teaching Language: French with additional contributions in English
Duration: Four semesters, October 2012–June 2014
Credits: 90 ECTS
Qualification awarded: Master of Arts HES-SO in Design, major Spaces and communication / major Media Design
Cost of studies: 500 Swiss francs per semester

Required qualifications: Higher education Bachelors degree (HES, Higher education college or university) or equivalent training
Deadline for application: 11 May 2012
Interviews: 5–6 June 2012
Start of the academic year: week of the 17–21 September 2012
Admission requirements, procedures and application forms are available at head.hesge.ch/-MASTER-OF-ARTS-EN-DESIGN-?lang=en

Geneva University of Art and Design
15 Bd James-Fazy, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Phone +41 22 388 51 00
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MFA in Interaction Design: Home

The MFA in Interaction Design program trains students to
research, analyze, prototype, and design concepts in their
business, social, and cultural contexts.

Today, business success depends on the presence of a well-designed, engaging experience, and the new MFA in Interaction Design program explores the strategic role of interaction design in shaping everyday life.

As one of the only graduate-level degrees dedicated to interaction design in the United States, this program trains students to research, analyze, prototype, and design concepts in their business, social, and cultural contexts.

http://interactiondesign.sva.edu/

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DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (MFA)

SCHOOL MAGAZINE

HIGHLIGHTS

The MFA in Design and Technology explores the social and cultural dimensions of technological change.

DESIGN PROCESS AND PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

Today’s designer faces two fundamental challenges: the expanding influence of design within society, and the growing role of technology within design. As a terminal degree, the two-year, 64-credit MFA in Design and Technology (MFA DT) provides a lively and dynamic environment for students to use design research, process, applied theory, and writing to address these challenges. Students push their experimentation beyond the visual: design is seen as a mechanism for developing strategies, knowledge organization, business structures, and social consciousness.

CROSS-DISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION AND LEADERSHIP

From Boot Camp to the final Thesis Symposium, faculty members who are active design practitioners encourage students to pursue forward thinking, creative, commercial, research-based, educational, and art-based career paths. Areas of study include Interaction (mobile, games, web, and installation), Physical Computing (programming code and chip-based applications such as toys, fashion, media in architecture, and performance technology), 2D and 3D Animation, Motion Graphics, and Digital Filmmaking.

Through dynamic collaborations withindustry partners, other universities, and not-for-profit organizations, students make award-wining design projects and have opportunities to exhibit at venues worldwide. As a result, MFA DT alumni are leaders in a variety of groundbreaking innovative enterprises.

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OCAD University

Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design
(MFA, MDes or MA)

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The Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design (IAMD) challenges students to investigate, research, and produce creative works that combine art, design, and interdisciplinary academic study to create new, hybrid forms of visual and social research and creative production. The student’s primary discipline and chosen emphasis between art or design studio practice and theoretical inquiry will determine whether the degree earned is an MFA, MDes, or MA.
The program is available both full-time (five semesters) and part-time (eight to fourteen semesters). Candidates for this program will feel comfortable working in an experimental environment where the outcome of their interdisciplinary efforts is not crystal clear at the outset and where the path of discovery may take them into unexpected places. Upon entering the program they will have strong disciplinary expertise in art, design, media, art history, visual culture or a related discipline, plus an appropriate undergraduate degree and several years of practical experience. They will be interested in augmenting their existing skills through a program of study that facilitates the use of research, collaboration and practice models to reframe a problem in the interest of creating innovative interdisciplinary responses. This will entail deepening their expertise in their primary discipline in tandem with acquiring knowledge/skills in a secondary discipline and integrating one with the other in the creation of a significant body of studio-based work and critical/theoretical writing at the Master’s level.
The program aims to achieve these objectives through a course of study that includes: a) intensive graduate level directed study in the student’s primary and secondary disciplines; b) seminars in critical theory and research methods; and c) elective courses, culminating in either a major studio project supported by a written critical analysis (leading to the MFA or MDes degree) or a standard academic Master’s thesis accompanied by a minor creative project (leading to the MA degree).
Application deadline: January 16, 2012
OCAD University – 135 Years of Imagination
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca/gradstudies
For more information, contact:
Gale Allen
Office of Graduate Studies
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OCAD University

Now Accepting Applications:
MA Program in Contemporary Art, Design and
New Media Art Histories at OCAD University

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MA Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art HistoriesThe MA program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories prepares students to investigate the breadth and complexity of today’s creative cultural activity. Artists and designers in the 21st century often employ unconventional and hybrid strategies that can challenge traditional forms of analysis. Examinations of contemporary art, new media and design therefore require flexible and creative conceptual approaches. Through historical contextualization, scholarly rigour, and cross-disciplinary methods, this program supports the production of pioneering research into newly emerging art and design practices.This unique and innovative academic program offers students three fields of specialization:

  • Contemporary Art History
  • Design History
  • New Media Art History

Because they all draw from the discipline of art history and share analytical techniques, theory and terminology, these three fields form a complementary affiliation. Yet they also bear their own distinctiveness, which will be emphasized in field-specific seminars and independent study. While students may take courses in any of the specializations, one field will be selected as the focus for the degree.

Key Features:

  • Small, personalized program
  • Only university to offer this trio of specializations
  • Diverse and actively engaged faculty
  • Dynamic hub of experimentation
  • Scholarships and teaching assistantships
  • Location in downtown Toronto

Application deadline: January 16, 2012

OCAD University – 135 Years of Imagination
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca/gradstudies

For more information, contact:
Gale Allen
Office of Graduate Studies
416-977-6000 Ext. 423 or gradstudies@ocadu.ca

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University of California at Santa Cruz

SocDoc:
M.A. in Social Documentation
Call for Applications

Graduate Program in Social Documentation
Film + Digital Media Department
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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socdoc@ucsc.edu
socdoc.ucsc.eduApplication Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2012
Soc Doc Fall Visit Day at UC Santa Cruz:  Monday, November 14, 2011
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MA/MSc in Creating Social Media

What does social media look like after recent events in North Africa and the UK? What will you create? This unique theory/practice programme combines computing and cultural studies to provide you with the practical and critical skills to shape the future of social media.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Graduate Admissions Events

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Consistently ranked in the top three fine arts graduate programs by U.S. News and World Reportthe School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) encourages investigation that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and experimental, and our graduate programs prepare you for innovative thinking and making.Join us for these upcoming graduate admission events:Graduate Design Open House
Graduate Open House
Graduate Portfolio Day
Graduate SAIC Days in your areaSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
Graduate Admissions
36 S. Wabash, suite 1201
Chicago, IL 60603
800.232.7242 | 312.629.6100www.saic.eduGRADUATE DESIGN OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MacLean Center Ballroom
112 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites you to learn more about the following graduate design offerings:Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture with Emphasis in Interior Architecture
Master of Design in Designed Objects
Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body and Garment
Master of Science in Historic Preservation
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Communication DesignRSVP for SAIC’s Graduate Design Open House at www.saic.edu/grevents  or 312.629.6100 orgradmiss@saic.edu
GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MacLean Center Ballroom
112 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites you to learn more about the following graduate design offerings:Master of Fine Arts in Writing
Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy
Master of Arts in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism
Dual Degree: Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy and Master of Arts in Modern Art History,  Theory, and Criticism
Master of Arts in Art Education
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism
Master of Arts in Visual and Critical StudiesRSVP for SAIC’s Graduate Open House at www.saic.edu/grevents or 312.629.6100 or gradmiss@saic.edu
GRADUATE PORTFOLIO DAY
Sunday, November 6, 2011 12:00–4:00 p.m.School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MacLean Center
112 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603Bring your portfolio and speak with SAIC faculty and admissions staff. Get feedback on your work, or just ask questions about graduate study at the nation’s most influential art and design school.For more information, please visit www.saic.edu/grevents
No registration required.GRADUATE SAIC DAYS
These events are designed to bring SAIC faculty, admissions and administrative staff to your area to meet with prospective students, to present curricula and facilities, to feature graduate students’ experiences, and to answer questions about the admissions process.Join us in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle

For more information and to RSVP, visit www.saic.edu/grevents

Ready to apply?
For more information about application requirements and to apply online, visit www.saic.edu/gradapp or call 800.232.7242 or 312.629.6100 to talk to a graduate admission counselor.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally and regionally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC’s educational philosophy is built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances.

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European School of Visual Arts

Call for Applications
Masters 1 programs

Application deadline:
31 August 2011www.eesi.eu
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 “Comic strip” Research Masters programThe Masters program in Comic strip, which is run by the European School of Visual Arts (ÉESI) and the University of Poitiers in partnership, offers a forum for creative production, reflection and professionalization centered on comic strips and the related domains of illustration, animation and digital media. This course combines the practical and theoretical aspects of art school with research carried out in a university environment, with input from the leading authorities and specialists in this field. The students will pursue a research program in the field of graphic narrative, combining at least two of the following three specializations:
– the implementation of a creative concept (artistic project)
– conducting research into contemporary techniques in comic strip art or into the history of these techniques (scientific project)
– the implementation of an original publishing concept including all the artistic, technical, legal and commercial aspects (publishing project)
“Interactive Arts” Research Masters program
The Interactive Arts Masters program, which is run by the European School of Visual Arts (ÉESI) and the University of Poitiers in partnership, is aimed at students from either the arts or the sciences in order to establish both a theoretical and practical culture.This Masters program is unique in Europe and provides an artistic and epistemological training for students who have a study project in the field of interactive arts. The Masters program will enable them to acquire:– a high level of competence in a specialization (arts and interactivity, epistemology, the history of science, cybernetics, the history and culture of techniques, cognitive sciences, phenomenology, image/text relationships, digital devices in film making and in live performances, cinematography, data bases, interactive writing and multimedia…)– independent research, with the possibility of developing a project falling within the main spheres of the FORELL and XLIM/SIC laboratories at the University of Poitiers, the SLIDERS lab and Pixmen at the European School of Visual Arts (ÉESI) or the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) to which they will also be affiliated.For further Information, please contact:
Charlotte Martin

c.martin@eesi.eu
00 33 (0) 5 45 92 02 22

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University for the Creative Arts, Rochester

University for the Creative Arts, Rochester
MA Photography
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

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This MA course approaches photography as an expanded visual discipline. Students are encouraged to produce professional grade work as well as engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making. Our facilities and course ethos help students develop flexible modes of practice that respond to the diverse and varied field of contemporary photography. The course addresses the creative process of developing and realising a major body of work paying attention to research, exhibition and publication. 

Graduates have gone on to win the Jerwood Photography prize, to exhibit their work in the Photographer’s Gallery, London, the Royal Academy, Photofusion, Artsway and the Geffyre Museum as well as publishing in The Sunday Times magazine. Recent graduates have succeeded in numerous international festivals, including Project Launch, Center Santa Fe, PhotoforumPasqArt, Switzerland and Emergent Lleida, Spain. Graduates have also gone on PhD study and to teach in many different national and international institutions.

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MA/MSc in Creating Social Media

What does social media look like after recent events in North Africa and the UK? What will you create? This unique theory/practice programme combines computing and cultural studies to provide you with the practical and critical skills to shape the future of social media.

Length:
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Applying:
Please note: Your reference might be academic or related to your practical experience. For entry in year 2011 please apply now, references can follow although they must be with us before your offer can be confirmed.Application deadline: 20 August.
Please see How to apply.
Entrance requirements:
You should have a degree of at least upper second class standard, or an experiential background in a relevant subject. If your first language is not English, you normally need a minimum overall score of 7.0 in IELTS and must score 7.0 or higher in the written part of the test. Find out more about our English Language requirements.
Funding:
The first 20 successful applicants to MA/MSc Creating Social Media in the 2011/12 academic year will automatically receive a CAST Innovation Scholarship celebrating the research centre’s launch. These scholarships are for both Home/EU and International students and are individually awarded in the sum of £2,000 for Home/EU and £4,150 for International students.With the CAST Innovation Scholarship, the Tuition Fees for the 2011/12 academic year are £9,950 for International students and £6,950 for Home/EU students.
Careers:
Careers in the social media sector include web or mobile designer, web programmer, head of digital, community editor, online editor/managing editor, or project manager. You might work as a social media analyst or consultant. Or you might find yourself founding a start-up.
Skills:
Software development, including coding and data skills; social process analysis and design; research methods; software and social media analysis and design; project development and management.
Fees:
Please see Tuition fees.
Staff research interests:
Please see Staff research interests.
Find out more:
Cultural Studies or contact Dan McQuillan or Goetz Bachmann
About the departments:
Centre for Cultural Studies, Computing

The MA/MSc is a collaborative theory/practice programme across the Department of Computing and the Centre for Cultural Studies, and is part of the newly launched Centre for Creative and Social Technologies.

Based on global examples, you will explore the technological and intellectual questions that have risen to prominence with the social web, including Facebook and Twitter. You will critique existing approaches and tools, and plan, develop, hack and implement ground-breaking applications and campaigns. You will not only analyse: you will create.

What is next after social networking? New social media platforms, at their best, develop new online forms of connecting, relating, sharing and competing. Effective and innovative social media creation, therefore, involves deep theoretical and practical knowledge of both software development and social processes.

You will learn how to develop and hack social media software, how social worlds operate, how software tools enable different forms of social practice, and how new social media projects can be launched successfully. You will accelerate the impact of social media in your chosen field.

You will become proficient in

  • Computing skills in software development for new social media platforms, mashups, apps, and tools. This includes both coding and data skills, and a hacker approach
  • Theories of social processes and in methods to research them.
  • Adapting social media to a variety of technological contexts and to the needs of specific communities
  • Surfacing the assumptions and limitations embedded in software
  • Critically assessing contemporary discourses about social media and social change
  • Project managing social media ventures, and keeping users included at all stages
  • Creating social media interventions that address social processes in new ways.

What you study

In the Digital Sandbox, you will develop, code and hack practical projects at a rapid rate. If you do not yet have a background in computing, you take part in a one-month Digital Boot Camp before the course starts. In Mediating the Social you gain practical experience of online and offline social worlds and the theoretical tools to understand them. In Software Studies, you learn how to read and critique software from a Cultural Studies perspective. Digital Research Methods enables you to scrape and analyse online data. Digital Case Studies brings you first hand accounts of projects in industry, NGOs and social enterprises. An Innovation Internship will lead to a project developed in close cooperation with one of our innovation partners. You can take one further option, for example in Media Philosophy. Your final project will be either a practical or a more theoretical investigation, leading to an MSc or an MA.

Assessment

Practical project portfolio, research lab and seminar participation, essays, exam, final project.

Application enquiries

Please see how to apply for information on applying to this programme.

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Staffordshire University  ‘Master of Arts by Negotiated Study’ (MANS)

MA Modern Continental Philosophy
Introduction to the continental philosophy graduate programmeThe Department of Philosophy offers an innovative and flexible programme of study leading to the Master of Arts degree. Masters level postgraduate study here takes place within the ‘Negotiated Study’ framework (see below).In addition, the Department also offers supervision for the degrees of MPhil and PhD in Modern Continental Philosophy in the areas of research specialism of staff. The Department also contributes to the rare opportunity to study for a PhD in Fine Art and Philosophy. Please see: Research Degrees.The Master of Arts programme is designed to bring participants to a rich understanding of some of the most exciting figures and topics in recent European thought. The MA provides an excellent grounding in the dominant themes of modern Continental philosophy – e.g. time, subjectivity and inter-subjectivity, ethics and otherness, hermeneutics, differential ontologies, sexual difference, and deconstruction. At the same time, the programme allows abundant flexibility in both the taught courses and independent research, allowing students to pursue their own interests, including inter-disciplinary work across the Humanities subjects and beyond. Ours is primarily intended to be a research MA programme, designed for students who have a strong (though not necessarily fixed) sense of their own philosophical interests and what the topic of their dissertation is likely to be. Designed to consolidate and enhance students’ knowledge of modern philosophy, the MA provides an excellent foundation for doctoral (Ph.D.) work in philosophy.The Master of Arts by Negotiated Study frameworkOur Masters programme is offered under the umbrella of the ‘Master of Arts by Negotiated Study’ (MANS). This is essentially a modularised (i.e. broken up into indivdually credit-rated units) Masters by research. This means that we expect you to have ideas for an overall research project at the time of application. Then, once you are accepted, you will first refine this project, and break it down into managable elements. Your MA then consists completing each of these elements, leading up to the completion of a a final project.This framework allows students in philosophy to (i) customise their course of study to an unprecedented extent, perhaps focusing on a particular philosophical theme in preparation for a PhD project, or pursuing an interdisciplinary line of inquiry (for example, the relation of philosophy and art, or literature, film, social theory, etc.); (ii) choose a unique degree title; (iii) study in part-time or full-time modes, and to easily change between them as circumstances dictate.Here’s how it works: A Masters degree comprises 180 credits, equivalent to three semesters of full-time study. This is a busy 12 months, or up to several years in part-time mode. On the philosophy programme within the MANS framework, these credits are divided into three overlapping stages.

  • First, a set of research methods courses (we call them ‘modules’): Approaches to Flexible Learning and Research Methods Seminar. These two total 30 credits; they would normally be among the first modules you take. These modules make considerable use of distance learning so your schedule is kept as flexible as possible.
  • Second, a set of three modules the content of which is negotiated. These modules total 90 credits, and represent the ‘elements’ of your overall project, that should lead up to the final dissertation. ‘Negotiated’ means that the content and assessed outcomes are determined by agreement between you and the University. The content could include any of the several weekly classes we run each semester (or which can be found in other Departments), or it could include other events such as a reading group, a conference/ speaker here or elsewhere, or a research visit to an archive. Likewise, the outcome of these modules is negotiated. The outcome must fit in with and further both your philosophical development, and the on-going research for your final project. The ‘default’ outcome is a philosophical essay of approximately 6-7000 words. However, depending upon the needs of your overall project, it could also be a sustained critical literature review, writing and delivering a conference paper, producing and documenting works of fine art, conducting an interview with a prominent philosopher, a work-placement, or any number of other possibilities.
  • Third, a dissertation, on a subject of your choice, that follows on from your earlier work. The dissertation is a single, sustained research project designed to demonstrate your new command of philosophical thought. It is rated at 60 credits, and is normally a piece of work approximately 14 to 18 thousand words in length.

You could graduate with a degree that means something and stands out from the crowd. For example, Master of Arts in Philosophy and European Social Theory, Philosophy and Fine Art Photography, Ethics and Critical Philosophy, or Hermeneutics and Literature, etc.

However, given this greater degree of choice, we need to ensure the overall academic coherence of your choices. To this end, as mentioned above, you are asked to have thought about your plans as part of your application process. Your individual Masters programme will require negotiation between you and the course committee. This negotiation takes the form of a ‘learning contract’ that details, plans and justifies the coherence of your overall programme. The drafting of this learning contract is the main requirement of the Approaches to Flexible Learning module. However, the contract is not rigid: if a new and exciting learning opportunity arises, or if on the basis of background work your sense of the final project needs to change, you can ‘renegotiate’ the contract in order to keep the intellectual coherence of your plans up to date.

An Example

This example is based upon the work our students have done over the past few years.

Suppose you wanted to pursue the following theme: The concept of critique in recent continental european thought. You planned this investigation in the Approaches module. In Research Methods you performed a background study of the polysemy of the concept of ‘critique’. Then, you wrote sustained essays on:

Nietzsche as a critical philosopher
Heidegger’s Kant and the hermeneutics of understanding
The notion of the a priori in recent French materialism

Your dissertation was: ‘Foucault and the Historical Constitution of Knowledge’

Finally, you agreed with the University that you would be awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Recent European Critical Philosophy.

What We Offer

Here is a brief record of the kinds of study opportunities available in the Department in the coming and in previous years. As a postgraduate you would be encouraged to participate in these, and perhaps also use them as the ‘content’ of one of the negotiated components of your MA.

Postgraduate Academic Programme 09-10

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Postgraduate Academic Programme for 07-8

Postgraduate Academic Programme for 06-7

Postgraduate Academic Programme for 05-6

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Rhode Island School of Design

STEM to STEAM

SAVE THE DATE
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
3:00-4:00 PMRhode Island School of Design in cooperation with 
Representative Jim Langevin (RI-2) presents:STEM to STEAM:A briefing on kickstarting the national innovation agenda by strengthening STEM education with Art and Designrisd.edu
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Rayburn House Office Building
Gold Room (2168)
Washington DCThe speaking agenda will include a presentation by RISD President John MaedaSpace is limited.
Please RSVP to Matthew Bengochea: mbengoch@risd.edu / 401-454-6743 by June 17
For more information, please contact Kirtley Fisher in Representative Langevin’s office: kirtley.fisher@mail.house.gov/ 202-225-2735About STEAM: America’s ongoing focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as an essential component of national innovation needs art and design to gain STEAM. STEM + Art = STEAM. Artists and designers humanize technology, making it understandable and capable of bringing about societal change. The studio method that is the hallmark of arts education teaches the flexible thinking and risk-taking that is needed in today’s complex and dynamic world.  The tools and methods of design offer new models for creative problem-solving and interdisciplinary partnership, introducing innovative practices of design thinking into STEM education and research. To realize this potential, scientists, artists and designers must develop new ways of working together and new modes of research and education.About RISD: Rhode Island School of Design [RISD] has earned a worldwide reputation as the preeminent college of art and design in the United States. Today, with more than 26,000 alumni, RISD enrolls nearly 2,000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from the U.S. and almost 50 countries, offering degree programs in the fine arts, architecture, design disciplines and art education. Academic programs include research and design initiatives, the exploration of art criticism and contemporary cultural concerns, as well as international exchange programs. Each year hundreds of prominent artists, designers, critics and cultural leaders visit RISD’s Providence campus.
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