[artinfo] Master of Research in Creative Practices at Glasgow School of Art

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Master of Research in Creative Practices


This forward-thinking Masters programme offers an opportunity to 
reflect on your academic work and practices in a mixed disciplinary 
environment that creates imaginative inter-connections and opens new 
potentials. On the Master of Research in Creative Practices at 
Glasgow School of Art, academic enquiry and the many forms of 
creative expression are examined in the wider context of social, 
historical, cultural and theoretical discourse. Students consider 
their place in the wider world, and are encouraged to look at common 
concerns through a variety of lenses.

Our regular staff contributors cover a rich mix of intellectual 
traditions and themes in critical, historical and philosophical 
enquiry, as well as cultures of art, design, archiving, and 
architecture. In addition to this we invite experts from creative 
industries, and site some sessions in museums, or in and around the 

A 12-month taught postgraduate degree, the MRes serves as a 
stand-alone Masters qualification or as pre-doctorate training in 
research methodology. In stages one and two, leading to postgraduate 
certificate and postgraduate diploma respectively, students acquire a 
strong base in traditional research processes and engage with a 
variety of theoretical and cultural discourse. Successful completion 
of stages one and two leads to the Masters project, undertaken under 
the guidance of an individual supervisor. 

Peer learning and dialogue are key factors in the year via group 
crits and seminars; there are also individual tutorials with theory 
and practice based staff. The experience of the MRes in Creative 
Practices leads to a variety of outcomes for different individuals. 
These have included PhD studies, professional research projects, 
crossing over into different disciplines, expanding ones field of 
practice, or simply returning to established practice with more 

Applications are invited from art school graduates of all 
disciplines, as well as graduates of art history, education, 
literature, and other arts and humanities fields. Interdisciplinarity 
and intercultural outlooks are key factors-your input will complete 
the thorough curriculum we provide.

We welcome you to examine your academic and creative practice anew.

Programme calendar and how to apply
The programme runs from September to September in a 12-month 
completion cycle. Part time places are also available. 

Application is by GSA application form + a 500-word research proposal 
for a potential stage three project + a portfolio as appropriate to 

NB: As the MRes is a multidisciplinary programme, the term 
"portfolio" applies to a variety of possibilities, such as images of 
visual art, design, architecture, theatre, as well as samples of 
academic papers, creative writing, presentations on education and 
community projects, etc. 

Interviews are held at intervals from January to mid-August. Places 
are filled as interviews progress, and early application is advised.

Application information can be found 

Past and current student projects are 
on Flickr.
of GSA Graduate Exhibition in Herald Scotland.

Programme Leader, Master of Research in Creative Practices:
Ranjana Thapalyal, <mailto:r.thapalyal at gsa.ac.uk>r.thapalyal at gsa.ac.uk
Head of Graduate School: Dr. Madeleine Sclater, 
<mailto:M.Sclater at gsa.ac.uk>M.Sclater at gsa.ac.uk
Graduate School Adminsitrative Officer: Phyllis Mullan, 
<mailto:p.mullan at gsa.ac.uk>p.mullan at gsa.ac.uk

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