Art and Design MRes
Modes of study: Full Time (1 year) & Part Time (2 years)
Start date: September
Expected Intake: 8 per year
- The programme
- Supporting information
- Entry requirements
- Finance and fees
- How to apply
- Employment and careers
- LJMU and Liverpool
At a glance
- Develop your work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within the modern, purpose-built and RIBA award-winning Art and Design Academy in the heart of Liverpool’s knowledge Quarter on Mount Pleasant
- Direct links with Liverpool’s most significant arts organisations, such as TATE Liverpool, Biennial, FACT and design agencies Uniform, Smiling Wolf and Non-Conform
- A valuable foundation for progression to PhD level study
- Enhanced career opportunites through working with arts organisation, networking and collaboration
This Master's in Research programme will equip you with a range of knowledge and skills for undertaking and completing an independent research project. Its structure, content and approach emerge from LJMU’s commitment to research and interdisciplinary study of the practice, production, interpretation and reception and of art works and written texts both historical and contemporary.
Through the programme you will develop a range of critical and analytical skills that are relevant to the discipline of research in art and design. You will also acquire more general skills in scholarly presentation, communication, documentation and evaluation of ideas appropriate to work at postgraduate level. Working more independently will give you practical experience in honing your organisational skills but also greater opportunity for creative and innovative thinking than undergraduate study may have allowed.
Our dynamic, professional and experienced staff excel in innovative and exciting research which in turn contributes to the contemporary teaching and learning methods you will experience here. Our working relationships with Merseyside arts organisations and employers may also benefit your academic, and personal and career development.
Research in the School includes: contemporary art and design practice, international art, sound and the visual arts, art history, curatorial practice, art and creative technologies, environmental art, contemporary printmaking, illustration, and urban architecture. We are also particularly interested in interdisciplinary methodologies.
Staff in the School of Art and Design includes four Professors and six Readers and all are active in research.
Why study this course at LJMU?
The Masters of Research gives you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in Art and Design at postgraduate level, under the guidance of specialist supervision and amongst a diverse community of fellow researchers. It provides you with a valuable foundation for progressing to PhD while helping you develop skills of research, analysis, conceptualisation and argument that are highly prized in many areas of employment. The course also aims to equip you with the full range of research training that is demanded by the AHRC for grants given to doctoral researchers.
Introduction to the School
The Liverpool School of Art and Design provides an ideal environment for you to expand your knowledge, horizons and opportunities, leading you to a broad range of careers. Our dynamic, professional and experienced staff excel in innovative and exciting research which in turn contributes to the contemporary teaching and learning methods you will experience here. You will join a warm and friendly learning community, offering excellent learning resources and first class student support. Our working relationships with Merseyside arts organisations and employers may benefit you in your academic and personal and career development.
Staff research interests
Research in the Liverpool School of Art and Design includes: contemporary art and design practice, international art, sound and the visual arts, art history, curatorial practice, art and creative technologies, environmental art, contemporary printmaking, illustration, and urban architecture. We are also particularly interested in interdisciplinary methodologies.
Staff in the School of Art and Design includes four Professors and six Readers and all are active in research. Research in Art and Design was submitted successfully in the RAE2001 and RAE2008.
How will I be assessed?
The MRes award indicates formal training in research methods. It is a qualification in its own right, equivalent to a modular Masters degree on a taught programme. It can also operate as the base from which a doctoral programme (PhD) is mounted. Students successfully completing are eligible to apply for PhD direct without undergoing the normal MPhil registration and subsequent transfer application to PhD.
A variety of assessment methods include illustrated oral presentations, preparation for coursework, group and individual research projects. Key skills are monitored in the student’s use of IT, research methods, ability work as part of a team, enhanced essay writing technique, ability to give oral presentations, compile reports, write reviews, maintain reflective practice journals and prepare documents to a high standard of presentation. In terms of personal skills students will have gained in confidence and expertise, they will have learned how to manage their time effectively and to organise their work. The final Research Project also includes the opportunity for students, where appropriate, to curate their own exhibition, to produce a practical portfolio or exhibition and to submit a body of creative work.
What do past and present students say about the course?
"After working for a number of years as an assistant curator, I had the long term aim of enrolling as a PhD student. The year long course enabled me to test ideas, develop research skills and lay the ground work for doctoral research in a supportive and creative environment. Particularly valuable was the opportunity to develop a research project over the whole year, the demystifying of the world of academic conferences and publications, and the extremely high quality of dissertation supervision I received. A section of my MRes dissertation has been accepted for publication, something that would not have happened without the advice and encouragement of my supervisor. Towards the end of completion of the course I was offered a PhD scholarship at Cardiff School of Art. The MRes was key to being able to demonstrate my ability as a researcher and establish my suitability for doctoral study."
Laura Gray, PhD Student, Centre for Ceramics Research, Cardiff School of Art.
The programme offers an avenue into research for individuals from a range of backgrounds including: students with a first degree but with no training in research methods, employees in the cultural industries who seek a formal training in relevant research techniques, and international students. The MRes. programme is open to both full-time and part-time, home and overseas students.
Generally students should have a good first degree in a visual arts related subject, although applications from students with other degrees will be considered Where English is not a first language, an IELTS score of at least 7 must be achieved.
Application and Selection
Applicants must complete the online application and provide evidence of previous qualifications.
We also require a personal statement and a clearly written research proposal. The Research proposal should be approximately 1,000 words.
Applications submitted prior to this date will be held on file until shortlisting takes place.
Will I be interviewed?Selection is made on the basis of the application form, but staff usually meet with prospective students to discuss the programme before they submit an application. However, we recognise that some overseas applicants will not be able to attend in person.
Tuition fees for full-time home and EU students for the academic year 2013-2014 are £3,700. Part time fees are charged by the number of credits you are registered for per annum, at a rate of £20.50 per credit.
Tuition fees for International students for the academic year 2013-2014 are £12,040. Students residing in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are classified as international students for fee purposes.
Home and EU student fees can be paid in full or by instalments throughout the academic year. International students must pay 50% to enrol and the remaining balance within 4 months of enrolment.
Securing funding is one of the main hurdles you may have to face when considering Postgraduate study. However there is help available and you may be able to apply for funding from the sources below.
This will normally be from a bank. The most popular of these is a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). These loans are from £300 to £10,000 in value and can be used to cover up to 80% of your course fees. Further Information from www.direct.gov.uk and look for PCDL
Charities and Trusts
Trusts and charities can offer assistance to some students. Eligibility for these trusts and charities vary enormously. Your local library will have a section of books and directories of grant making trusts.
Research councils may provide support for recognised postgraduate courses. Their websites offers useful information regarding the support and funding opportunities on offer. Competition for this type of funding can be very strong. For more information about Research Councils visit: www.rcuk.ac.uk
You need to be aware that most PG courses do not attract statutory funding. The ones that do attract statutory support (grants and/or loans) that we offer at LJMU are:
- PGCE courses , for more information please vist www.directgov.co.uk and www.tda.gov.uk
- MA social work for which an NHS bursary is payable to some students. For more information please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
- PG dip in Architecture
Advice and support at LJMU
LJMU offers a Postgraduate bursary of £500 to students who go from an undergraduate course to study a taught PG course. For further information and eligibility see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/117585.htm
LJMU employs a team of staff that are experts in fees and funding who can offer advice based upon your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057, or email email@example.com for guidance and support.
How to apply
Please apply via the online application form
LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.
LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
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Employment and careers
The programme enables you to gain valuable transferable skills of research, analysis, interpretation, presentation, teamwork, and initiative which are of lifelong value. Students may also gain from experience of working with arts organisations, networking and collaboration.
As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.
LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.
Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.
LJMU offers a superb environment for postgraduate study and top level research.
Whether you are studying on a taught master's course or embarking on a research degree, LJMU offers you a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and round-the-clock access to extensive resources.
Our research environment is rated as 'world-leading' in a majority of our subjects and all of our postgraduate programmes are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry.
It is this combination of academic expertise and 'real world' experience that ensures LJMU's courses have real currency with potential employers and why over 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study six months after they graduate (HESA 2010).
We believe this expertise – coupled with world-class academic standards – 75% of LJMU's research is rated as internationally important – puts us in a league of our own.
To find out more about our postgraduate courses and research opportunities plus the range of facilities and support we offer, click on the links opposite.
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