Art in Science

Art in Science MA

Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £5,950
Home cost per credit: £33.00
International full time annual tuition fee: £11,630

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Course type

MA

School

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Art and Science are often seen as two different entities with very separate ideas of what constitutes research. The MA Art in Science at Liverpool School of Art and Design aims to bring together artists and scientists to explore collaborative approaches in Art and Science research and practice. From anatomy to algorithms, pixels to performance, science to semiotics, the programme supports creative curiosity, in partnership with experts across the University and beyond.

  • Enrol on an innovative programme, collaboratively developed with academic experts across a number of disciplines that include: Art and Design, Sports Science, Public Health, Evolutionary Anthropology, Astrophysics, Technology and Museum Practice
  • Enjoy access to a number of different established research centres across Liverpool John Moores University
  • Explore the relationship between art and science, including the historical and theoretical connections between art and science as cultures and practices, and understand how these ideas translate into contemporary experiences
  • Develop real world skills on a programme unique to the UK and decide which areas of art and science you wish to investigate as you progress through the programme
  • Explore Art/Science project briefs in unexpected forms
  • Liverpool School of Art and Design offers a unique collaborative environment for postgraduate students. VIDEO: Hear about postgraduate research from the Director of School
  • See examples of student projects on the Liverpool School of Art and Design postgraduate website

The programme aims to provide a range of learning experiences that will act as critical context for intellectual and professional development within the context of Art and Science

This programme facilitates discussion and interaction between subjects that have traditionally been studied in isolation. This provides an opportunity for innovation, inspiration and critical creativity and encourages students to produce transdisciplinary work that may have a real world benefit to society

Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director, Liverpool School of Art and Design

Introduction to the School

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, personal and career development.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Increasingly collaborations between artists and scientists are a feature of our cultural landscape.

Traditionally this relationship has been perceived as art in the service of science, whereby artists use their skills to visually interpret or communicate complex scientific ideas, objects or forms. However, a hybrid form of research has emerged over the last 30 years where artists and scientists are interested in the creative possibilities and speculative futures of the intersection of these two cultures.

This programme provides opportunities to collaborate across the visual arts and the world of scientific enquiry, and encourages transdisciplinary creativity based on the skills that you bring with you to the programme and those you develop during your research experience.

Join a programme unique to the UK which allows you to explore art in science project briefs in unexpected forms in readiness for application in the world of work. You will enjoy access to a number of different established research centres in Liverpool John Moores University and work collaboratively with other students, practitioners and researchers across art and science disciplines.

This MA programme has been established under the guidance of Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the Liverpool School of Art and Design and The Face Lab.

Professor Wilkinson is an experienced practitioner in the collaborative fields of Art and Science with a specialist interest in Forensic Art. Professor Wilkinson has worked with museums, forensic institutes and archaeology groups around the world. Other members of the programme team have specialist interests in Medical Art, Facial Identification, 3D modelling and animation, Critical Visual Studies, Curatorial Practice, New Materialisms, Cultural Anthropology and Medical Humanities.

Collaborative partners from teaching departments and research groups across Liverpool John Moores University, such as the Face Lab, Public Health Institute, Astrophysics Research Institute and Research Institute for Sports Science, are also involved in supporting the programme delivery through guest lectures, visits and set project briefs.

The programme has also established a collegial network of leading artists and institutions in Liverpool, the UK and internationally. Guest talks from established artists and researchers, as well as exhibition visits at partner institutions are a regular feature.

These links and opportunities are invaluable in allowing students to explore what Art in Science can be and how it can define their own practice and research.

Programme outline and structure

This practical, collaborative and vocational discipline can be applied to a rich variety of creative contexts and purposes within collaborative areas in art and science.

The MA is a studio based programme with collaborative practice and discovery at its core and you will be encourage to work across disciplines and, where appropriate, collaborate with other MA programmes within the Liverpool School of Art and Design. The programme will offer a number of options for collaboration including; Science and Archaeological Visualisation, Museum Practice, Education, Public Health, Biomedical Communications, Sports Science and Forensic Investigation.

You will focus on the practical application of art in a science context and be guided in understanding how this translates through a sequence of set and self-initiated projects. You will be encouraged to be critically aware of a range of international contemporary collaborative areas in art and science practice, and analyse the concepts, values and debates that inform study and practice in the field.

You will define your existing practice and extend its scope and ambition within an Art and Science context, while studying themes related to public engagement, ethics, data protection and working with humans in research, and developing an understanding of current research happening in collaborative areas in Art and Science.

The programme is delivered full-time over one year or part-time over two years and features a significant amount of independent study.

You will exhibit your final work at the Masters degree show which involves all Liverpool School of Art and Design's taught postgraduate Masters students. Full time students complete 4 x 30 credit modules in Semesters 1 and 2 and 1 x 60 credit module between March and August. Part-time students complete 3 x 30 credit modules in their first year and 1 x 30 and 1 x 60 credit module in their second year.

Facilities and Research Groups
The programme is based in the Liverpool School of Art and Design’s John Lennon Art and Design Building, a purpose-built facility in Liverpool city centre which encourages interaction between different disciplines and sharing of ideas and expertise.
 As a student on this programme you may become linked to Liverpool School of Art and Design’s Research Centre ART LABS (Artistic Research and Technologies Labs) - a world-leading centre for artistic, technological and transdisciplinary research and hosts inquisitive and creative researchers from around the world: all teaching, all learning, all working together for a better future. As Liverpool’s international flagship for cultural and creative research, ART LABS is a collective network of artistic research and technologies laboratories. ART LABS:

  • Develops useful knowledge through research and innovative creative practices
  • Stretches technologies
  • Imagines and realises visions
  • Connects and defines the future of disciplines
  • Grows sustainable, emergent and regenerative social forms
  • Plays a proactive role in the enhancement of wealth and wellbeing
  • Welcomes civic and research collaborations
  • Reflects, reviews and evolves

ART LABS consists six labs: Face Lab, Exhibition Research Lab, Contemporary Art Lab, FACTLab, Uses of Art Lab and Design Lab.

Throughout the programme you will have opportunities to visit and potentially collaborate with a number of established research centres across LJMU. This may include: The Public Health Institute, Astrophysics Research Institute, Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, and the Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, and you may work collaboratively with other students, practitioners and researchers across art and science disciplines.

You will have access to Liverpool School of Art and Design’s cultural partners, including Tate Liverpool, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Liverpool Biennial, plus access to local partners such as National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Medical Institution and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7

  • Studio practice (Art in Science)

Define your existing practice and extend its scope and ambition through exploration of a set or self-initiated project. Workshops and technical support will develop your practical skills, while a series of guest lecturers from LJMU’s scientific community will expose you to areas of collaboration

  • Research and Practice 1

This unique module is shared by all students studying on taught postgraduate programmes at Liverpool School of Art and Design and allows you to collaborate across programmes. A series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and visits will introduce you to current and emerging practice in relation to a diverse range of historical, theoretical and critical principles

  • Collaborative Practice

You will have opportunities to engage with a range of collaborative projects which challenge the notion of the interdisciplinary practice within the context of the contemporary art and design, enabling you to propose, plan, organise, publish and promote your work within the context of an external body

  • Research and Practice 2 (Art in Science)

You will study themes related to public engagement, ethics, data protection and working with humans in research. The aim of the module is to assist you in understanding research happening in collaborative areas in art and science

  • Major Project (Art in Science)
This module provides you with the opportunity to bring together the skills and knowledge that you have acquired throughout the programme; undertake and complete a sustained project on a topic agreed with your supervisor and closely linked with your career aspirations. You will exhibit your project during the annual Liverpool School of Art and Design Master’s Degree Show

Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers. Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

​The programme aims to provide a balance of opportunities for you to acquire and develop advanced skills and academic knowledge plus key and transferable skills.

Learning on the programme combines experiential elements with more formal lecture and seminar based delivery. This is a student-centred programme that recognises the need for you to establish a deep and inquisitive relationship with Art and Science critical theories and practices, the contexts within which they are deployed and the research against which they are evaluated.

You will participate in lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, group critiques, studio practical work, presentations, exhibitions and publications.

Assessments take many forms from portfolio and written submissions, to presentations and exhibitions. Staff continually help you to evaluate your work, assessing your progress and offering you feedback during all timetabled learning activities. You will receive regular verbal feedback during individual or group tutorials, and formal written assessment feedback within 15 days of final submission (unless stated otherwise).

You will have regular formative assessments that take place at appropriate interim points in each module. These are intended to advise, guide and inform you, helping you to identify your strengths and weakness as part of your learning process and personal development.

Summative assessment will take place at the end of each module and are based on a submission of ALL finished work and supporting material completed during the module. These final assessments are for progression. Marks are formally recorded against assessment criteria based on the module learning outcomes.

Staff research interests

As a Masters student on this programme you will have access to Liverpool School of Art and Design’s ART LABS research groups.

Your lecturers are all practitioners and researchers who attend conferences, contribute to books, journals and exhibitions, and generally keep abreast with current theory and practice within Art and Science related creative arts and industries. This practice and research feeds directly into the curriculum in many ways – most noticeably in lectures, workshop and seminars.

The MA Art in Science programme team have particular research interests in facial identification, medical and forensic art, art and science collaboration, 3D modelling and animation, ethics of display, curatorial practice, new materialisms, medical humanities and cultural anthropology for example. 
 

These interests have all informed the design of the MA programme. This feeds directly into the curriculum in many ways – most noticeably in the staff lectures, workshop and seminar ideas and project briefs that make up the content of modules.

In addition students may have the opportunity to collaborate with staff on exhibitions, staff research projects and summer school events.

Entry requirements (Home)

This cross-disciplinary programme is open to a range of applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • 2:1 or above from an honours degree in a related subject area.
  • Applicants with a 2:2 from a related honours degree will be assessed on an individual basis, and will be required to submit a portfolio*.
  • Applicants from a non-standard background or those without a related degree are welcomed, and will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment will include a review of portfolio*, CV and interview.

*Portfolios should consist of 8-12 images of any subject in any media or written work, that demonstrate your own practice and/or interest in Art/Science.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge to embark upon the programme (including the linguistic competence) and to complete the programme within time limits. Your personal statement should detail why you wish to study this programme and include personal experience and particular aspects of the programme that you find interesting. 

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

International

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent (minimum 5.5 in each subtest).

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. 

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. 

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website. 

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

Non-standard applicants or applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria may be requested to attend interview.

IELTS

6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

 
Bursaries and study awards
 
Applications for this year’s scholarships have closed. Details for the 2018 scholarships will be available soon.
 

The Liverpool School of Art and Design offers students across all taught postgraduate programmes opportunities to apply for scholarships aimed at broadening student knowledge and experience.

The Michael Pugh Thomas and Julia Carter Preston Legacy bursaries consist of a number of £1,000 awards and are open to full-time and part-time home and international students who wish to study for a postgraduate qualification in art and design with LJMU. Part-time applicants can only apply once over the two years of their course.

To be considered for the bursary, you must submit a 500 word letter to apsadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk after being formally offered a place on a Masters programme in the School of Art and Design.

Please ensure you include your name, contact details, the full title of the course you have applied to study on and 500 words stating why you should be awarded the scholarship, the benefits it will bring to your studies and any exceptional circumstances you face in studying for a postgraduate qualification. Further information for international students about finance, fees and scholarships can be found here.

The School's main travel bursary for existing students, The Susan Cotton Travel Awards, consists of three European Awards of £1,400 and two International Awards of £2,200. The awards are intended to help you undertake significant domestic or international travel in support of your work and personal development. The awards aren't necessarily about academic study, instead they focus on the spirit of travel and adventure. Previous winners of the bursary have travelled to a tropical island to experience life at its most basic, cycled the length of the Danube, spent a month in Morocco and inter-railed through Europe.

Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-

https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/discover/fees-and-finance/pg-uk-students-2017-18/funding

Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

LJMU Alumni Award

Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught Masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

Graduate employment

Our aim is for students to complete the programme in readiness for self-employment, or the world of work within their chosen specialist field and to produce graduates who can apply critical and practical skills, research techniques and understanding in their chosen careers.

On graduation this MA may be used for a range of essential purposes within public health, biomedical communications, forensics, education, as well as national and international museums in order to engage the public with science in a range of contexts.

Many graduates may go on to work freelance, however there are also a large variety of career opportunities in a range of related sectors, including:

  • Educational Technologists within medical and dental schools or for pharmaceutical companies
  • Artists within public health and medicine
  • Graphic Designers and 3D Modelling Artists for biomedical visualisation companies
  • PhD Researchers and Research Assistants for research groups and institutions
  • Artists in policing
  • Archaeological visualisation
  • Scientific Illustrators

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that 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.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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