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New MA in Socially Engaged Art at NCAD

Date posted: 30 May 2013

A new two year taught Masters in Socially Engaged Art (Further, Adult and Community Education) will commence at NCAD in September 2013. The MA will focus on the dynamic relationship between socially engaged arts practice and pedagogy, particularly within further education, non-formal educational and community settings, with an embedded qualification to teach in the FE sector (subject to Teaching Council accreditation).

Socially engaged art practice is an artistic practice that requires a meaningful interaction with communities of place and/or interest and with broader social or political intentions at its core. Socially engaged art practice includes collaborative, community based, process based, public and dialogic practices that rely on social intercourse and exchange. The Faculty of Education has built strong relationships within the community and voluntary sector where many artists position themselves. This course acknowledges distinct differences between artists’ initiatives and curriculum led programmes of art, but recognises that socially engaged art practices draw on a range of methodologies that have the potential to inform discourse in education.

This MA will provide an opportunity for students to engage in a two year programme of study. The new course builds on and replaces the GDip in Community/Arts/Education which has been in existence for ten years. The MA will attract students from a range of disciplines who want to immerse themselves in a trans-disciplinary enquiry. Applicants should have a Level 8 (BA Hons) degree in art or design or in another discipline altogether but with a personal and demonstrable commitment to the arts in social contexts.

For further information, please visit http://www.ncad.ie/postgraduate/faculty-of-education/ma-in-socially-engaged-art/

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