[artinfo] MA programme Media Arts, Manchester, UK

Andrea Zapp zapp at snafu.de
Wed Jul 5 01:56:19 CEST 2006

still open for applications:

MA Media Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University
School of Art and Design/MIRIAD

Inventive Experiments - Creative Analysis - Critical Discussion

- focusing on digital film, video and photography, audio-visual and 
networked installation contexts, Internet projects, interactive and 
telepresent formats of narratives.
- encouraging students to test and develop new forms of content and 
through audience involvement and innovative aesthetics.
- defining media and digital technology through state-of-the-art 
projects and related
theory as a constantly changing field of artistic expression.

The route recruits students from various backgrounds but with a 
practical working knowledge of media and image based technology and 
software together with a strong interest in artistic experiments.

Students will work with artists, tutors and research active staff in 
the above areas of screen media, networks or installation, and 
collaborate with the media and computer studios at the School of Art 
and Design.

International visiting artists will inform about their individual 
media art practices - as part of a lecture series organized by REACT 
(Research Engine in Art and Creative Technology, a joint PhD and 
research platform between The University of Salford and MMU). Invited 
artists include Jill Scott, Ken Goldberg, Cornelia Sollfrank, Luc 
Courchesne, Stelarc, Margarete Jahrmann, Toshio Iwai, Rafael 
Lozano-Hemmer, Christa Sommerer/Laurent Mignonneau and others.

Students are expected to study intensively and independently to 
prepare for a professional engagement with a broader cultural and 
artistic community at a national and international level, or for the 
pursuance of further academic research.

One year full-time/two year part-time programme of practice based 
research, start October 2006.

Special Features

The degree is part of the Manchester Institute for Research and 
Innovation in Art & Design, MIRIAD, and embedded in a seminar and 
teamwork programme on contemporary issues in art and design, designed 
to develop and share research methodologies, ideas and experiences 
with the other routes and to understand and imply critical theory. 
There is a supporting programme of work in progress seminars and 
reading groups to which staff, students and visitors contribute. The 
University library houses one of the best Art & Design libraries 
outside London with specialist research collections in this field. 
There are also reading rights at the Universities of Manchester and 
Salford. Within the Faculty of Art & Design, workshop facilities for 
MIRIAD are wide-ranging with excellent provision of wood, metal, 
print, printmaking, photography, textiles, ceramics, glass, foundry, 
sound, TV, DV and IT. Facilities, including studio spaces have been 
recognized as excellent by the national Quality Assurance Agency.

Manchester itself as well as the region of England's North West 
provide an inspiring and vibrant professional community with renowned 
media and art centres like the Cornerhouse, Cube Gallery or Urbis in 
Manchester, FACT in Liverpool, Folly in Lancaster and many others; 
hosting major events like the British Art Show, FutureSonic, 
Liverpool Biennial or most recently StoryRooms, an international 
networked media art exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry 
in collaboration with MMU and the Arts Council England/North West.

Further information on the MA programme can be found under
to request an application pack please mail
miriadadmissions at mmu.ac.uk

for more information mail Andrea Zapp
a.zapp at mmu.ac.uk

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