The first course of its kind in the UK, it offers opportunities to showcase creative work and placements in London and the UK. A unique feature is the development of the student's own personal Arts Plan to navigate a professional creative future.
The MA is flexible and responsive to student needs through an extensive programme supported by over 20 specialist visitors, reflecting the aspirations of each cohort of students. The course defines the artist as a creative entrepreneur who is able to sustain independent arts practice in the light of 21st-century challenges. Visiting speakers are drawn from across the UK creative industries including the Arts Council, Arts and Business, Charitable Trusts, Corporate Sponsors, the National Lottery and Local Authorities. Leading professionals from business, financial management, communications, law and marketing contribute technical briefings.
Seminars and talks are given by publishers, collectors, curators, concert promoters and festival directors with individual contributions by successful entrepreneurial artists, composers, writers and prominent cultural leaders. Links are maintained with the University of East Anglia's Schools of Literature and Creative Writing, Music and World Art Studies and Museology and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
Taught sessions are held on two days per week to enable students to continue their creative practice. The course comprises four taught modules and a dissertation or creative equivalent. Assessment is based on eight pieces of coursework, the Arts Plan and a final dissertation or creative project/practical work/performance with a contextualised commentary.