[artinfo] MA Media Arts, Manchester, UK

Inke Arns inke.arns at snafu.de
Sat Mar 18 23:20:51 CET 2006

Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 09:09:42 +0000
From: Andrea Zapp <zapp at snafu.de>
Subject: MA Media Arts, Manchester, UK

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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 storytelling
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, 
applications accepted throughout spring/summer.

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 
recognised 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

Route Leader Andrea Zapp
a.zapp at mmu.ac.uk

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